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March 6th, 2009
02:56 PM ET

Does Michelle Obama have a future in politics?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Earlier this week I wrote this in my column on CNN.com: "First lady Michelle Obama has blown away the stale air in a White House musty from eight years of the Bushes. It's like the sun came out and a fresh spring breeze began wafting through the open windows."

Does Michelle Obama have a future in politics?

Mrs. Obama has avoided the appearance of getting involved in policy.

The First Lady recognizes the White House is "the people's house", inviting ordinary people, kids, you name it to visit. The nation's first African-American first lady is also making the rounds among federal agencies - sometimes thousands of government employees line up to see her. She has visited schools in the district and yesterday she went to a soup kitchen.

Perhaps it's no surprise that a recent poll shows Michelle Obama has the highest initial favorable rating of first ladies going back to Nancy Reagan.

An article in the Christian Science Monitor points out that one thing is clear about Michelle Obama's post-election rollout. "She is no Hillary Clinton," said the article. Although both first ladies are Ivy-league trained lawyers who came out of high-power careers, Mrs. Obama has avoided the appearance of getting involved in policy. Instead she's cast herself as "mom in chief", with her top priority getting her girls settled at school and into a routine.

Yet, some are wondering if this is just Obama's opening act, if policy work will be a natural progression at some point. After all, she was a top executive at a Chicago hospital. And during the campaign Obama held regular women's roundtables, selling her husband's candidacy and giving feedback to his inner circle. She has made the needs of military families a priority both before and after the election.

Raised on the south side of Chicago in a working-class family, Michelle Obama went on to a top-notch education at Princeton and Harvard Law School.

Here’s my question to you: Does Michelle Obama have a future in politics if she wants one?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tripp from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania writes:
Michelle Obama is the genuine article, perhaps even outshining Princes Di. She could be our nation's first queen if she chose. As for politics, I believe Michelle is far above the madding crowd and will always place her First Family first.

Susan in Twin Falls, Idaho writes:
Funny you should ask. I started turning that scenario over in my thoughts about a month ago. If she and Barack were to be elected to two full terms that would equate to 16 years of common sense, morality and brilliance. We sure could use all of those qualities.

Frost writes:
I think she has a big enough job now. She calms us like no other first lady, we admire her as the first mom and first lady. She is setting the standard of the Great American Mom. And that's a huge job. Both of them hit the ground running, every day they reach out and touch a part of American long forgotten about.

Frank writes:
God, I hope not.

Brielle from New Jersey writes:
She could, but I doubt she wants it. I would just like to say though–all those people who called her an "angry black woman" during the campaign are now eating their words, because she has shown herself to be bright, poised, down-to-earth, and deeply committed to the issues of the middle class.

Kevin from Omaha, Nebraska writes:
I feel the country still wants a female president and when that time comes, she could set the standard on how to do that...if she wants to! Who would be her competition? Sarah Palin? That's another Super Bowl blowout!

Marie from Ontario writes:
In most modern countries, Michelle Obama would likely be a shoe-in with her high level of intelligence and charisma, but I think being a woman and being black would be just too much for the U.S. to handle at this point in time. On the other hand, if she ever did manage to get elected it would be fun to watch the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly’s heads explode on air.


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  1. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I would hazard the guess that she does. She speaks well, has good ideas and is intelligent. On second thought, maybe she doesn’t

    March 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  2. Ben from Gaithersburg, MD

    Nah. She's too smart for that.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  3. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Yes she has a future, even if she was the worst politician ever. In this country, name recognition trumps policy every time.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  4. John from Alabama

    Jack: Mrs. Obama could have a future in politics if she wanted it. I believe Mrs. Obama wants to raise her children and be a supportive wife of President Barack Obama. She has many talents and skills which to call on to accomplish being a good parent and wife. After her husband is no longer president and the children are out in the world as adults then she might think about running for office or becoming an active attorney. Mrs. Obama will succeed at any job she wants to do.

    John from Alabama

    March 6, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  5. Jim/NC

    After four or eight years watching her husband in the political relm, I doubt she will want one. She probably will not want to take time away from her children, which is a good thing.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  6. Jenna Wade

    Does Michelle Obama have a future in politics if she wants one?

    Only if she wants one.

    Frankly I think that she would make an excellent president.

    She has the race and gender vote all rolled into on intelligent person!

