Rumors are beginning to circulate that our beloved First Lady, Michelle Obama, is considering a run for the Senate, following in the footsteps of now-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The Democratic National Committee is beginning to print bumper stickers with Michelle’s image and the slogan that she chose for the DNC – “When they go low, we go high.”
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The Huffington Post has noticed that the First Lady’s speeches are getting more and more political, and point to her incredibly moving 2016 speech at the DNC as a parallel to now-President Obama’s own speech at the 2004 DNC, which catapulted him into the public eye.
Funny, but there seems to an awful lot of “America this” and “America that” for a commencement speech. Most graduation speeches are about the students’ accomplishments, not the country’s. Or, as in Michelle’s own past speeches, they’re about the struggle toward success or building yourself up, or about the special merits of the school that educated them. Yet Michelle’s last three graduation speeches have been different from her previous 20, and not just because they’re anti-Donald.
While Michelle hasn’t indicated any interest in running, there usually aren’t too many signs before first-time politicians declare their intentions. First Lady Obama is extremely qualified for the job, having graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She then worked at the Sidley & Austin law firm in Chicago, was a Special Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago in the early 1990s and later worked as an Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development.
She went on to become the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the Executive Director of a youth nonprofit called Public Allies. She also served on the board of directors at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs and TreeHouse Foods corporation.
Michelle Obama is a nigh-universally beloved figure, and more than qualified to take up the mantle of a U.S. Senator. We’d be absolutely delighted if she did decide to run!
This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.