The Obamas have been very quiet since leaving the White House in January.
Is this the calm before the storm? Will 2020 once again bring a famous Obama versus Clinton showdown?
After privately taking some time to adjust to no longer being First Lady, Michelle Obama will attend her first major event on April 27. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) hosts the event. The organization promotes it as a “conversation” with the former FLOTUS. Rumors are circulating that this event will mark her comeback into the public eye.
The AIA highlights Obama as a speaker, describing her as a “role model, champion, and inspiration for women, families, and young people across America and around the world.” The organization says that “over the last eight years while in the White House, former First Lady Michelle Obama has worked tirelessly to champion a number of important initiatives designed to make our world a better place.”
More and more, both she and Barack have been back in the public eye in a big way. Just last week, they were dressed to the hilt to have a power lunch with U2 lead singer Bono. The U2 frontman is himself very politically active and outspoken. They dined in a private room in a restaurant and the staff gave them a standing ovation when they left.
The former first lady has many of the correct things in place if she wanted to make a run for 2020.
First, Obama also has the beginnings of her own platform. She can continue the initiatives she began while her husband was in office. Michelle took on childhood obesity with the Let’s Move exercise program. She also wanted to create a better world for girls around the world with a school program called Let Girls Learn.
And what politician doesn’t have a book deal? A multimillion dollar book deal is in the works for the Obamas to tell about their White House years. There are no details as yet.
Over the last eight years, Michelle definitely gave many wonderful speeches. Many feel her best speech was at the Democratic National Convention in support of Hillary. Subsequently, Obama definitely was credited as Hillary Clinton’s biggest advocate. Obama did her best to rally the troops around Hillary Clinton and definitely was instrumental in drawing big crowds to Clinton rallies. As half of the country expressed shock at Clinton’s brutal defeat, many Americans started the rallying cry for Michelle to run for election in 2020.