    She would have my vote!!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    March 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  7. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Michelle Obama would have a future in anything she pursued, but think probably when her husband serves his eight years, she will
    be very contented to return back to the life of a more normal person.
    She certainly has the intelligence, integrity and such sincerity to be
    the kind of politician we want and need.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  8. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    Why does she need a "future in politics".....????? Why waste her talent? She is a bonafide attorney and even though politics are everywhere including the legal profession ...they are not near as dirty as POLITICS which end up in Washington. She is and will be an excellent first lady and she will continue to open doors for a lot of women, men, and children. She is a bright and shining star, and she lights a candle in a world of darkness. THE White House will never be the same. If she gets real bored, she can always be a model and if I have already convinced you of her abilities, see Annie Leibowitz's picture of her in Vogue – a gorgeous woman. She is built for success. She knows who she is and she knows where she came from and she knows and loves people – what more does she need?

    March 6, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  9. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Michelle Obama's future is very bright. She is intelligent, beautiful, and talented. No wonder you have a crush. I'll bet half the nation does too. This country is now showing the world it's best face and I for one am very proud.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  10. John, NC

    In my personal opinion, Michele Obama looks awsome as a first lady and as a mom. It is too early to tell if she has a future in politics. I don't think she has the strength or experience that, for example, Hillary Clinton has. We just need to wait and see.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  11. ajks

    Why do journalists have to come up with silly questions like this? She has been a first lady for less than two months. Let her and us enjoy the job she is doing as first lady (most people are very impressed with her), and the important job of being a mother. There is time for these types of questions way in the future.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  12. Paula in Albuquerque

    Indeed! She's warm...natural...approachable...has significant "life experience" from a number of perspectives...and, she has an abiding interest in people, their concerns, and dreams. I would love to support her in whatever endeavor she might champion, since she is "the genuine article"...a magnificent role-model for ALL American women...young and old...

    March 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  13. Gigi in Alabama

    Michelle Obama is a very smart woman that can do anything she sets her mind to. . . but she seems to prefer being a mother to her two girls and a supporting wife to her husband, Barack.
    If she decides to enter politics, she will definitely be an asset to the Democratic Party.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  14. Terry in Hanover County

    If she wants to go into politics, she will succeed. She's an inspiration to many and an excellent example of what hard work can achieve in spite of the naysayers.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  15. JD in NH

    I imagine Michelle Obama could have a great future in politics – she's intelligent, well educated, compassionate, attractive and well spoken. She'd have my vote.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  16. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    I think so. After hearing her speak a few times, I think she sounds more sensible than her husband.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  17. Sonya

    Yes Jack I think she does have a future in politics if she wants it, but why would anyone in their right mind delve into the cesspool of politics with all the back door dealing thats going on its worst than the MOB. All they care about is the small group of friends and family surrounding them and how they can pillage the village!!!!
    Sonya from Dallas, TX.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  18. Jason

    Michelle Obama would have a great future in politics because of 3 things work ethic, balance and leadership ability. She is also like her husband in which she has the smarts to be in wall street and could be living it up but has worked diligently for healthcare and also homelessness in America. The first lady also has balanced greatly her work on the road and at home. Plus we need to remember she is raising those two girls and making their lives as normal as possible while doing this. Also as a leader I think that after the job that she did in the campaign she showed that she can lead any cause.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  19. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    If Sarah Palin can become a governor, Michelle Obama should be able to do anything she wants...

    March 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    She had to be talked into this level of public service by Barack appealing to her patriotism. She may well feel that they have done more than their duty by the time their 8 years are up.

    If she chose to run for president, she could very well defeat Barack, but I doubt she would sacrifice these precious growing years with the kids while Barack is getting top marks from all the political commentators.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  21. cesar/columbus OH

    The Obamas are a discipline and lovely couple and let not mess this up by involving her in the politics. She is is doing a wonderful job as the first MOM and as a firt Lady and we don't need to add any more. There is enough charitable work that she can get involve in for 8 years so let it be.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  22. Michael "C" Lortton, Virginia

    Jack: If you stop and think about it--we are have a future in politics-it is some decide to pursue it-and others don't. She probably does--but I don't think she will be traveling that road for quite some time--if at all.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  23. Nancy, Grand Ledge,MI

    She is way too intelligent to want a future in politics. If she wanted one, she would be great! She has good old fashioned common sense, which is a rarity in Washington, and she cares about real people livng in the real world. She is a breath of fresh air in a city full of swine odor and she is not a phony like so many we have seen.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  24. Tina Tx

    No. She needs to tend to her kids and pass out food at the soup kitchens and etc. She is needed there.

