In an interview Monday with resident Obama courtier Robin Roberts, who supposedly is a journalist for ABC, First Lady Michelle Obama said she would not be pursuing any political role after leaving the White House.
Michelle spoke with Roberts at a White House event. I assume the question may well have been planted so Mrs. Obama could scuttle talk of a Michelle political foray generated by my article for Reuters ,which speculated she might make a run for the Illinois Senate seat in 2016.
The piece, which didn’t predict she would run, said she might be considering it and offered up reasons why it could be a good idea for her and why she may come under pressure to seize the seat for Democrats. Mrs. Obama at the time did not respond to my request for comment.
But now she’s commenting.
MS. ROBERTS: Sasha will be in high school. There are many people that are wondering what’s your next act? Will it be political?
MRS. OBAMA: Me?
MS. ROBERTS: Yes, you.
MRS. OBAMA: No, it will not be political. (Laughter.)
MS. ROBERTS: No?
MRS. OBAMA: Yes, no, it definitely will not be. It will be mission-based, it will be service-focused. (Applause.)
Well, we’ll see. But certainly a decision by Michelle not to run would be welcome news to Republicans. Sitting GOP Sen. Mark Kirk who will have a tough, but not at all impossible, race defending his incumbency, an effort that would be made easier without Michelle’s name recognition and fundraiser capabilities.