It is not the first time that Michelle Obama has effortlessly held the attention of hundreds at a convention and her recent speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) was yet another well-received one.
From casting Hillary Clinton as her choice for President and as someone who could be trusted as a role model for children to taking numerous swipes at Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump without so much as mentioning him, Michelle Obama surely had the audience enthralled.
It is therefore no wonder that there have been speculations about Michelle Obama’s larger ambitions and that she would not be just retiring away from the limelight as the former first lady.
But this time, the speculations that Michelle would be running for a US office was followed by a clue.
The DNC has printed up Obama bumper stickers! These blue stickers were offered free in return to those donating $10 for the Clinton campaign. It shows the first lady bathed in Obama blue beside her convention speech phrase, “When they go low, we go high.”
It is also being speculated that if Michelle chooses to run for office, she would run for Senate from her state, Illinois.
However, every time Michelle has being asked about running for office, she has replied saying she never has any plans.
Speaking at a "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day" event at the White House back in April 2012, Michelle said she would never run for president. "Absolutely not. Being president is a really hard job and it's an important job. And when my husband is running for president, we're right in there; we're serving, too. And I think that once his terms are over, we'll go on to do other important things because there are so many ways that you can help this country and the world, even if you're not president of the United States," she had said.
She added, "One of the things you learn about yourself as you get older are what are your strengths and what are your interests, and for me, it's other stuff, that is not being the president, so I probably won't run.
In May, 2012, she said on The View: "There are so many ways to serve and being president is one of the hardest ways and that's one of the reasons why I tell Barack, I'm a little smarter than him. I picked the easier job.”
Speaking on a lighter note, in September 2012, she had said, "It takes a lot of patience to be the President of the United States. I'm not that patient."
But never say never. For, Hillary Clinton, who has been endorsed by Michelle, too had once said that she would never in her lifetime run for President. According to The New York Times, in an interaction with public in 1996, while her husband Bill Clinton was serving as President, Clinton was asked if she would run for President some day, she said, "Not in this lifetime."