    March 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  25. LIZ WILLIAMS

    No Jack, She does not fit the bill. She is a smart individual, and she is a honest human being, politics is dirty business, while she would walk in the foot steps of her spouse the President to do the right thing for the people the opposition would tear her down like they are trying to do to the President.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  26. Karen - Nashville TN

    Yes. Michelle Obama is in the public eye whether she wants to be or not, and she is handing her role with grace and intelligence. Whether she chooses to to stay there after her husband's term is up remains to be seen, but my opinion is that she would be an asset in almost any position.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  27. Gina in Racine, Wi

    She will do what Hillary didn't......she will run successfully for the White House.

    This woman is intelligent, has grace, and good sense. And she loves this Country and holds the same beliefs as her husband, for what our Country should stand for and what America needs to succeed.

    Oh and Jack.....alot of us have a crush on her too.....the woman is marvelous.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  28. Carol c.

    She definitely could should she choose. She has such charisma and heart for hurting people and that would be a hindrance. Politicians care about their agendas and the rest of the world be damn. She is doing what she loves to do, open doors for people and show them they are not forsaken. Maybe if some of the republican wives would get off their high horses and talk to people they could make a difference. She is just too focused on the people to do the work of a politician.

    Knoxville, TN

    March 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  29. Sophie

    She will be a great president!

    March 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  30. Matthew, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Right now she looks like she'd have the same following as her husband, if not more. Hillary might have some good political capital, but she would not stand a chance against Michelle. She could be the Queen of England if she wanted to.

    PS
    I liked your article on her, Jack.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  31. Veronica, Richmond, VA

    Hi Jack, I would vote for Mrs Obama if she decided to become President. She is such a classy lady & funny too. I also like the fact that she loves to wear dresses, haven't seen that in years

    March 6, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  32. Judie from St. Augustine, F

    Jack,
    Judging from what we have seen so far this Lady can do and be anything she wants to do in life. I agree with you she is inspiring and a great roe model for all Americans. Great Change isn't it?

    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    March 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  33. stephen blesofsky

    With her credentials, track record, demeanor and visibility Michelle Obama has a future in just about anything she would choose to undertake.

    steve blesofsky
    sun city center, florida

    March 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  34. Jane (Minnesota)

    I would say if she wants one, she does. Hilary was able to have one.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  35. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    Yes she does! After Barack is finished with his second term, she could run for any public office she wants and win!

    March 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  36. Deacon in Grand Rapids

    Illinois Senator Michelle Obama. Has a nice ring to it in 2016.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  37. John Miller

    I think that she is the future of politics, normal caring people.
    People are warmed to her and trust her. I trust her as well. She has proven in this short time how great of an asset to the US and her husband

    March 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  38. Pat_Pinehurst NC

    Absolutely Michelle will make a significant contribution to whatever she does as she is well informed on policy issues and the needs of the people. Her honesty and intelligent articulation put Pelosi to shame. If we had more women of her caliber in postitions of influence, the USA wouldn't be in such a mess!

    March 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  39. Rebecca

    I have always wanted a female president. However I did not want Hillary Clinton and quite a few others who are politicians right now. However Mrs. Obama has me excited for a female president again. I think the country needs a woman in charge how knows that the job is to serve the people and one who knows where priorities belong, with the children and veterans. I would vote for her with no second thoughts.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  40. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Of course she does. She's shown what an active,caring First Lady can be. She's involved in helping people and she tries to make a difference. She doesn't come across as a wooden, fake smile on her face First Lady like Laura Bush did. You go, Michelle!

    March 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  41. Jim, from Las Vegas

    I hope not!

    March 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  42. K.B. VanHorn

    Of course! Both Obamas are committed to the reconstruction of our country. They are not the type to give up on America and quietly retire to a ranch somewhere after the president's term is over. Michelle is proving herself to be a positive role model for the modern woman. Women everywhere will be watching to see what she does next.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  43. Grace

    Yes – after 8 yrs? their girls would be teenagers. She can make it work.

    Anchorage, AK

    March 6, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  44. Janet, Yosemite Gateway, California

    Yes, she does . . . if America can get past gender bias and racism.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  45. Mark in OKC

    Isn't one Obama and one Depression enough?

    March 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  46. Portia, Los Angeles CA

    Of course she does Jack! Michelle Obama is the prototypical superwoman. Our First Lady is beautiful and intelligent, she's a loving mom, a lawyer, a philanthropist, an international fashion icon, and just an all-around great person with an infectious personality! With those stats, I'm actually hoping she'll run in 2012.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  47. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    First, I'm sure that she'd get your vote. Yes, if she really wanted a position in politics she would win. I suggest that she be Speaker of the House to replace "Jane in the Box" Pelosi and soon or Harry the Pork machine Reid.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  48. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    Mrs. Obama's political future would appear to be more in the footsteps of Eleanor Roosevelt than those of Hillary Clinton. At this point in time, her choice will be, like that of Mrs Roosevelt, of the greatest benifit to the American public.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  49. MARK K.

