Megyn Kelly recently speculated on her SiriusXM podcast, “The Megyn Kelly Show,” that Michelle Obama’s potential candidacy in the 2024 presidential election could significantly change the political landscape. “There’s no question she’s more talented than Joe Biden is politically. No question,” Kelly remarked during a Tuesday episode.
While Kelly expressed uncertainty about whether the former first lady would pursue the presidency, she acknowledged Obama’s influential role as a “powerful Democratic weapon” during her husband’s presidential terms. However, Kelly maintained a skeptical stance as a pundit on the potential success of such a move.
Kelly highlighted Obama’s recent appearance on Jay Shetty’s podcast, “On Purpose,” as a possible indicator of her political ambitions. She pointed out that Obama, with nothing specific to promote like a book or event, seemed to have a deliberate intent in choosing to speak out. Kelly pondered whether Obama’s motives were to support President Biden or to pave the way for her own political emergence.
During the interview with Shetty, Obama expressed her concerns about the upcoming presidential election and the importance of leadership, emphasizing the value of a president’s voice and influence. She did not directly mention Donald Trump but conveyed worries about taking democracy for granted.
Kelly, after viewing the interview, commented that Obama’s focus on rhetoric mirrored her husband’s approach, noting Barack Obama’s skills as an orator. She suggested that Michelle Obama was emphasizing rhetorical abilities as a key presidential quality, though Kelly herself believes that policy effectiveness is more crucial in a president.
Rumors about Michelle Obama’s possible run for president have been circulating since last year. Notably, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speculated in September that Obama could emerge as a candidate at the 2024 Democratic National Convention.
In a related development, JPMorgan strategist Michael Cembalest predicted in his list of “Ten Surprises” for 2024 that President Biden, who will be 81, might withdraw from the presidential race between Super Tuesday and the November election, potentially due to health concerns. This speculation contributes to the ongoing discussion about the Democratic candidacy in the next presidential election.