While first lady Michelle Obama has been heavily campaigning for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama has shot down any speculation that she will ever run for elected office.
On Oct. 28, President Obama told a radio station that his wife would be not be interested in ever throwing her hat into the political arena.
“She will never run for office,” the president said, according to Politico. “She is as talented and brilliant a person as there is and I could not be prouder of her, but Michelle does not have the patience or the inclination to actually be a candidate herself.”
The president added, “That’s one thing y’all can take the to the bank.”
While the president has dispelled any speculation that the first lady would seek office, data indicates she would likely be the most popular person in the field.
An August Gallup poll found that Michelle Obama has an approval rating of 64 percent, making her more popular than former President Bill Clinton and potential first lady Melania Trump by double digits, USA Today reports.
Since the beginning of October, the first lady has been devoting her time on the campaign stump to rally voters around Clinton. Observers have praised her as possibly the most effective surrogate for the Clinton campaign.
“She is somebody who enjoys the deep respect of a large majority of Americans,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “She also is somebody who’s a very persuasive speaker, she is somebody who has been able to make a forceful personal case about why she’s involved in this election.”
On Oct. 27, the first lady campaigned alongside Clinton in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On the stump, she acknowledged how unusual her role in the Clinton campaign has been, The New York Times reports.
“There are some folks out there who are commenting that it is unprecedented for a sitting first lady to be so actively engaged in a presidential campaign, and that may be true,” she said. “But what is also true is that this is truly an unprecedented election, and that’s why I’m out here.”
The first lady has frequently blasted Republican nominee Donald Trump for his personal attacks against Clinton, accusing the business mogul of lowering the bar for national discourse.
“Casting our vote is the ultimate way that we go high when they go low,” she told the North Carolina rally.
While the first lady has been proving to be a valuable campaign asset, she is unlikely to ever campaign for her own election.
“Some of you may be aware of the fact that Michelle does not really love politics,” President Obama said during a California fundraiser earlier in October. He added “She would have preferred a quieter life, a little bit more out of the limelight.”
President Obama concluded that his wife is only involving herself in the highly political climate of the 2016 presidential race because “she understands, as I understand, that some more fundamental values are at stake in this election."