    .Of course Jack ! But with her down to earth personality,she may get ate up by the ravenous right.Still way better than Sarah,I can see Russia! Hayward,Wi.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  50. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,

    According to our Constitution anyone who meets the qualifications for a pubic office can run. It does not matter what you, me or anyone else thinks about her political future. If the present first lady chooses to follow in the footsteps of HRC's, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in seeking her own political career then may the force be with her...

    Central Islip, N.Y.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  51. J Georgia

    Isn't that who we are now? Passing public offices to spouses and offspring like some sort of English Royal system?

    March 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  52. karen-phoenix

    1st Women President of the United States of America!!!

    March 6, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  53. Ralph Nelson

    Here's very likable and very honest, but does she have Hillary's ambition? I just want the economy fixed. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  54. samir from florida

    She has made it too far to not have a future from here. She wouldn't be wise not to continue in politics after her husband has laid down the ground work for her.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  55. Sharon in Virginia

    Jack,
    Yes Michelle Obama has a future in politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  56. BillD

    Does Michelle Obama need a future in politics? She strikes me as someone who can do whatever she puts her mind to. Why bother with the rotten nature of politics?

    BillD

    Champaign, IL

    March 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  57. Rose in Az

    Why not, if Burris can become a Senator with all the baggage he is carrying then I believe that almost anyone can get into politics. I really don't see Michelle Obama in politics at least until her children are grown, they should come first.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  58. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Yes

    We cannot compare the two women different style since we are at a different time with different players.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  59. Richard K.

    Absolutely, but why would someone as dynamic, energetic, and talented as Mrs. Obama want to rub elbows with elements of corruption, deception, and outright illegal activities? Her talents are of better use in activities that actually empower the human condition and spread compassion across racial and class lines. Politics is far too limiting for qualities that powerfully impact the affective health of our national character, and inspire progress through deeds and not merely words. Michele Obama embodies this RIGHT STUFF!

    March 6, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  60. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    She has a lot more on the ball than Sarah,and look how far SHE got!

    March 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  61. Frost

    I think she has a big enough job now, she calms us like no other first lady, we admire her as the first Mom and first lady. She is setting the standard of the Great American Mom. and that's a huge job.

    Both hit the ground running, everyday they reach out and touch a part of American long forgot about..

    I think the people who have negative stuff to say are
    one .. lazy to get off their bums and do something for someone else
    two.. embarrassed by the fact they just sit and do crossword puzzles
    Three.. they don't have the looks or the heart she has

    and I love her arms.. never cover them up..

    March 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  62. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    There is no way to tell if Michelle is qualified. Yeah, I know. She's a lawyer but so are so many knuckleheads on the hill. Let's find out if she has good common sense first and then proceed carefully.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  63. Harry

    She might have a future, IF she doesn't appear interested until hubby's tenure is finished. Any earlier..... been there and done that.

    Harry,
    Ky.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  64. Jackie in Dallas

    I think if she wants one, she probably could have a career in politics. She's bright, she's personable, she's capable, she's involved, she's motivated, and she's intelligent.

    However, I don't see her getting into politics directly, Jack. Number one, I think her girls come first, and she wouldn't consider it until they were both much older. Instead, I think she'll be more like Eleanor Roosevelt than Hillary. Eleanor was a powerhouse, and Franklin's true right hand. But she was an extension of him without losing her own identity.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  65. Marie Shum oceanside ca

    Jack
    wouldn't surprise me, i too am smitten with our new first lady, she is smart, articulate, funny, has a mind of her own and says things i love to hear. I am really proud of my country at this time and its all because she choose to marry that man who is in the white house right now. I like the way she carries herself and even wears sleeveless clothes. I believe she is all together as intelligent as another first lady we had 16 years ago. I believe what she is doing with all her outings since in the white house are a home run. she is out with military families they have been always off our radar and unthanked for what they do. she makes me proud of her every day that Obama had the good sense to marry her. If she should want a career as in politics I would happily cast my vote for her.

