Michelle Obama: What will she do if she runs for a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2024?
Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she thinks President Joe Biden is “doing a great job,” but stopped short of a full-throated endorsement for another White House run in a recent interview.
Obama that added much of her hesitancy comes from her own experience as first lady, and knowing how important the decision to run for a second term is.
“It’s a personal decision that he and his family have to make. She said she would be more cavalier about opining on it if she hadn’t been through it. “But I know it’s a personal call I don’t want to be part of a bunch of people who are weighing in on what he should do.
It would mean more if she were to run again for president. Joe Biden’s reelection plan, if he runs, will depend heavily on his wife’s involvement. Her likability in purple and red states, as well as her own energy and endurance, are crucial to his game plan, said two people with insight into the 2024 campaign strategy. It was Biden, not the president, who barnstormed the states with at least 39 appearances at fundraisers to support candidates up and down the ballot. Asked if the first lady is prepared to hit the trail even harder for a 2024 bid, the senior Biden adviser told CNN, “She is ready and fully supportive.”
Last month, Biden’s big birthday made him the first octogenarian president of the United States. Friends and associates said that when Biden leaves the Oval Office, she doesn’t want that to be the marker that leads every article and analysis about him.
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“It’s probably the only job that few people know what it feels like to do, but everybody thinks they know how to do it. Everybody’s a backseat driver when it comes to being Commander in Chief of the most powerful nation on earth,” said Obama. “But it’s a tough job and I think that he’s doing the best he can under some tough circumstances.”
President Biden is spending Thanksgiving with his family. He said he would talk to his family during the holidays to see if he should go ahead and run again.
KEITH: Anita Dunn, who is a longtime adviser to Biden and is also a top White House official, was asked about it at an event recently put on by the publication Axios.
Anita Duncan is a woman. His decision to run in 2020 came after he posed as his grandchild at a family meeting. Pop needs to have a conversation. The family is going to be deeply involved in whatever decision he reaches because that’s who he is.
DUNN: We’re engaged in some planning just to make sure we’re in the political malpractice hall of fame if we don’t do it in November.
MARTÍNEZ: When Donald Trump said that he was going to run for president in 24 years, I think we all looked at D.C. and saw how Biden was going to do.
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The first lady was still mostly skeptical as of early fall – “not a proponent,” as one person familiar with her thinking told CNN. Friends have noticed a change since the November polls in which Democrats defy the fate of most parties of first-term presidents.
Even though the last several weeks of high-profile events have left her “exhausted,” said another person, “she has begun to say the quiet part out loud.”
She said that this time of year is busy. I know you have holiday shopping to do, cards to address, and cookies to bake. … It isn’t easy, is it? Sometimes you feel like a full-time job when you’re volunteering, organizing, and doing real full-time work.
According to three people who are familiar with the situation, there is a chance that the family won’t be in the same place at the same time this year, which would make for a complicated debate or a consensus if they had to choose between a debate or a consensus.
President Biden is well known for engaging in extended deliberations when it comes to major political decisions. The first lady said that it was up to her husband to decide, but she did leave an opening for him to decide against running as well.
But heading into her holiday break, Biden is coming off a physically and emotionally taxing period, said those who know her. Though still leaning into the presumption a second term is in the cards, the last two weeks have nonetheless run her ragged with the obligatory duties that the often-introverted first lady finds most draining, sources close to her said.
Over the last several days, hundreds of invited guests have been streaming through the White House for many holiday parties, as well as the recent wedding of her granddaughter, and the administration’s first State Dinner. On Wednesday, Biden and the president hosted yet another large-scale social event, a formal dinner in the East Room of the White House, for African nation leaders and their spouses in Washington this week for a summit. The spouses were asked to host events for the others on Wednesday and Thursday at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The source said the first lady was having laryngitis and that she was hoarse as a result of Biden’s altered voice. “She had three back-to-back parties on Saturday alone.”
The most important voice to her husband when he makes decisions is that of her, so she will need to be the loudest during the time when he makes a decision.
Though more squarely in the “we’re doing it” corner than she was even three months ago, Jill Biden still considers whether her husband, now 80, is up for a bruising battle, according to those familiar with her thinking.
A person with ties to the Biden family said thatJill Biden knows how the last few years have affected her husband. We all know the age issue as a country. She is the one who is able to analyze it consistently.
But a deeper analysis of what that would mean for Joe Biden’s legacy has only come more recently for the first lady, said others who have had more insight into conversations.
But she’s still uncertain how to shift that narrative in practice. The people who know her said she was not sure whether four more years would help or hurt.
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The president will make the decision. At a Wall Street Journal summit, Biden’s chief of staff said he expected it shortly after the holiday. He is expected to do it.
The president has made it known that he will run for reelection and that in the next breath will discuss it with his wife and family.
Joe Biden said at a news conference last month that it was a family decision. “I think everybody wants me to run, but we’re going to have discussions about it.”
With the clock on the 2024 announcement ticking, Jill Biden has one more shot at away-from-Washington alone-time with her husband, when she could wrap her head around what “all in” actually entails.
The couple heads to the warmer climes of St. Croix between Christmas and New Year’s; laying in the sun with a book is a favored activity for the first lady.
I hope that’s the case. President Barack Obama talked about the fact that he got a little time to sneak away for a week at his November news conference, when his wife was standing in the front row. It would be next year that we make that decision.
In a conversation with CNN, Biden said that the president’s trip to Ukraine and domestic issues had kept him busy over the last few days.
“How many 30-year-olds could travel to Poland, get on the train? Go for nine more hours, meet with Zelensky. She said so. “So, look at the man. Look what he’s doing. Look what he continues to do each and every day.”
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There have been lots of speculations about the decision on a Biden run, but he wouldn’t confirm if it has been made or when.