    March 6, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  66. rbristow

    Jack, if she decides to enter into the business of politics, Mrs. Obama will have a great future in that realm, because she is an intelligent, practical person that would lend credence to any post of her choosing. Moreover, Mrs. Obama, alongside President Obama during the last campaign cycle, experienced the grueling, yet rewarding affects of the political/campaign process. I believe first and foremost that the well-being of her daughters and the adjustment her family being together under one roof are the main the focus for her now.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  67. gerry in toronto

    I'm sure she does have a future in politics if she wants one, but I think she recognizes her main positions are supporting her girls and her husband.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  68. BRUCE, ST PAUL, MN

    She's smart, she is a good speaker, and she is tall. All good political qualities. And we know she would have your vote.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  69. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    I really thinks she does if she wants one. The things that she is choosing to do as First Lady are right on target for these tough times. I like the fact that she is her own person, able to speak and act for herself. If, in the future, she would run for office, I would certainly vote for her.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  70. Ken in NC

    Ms. Obama could have a future in politics if she chooses or she can wait 8 years and slide into your seat Jack after you retire. That would be the best thing for her to do. That way you could retire and watch Wolf and Michelle at 4pm Monday through Friday in The Situation Room.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  71. Marie Ontario

    In most modern countries Michelle Obama would likely be a shoe in with her high level of intelligence and charisma but I think being a woman and being black would be just too much for the U.S. to handle at this point in time.

    On the other hand if she ever did manage to get elected it would be fun to watch the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill "O" The Clown's heads explode on air.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  72. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Like you, Jack, I am in love with Michelle too because she is real. I think she would only survive in politics if other real people were elected to serve with her. What a novel idea that would be!

    March 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  73. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    I'll be honest; during the campaign and even up to election day I was not a big Obama fan. My problem with her was that she never, ever smiled and looked absolutely evil. My problem with him was why did it take 20 years or so to change churchs? Why expose your family to a radical reverend? However, I do give people a chance. What the Obama's have done in their first 50 or so days in office may turn me into a believer. What Michele is establishing as her track record would make me her strongest supporter.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  74. Billy G in Las Vegas

    I think Michelle Obama is the most impressive first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt and even more so than Hillary Clinton BUT as good as she is, IF she was to be given a "political" role in ramrodding a program, it might actually DIMINISH her advocacy position.

    that's what happend with Hillary and healtcare back in the early years of the Clinton presidency.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  75. vern-t anaheim,ca

    yes if she wants one.she is a very intelligent lady ,the most intelligent since eleanor roosevelt and if she keeps on doing as she has there's no limit to how far she can go

    March 6, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  76. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Yes,if she wants it.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  77. Nancy, Tennessee

    Michelle Obama's success in politics will be dependent on Barack's suceess as President. If Barack leaves baggage behind when he leaves office, Michelle will have to tote it like Hillary had to lug around Bill's when she ran for President. Sometimes the weight we carry not through fault of our own can weigh us down and cause defeat.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  78. Lynne

    Wow......never thought about it BUT I can see the Obamas doing the "getting 2 for 1" thing and Michelle vs Hillary in 2016 !!

    March 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  79. Nick Obrenovich; Cutler, WI

    Jack:

    This is the classiest First Lady since Elenore Rooseveldt. Another
    fine First Lady has already proven that there's a political future; so
    why not for Michelle Obama?

    March 6, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  80. Wardell katrina survivor

    I think Michelle would be a shoe in if, she chose to be a politian, but this is a smart woman, and her children and family are the most important things in her life, america should be grateful , she supported her husband to be a politian, it's a very negative business in this country,which it shouldn't be , mainly looking at the state of affairs today. I don't think she will subject her family to anymore than her husband's involvement, she would be a fantastic official!!! There's more where she came from, if only given a chance.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  81. Ralph

    Yes, and her future is now.
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    March 6, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  82. Rob, San Diego

    Sure, why not. Hillary Clinton became a Senator based upon her 8 years of "experience" as First Lady.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  83. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    Michelle Obama is the genuine article, perhaps even outshining Princes Di. She could be our nation's first Queen if she chose. As for politics, I believe Michelle is far above the madding crowd and will always place her First Family first.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  84. yashica summerville, sc

    Yes jack I am a 24 year old black woman and she has inspired me!

    March 6, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  85. Pete Indy

    Jack, If there jobs available in government, Michelle Obama has a very impressive resume for politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  86. Karen in Sacramento

    A future in politics? Jack, she IS in politics now–and doing quite well at it. Though she's not in an elected office, I think she doing a lot for our country with her visits. I think she'll be especially useful for military families. And she doesn't have to keep hitting people up for donations!-

    March 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  87. Gwen

    Mrs. Obama – with the Obama smile is the best publicity person in the world. I think she really does care about people, and will give a human face to the politics of this administration. God bless them both and give them the strength and spirit needed so badly during this difficult time.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  88. NANCY M.- Colorado

    Michelle Obama is a splendid first lady, and whatever else she does. She is an inspiration to all Americans. I'm sure her counsel to the President will be right on target when that is given. I'm sure she will find the most appropriate paths to take.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  89. Kiran Mandava,Atlanta,GA

    Yes. The way she is presenting her self for sure she is going to be the first lady president of this country. Whether it is 2012, 2016 or 2020 time will say.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  90. Kiki

    God, I hope not! One obama in the white house is enough. That she had a "top notch" education does not make her any more qualified than someone who has worked their way up the political ladder. Her top executive job in chicago was probably just a position created as so many have been involving the chicago politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  91. Michael - Boston

    Her fate is tied largely to Mr. Obama's. If Bill wasn't such a likable guy I doubt HIllary would've had much of a post first woman political career. If Barack succeeds, the Obama name will be political gold for many years to come. Let's not forget it's the young generation who supports him most, Michelle could grow with that demographic.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  92. Tyler Stone

    I certainly hope so. If our current politicians were half as bright as our First Lady then we probably wouldn't be in the pickle we're in today. Jack, Mrs. Obama is the whole package and the real deal.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  93. Greg, Ontario

    With all do respect Jack Americas last few first ladies (Hillary excluded) have been sort of window dressing for the White House. Michelle Obama is way above that. She is educated, articulate and fearless about saying how she feels. There is no doubt in my mind she is a serious well of strength for the president and could be for the American people if they let her.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  94. Gigi

    Everyone has a choice to go into politics. If you can afford the price it costs. What kept Hilary from winning? her husband maybe. It will depend on how the Obama's leave the White House. Her future is just beginning. And it is refreshing but... the media can change that in a BREAKING NEWS flash.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  95. Griff...... The Truth

    Why not? But I still abide my decision, about her husband. That you will never change.. He may be learning now, but he came in the wrong door. No confidence in this guy at all.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  96. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, I don't think she's wants a future in politics, but she could have one if she did. She is a law graduate, and very smart, personable, and attractive. I think Michelle is happy doing those things, but most of all being a Mom. She Rocks.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  97. Kim VA

    I doubt it. There are some plotting against her husband every day, why put the family through it again. I think that her family is what is most important to her. Barack knows he can help the country and it was hard enough getting her to support the thought, of her husband being the president. Mde to dance like a stereotype, called the n word by his own elite, accused of palling around with terroris. Sure, this will be out of the family system, when he is finished volunteering to save the country, and put US back on the right track.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  98. nora CC TXAS

    I think Michelle Obama is like a breath of fresh air. She is intelligent and I think she would be wonderful running for any office she wanted. There is an honesty about her and I appreciate her down to earth,just one of us attitude. She is young and has a wonderful future ahead of her.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  99. Eileen Peabody MA

    Yes she does, if she wishes.

    However, she does have class beyond description and she may have trouble dealing with the snake in the grass types, like Sara Palin.

    I'm not saying she is a wimp; she is just a much, much, much better, caring, and intelligent person.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  100. Richard

    Jack: She could if she wantas so could her children. Anyone but a Republican

    March 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  101. Sherri (From Mills, Wy.)

    I hope so, Jack. She is so smart, and so good hearted and so educated, we NEED more people like her in government. Could we clone her?

    March 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  102. gerry luimes

    Jack,I'm certain that you are not the only male enamored with the first Lady.She is truly adorable; Her endeavors come quite natural,and it is gratifying that these traits are generally very positively recognised.
    I cannot guess about her political aspirations,but I can imagine her husband whispering to her when together on the couch: "Honey ,how do you think I should tackle this *(^#) problem?"

    March 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  103. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    I hope not. I'm sick and tired of family dynasties in American politics.

    American politics should not be a matter of inheritance. In my opinion, simple name recognition plays to great a part in today's US politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  104. saba from maryland

    I believe she does but the competition is going to be hard since the GOP have so many great leaders, to name a few Rush , Joe the Plumber and P

    March 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  105. Susan from Twn Falls Idaho

    Funny you should ask. I started turning that scenario over in my thoughts about a month ago. If she and Barack were to be elected to two full terms that would equate to 16 years of common sense, morality and brilliance. We sure could use all of those qualities.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  106. Maurice - Two Rivers, WI

    I hope not. She is too nice a person to get up in corrupt politics.

    Maurice
    Two Rivers, Wiscosnsin

    March 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  107. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    Michelle Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She is a gorgeous and statuesque First Lady. Michelle Obama can have anything she wants.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  108. Jay in Texas

    Michelle Obama may have a future in politics, IF her husband breaks free from the corporate control that has gripped our government in recent decades. I think Americans are beginning to wise up to the cause of our economic collapse and erosion of our constitution freedoms, liberties, and civil rights. Clearly, the primary cause of these dangers to our national security is corporate control of our government and our "elected" representatives.
    Brownwood, Texas

    March 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  109. Peg OShia

    I have watched first ladies closely since Eleanor Roosevelt.....I have never seen a first lady go out & serve at a food kitchen before... OUTSTANDING example of what is needed today.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  110. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    I think she really does,if she wants it. She is a natural.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  111. Jerry Harris

    Without a doubt she could but why would she exchange her life as it is for a giant headache

    March 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  112. mighty white

    Michele is capable but surely unwilling to forsake her family for the responsibilities needed for something that would take away her shortening time with her husband and children. I'm sure the demand on her time is quite overwhelming and her dedication to do something thoroughly and very well wouldn't allow for it. Maybe a good part-time job would do!

    March 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  113. Natalie

    Absolutely. The key words being of course "...if she wants one". Both President and Mrs Obama operate from a place of positivity, hope and conviction something rarely witnessed these days. Mrs Obama has made it clear that her first priority is being a good mother to her children. However, whose to say what she might set her eyes and her heart on later as these girls come of age.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  114. Susan

    I am guessing that she may wait until her girls are older, just like Hillary did. But why not? As you point out she has the education, and also the people skills. Time will tell whether she wants to give up even more of her private life than she does now as First Lady. It is a lot to ask of anyone!

    March 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  115. Willow, Iowa

    I think she could have a future in politics if she wanted it. But I hope she is doing a lot of the work she is doing now because she is interested in helping, such as the military wives, etc.

    She found out quite early in the campaign that politics can be vicious. After the big row over her saying she is finally proud of her country, she would be, I am sure, a bit cautious.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  116. Rachel in Tennessee

    It would be great to have someone with a head on her shoulders helping make policies. Washington needs a breath of fresh air and as a woman who climbed the corporate latter, I know she has what it takes to become involved. I, for one, would welcome her into politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  117. PORTIA

    No, Michele Obama will not need to be in politics, she will stay busy enough as the FIRST LADY, she will be tuned in on all politics as is, she is involved enough with the president...
    PORTIA

    March 6, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  118. joan (canada)

    Michelle is smart, genuine and down to earth. I would llike to see her run for president in 8yrs., unlikely that she is interested in that., she will be thinking about grand kids in the future. She is an amazing first lady.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  119. ANDRES SAENZ(Albuquerque, NM)

    I think it's much too early to tell if Mrs. Obama has a future in politics or not. I think for the time being, she should certainly focus on giving her husband all of the moral, emotional, and spiritual support that he needs, because being the President of the USA is an incredibly-huge responsibility and he's bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  120. Richard New Hampshire

    Yes,Mrs. Obama is in politics now.She and President Obama have a great future in politics as long as they continue to tell the truth.After a time of universal deceit ,a politician telling the truth,becomes a revolutionary.
    Our politicians have been "shovel ready" and they continue to shovel it,deeper and deeper.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  121. Jan Gray FLORIDA

    I think Michelle is wonderful, but she does not have the knowledge
    and backround Hillary CLinton has.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  122. steve paul,from Owerri Nigeria

    Ofcourse she can,yes she can,Michelle is intelligent,diplomatic and infact very articulating as well as President Obama,No doubt about it Jack,you can tell a ripe corn by its look.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  123. LInda in Arizona

    Sure, I suppose. She needs to stop going "uhhhh" every two seconds. Her speech patterns drive me nuts. Not only does she go "uhhhh" constantly, she does it with this deep vibrating sound that is really awful. Other than that, she's okay, I guess. I don't know. I don't have a crush on her like you, Jack.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  124. V.K. Raman, Sparks

    Her future in future depends how Obama does in his first term. However, in future administration, she will be a good cabinet secretary material for housing and urban development.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  125. Scott in Canada

    The key is "if she wants one". If she wants it, she's smart enough, charismatic enough and talented enough to get it.

    And that's even before we factor in her powerful husband

    March 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  126. Cori

    Of course! She's a very intelligent woman, and a strong presence. As long as she has the drive and energy to invest in the political arena, she will open doors and make change.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  127. Ken Harrod

    The question if she "has a future in politics' is a long ways from her wanting a future in politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  128. Hugh ~ Tracy, California

    Jack,
    I don't think Michelle Obama wants a future in politics. After Barack Obama finishes his time in the White House, I doubt she'll have any desire to serve in public office after all the negative things people have said about her husband. It will just be a relief when it's all over.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  129. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    I am a 70 year old white man living in Arkansas. I would vote for her in a heartbeat. I find her refreshing, intelligent, and caring.

    March 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  130. Eleanor

    Michelle Obama is taking the role of first Lady to new heights
    She is friendly outgoing, charming and fashionable , not to mention
    highly intelligent
    I could easily see her having a role in politics and even running for *president* one day.She would be a breath of fresh air over Palin any day!!!
    Eleanor
    Ontario Canada

    PS: good luck with your new book Jack, your first one was great!

    March 6, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  131. Leslie

    Could she have a future in politics? Sure. She has the intelligence, the know how and stomach for it. But would she make her future in politics…probably not. I believe she has different priorities and different goals. Why are asking this question now anyway? Shouldn't we be concentrating on the current President and the economic crisis? Come on guys, STAY FOCUSED!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  132. Stephanie Lurz

    No Hillary Clinton, huh? That's right. Being an untraditional woman is just such a travesty. I find it sad that we still are just all too happy to see that Michelle isn't trying to be too untraditional. God forbid, we let first ladies be the actual intelligent, invested, talented people they are instead of treating them like symbols.

    Washington, DC

    March 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  133. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    If she wanted one, yes. But I think she's more than happy NOT going through everything her husband had to go through.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  134. James in TN

    You betcha she does. She's a great first lady and with a great first lady comes a great President. Everytime I see them as a couple they're smiling and laughing. Maybe if more couple smile and laugh a little more divorce would decrease.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  135. Carlo

    Jack, I don't think she's interested. I just don't get that from her. This was her husband's dream. I think she'll probably go back to public service. It seems to be what she loves doing the most even now.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  136. Carole

    Yes if she wants one. I don't think she does, I think that they can afford for Michelle to be philanthropic with her time right now and she can do far more to help causes near and dear to her heart if she continues to do just what she has been doing. I comes from the heart and it's real that is what counts, it will help her husband in the short and long term and will be an inspiration to her children and others

    March 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  137. NYC REPUB, Bx., NY

    Absolutely....... She is the mirror image of Hillary, as far as accomplishments go....... Except we know who runs the White House..... I believe she's warming up to life in Washington, and her role out on the city, and this nation, is inspiring during these tough times....... Sky is definitely the limit for her..... Can I get a fist bump?

    March 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  138. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    Of the two of them, Barack and Michelle, she is the smart one.
    She is a better speaker. She has the facts and can talk without a script. I WILL vote for her.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  139. Sheryl

    First Lady Michelle Obama can really do anything she sets her heart to. Her decisions are not made in a vacuum, they're carefully thought out and through. So one can count on her allegiance, dedication, and hard work to get the job done when she decides what that job will be.

    Sheryl
    Phoenix, AZ

    March 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  140. Cory from connecticut

    Michelle will do a lot more good for our country being a Mom than she would being a politician. This is not to say she wouldn't make a good politician, however she appears to be a strong positive role model to mothers around the nation which invests a great deal into our future generations.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  141. Jim from Chicago

    I certainly don't see why not, Jack. Michelle is sharper than a tack and more honest than anybody else we have in politics in this state.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  142. Kevin Hemp

    I hope not. My personal opinion as just an ordinary white guy is she's to far above that kind of horrible world of dishonesty.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  143. Jim from Texas

    She comes from the middle class and understands regular people. And yet she has shown the grace and glamour that makes Americans admire her so much. However, she won't be running for anything soon because she has made clear that raising her young daughters is her first priority.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  144. bob from canada

    well jack if her husband got elected him sure she can.....she's just as capable......qualifed and charming as her husband.......and she's lovely.....so if the repugs keep on with their hatred she's a lock in if she wants to run....let's hope she does......

    March 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  145. Richard - Minneapolis, MN

    Almost anything Micelle Obama wants is in the realm of possibility including a future in politics! Her sense of self, her foresight, her empathy will all serve her well however she chooses to serve, which ultimately she will do – serve.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  146. Jennifer in Winnipeg

    I think Michelle Obama would have a future in anything she chose to do, not just politics. She's highly educated, a terrific orator, has a great sense of humor, is honorable, and is very diversified. Now that her husband has opened the political door for honesty and accountability, she would be a very viable candidate.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  147. susi learn

    of course. but i think she feels she can do more good through community service and other non-political venues.

    smart woman.

    susi
    tucson

    March 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  148. Big Tony Alanta, Ga.

    I think she would be a wonderful candidate! She could run for the office of her choice. Her biggest asset is that she is from a working class background and I thinik that most politicians are disingenous in their efforts to portray their concerns for the working class and underprievileged, they simply can't relate. I think her backgound, education, charm and physical stature make her the perfect candidate for the male-dominated political arena.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  149. Dr Bee

    I think Michelle Oama can do anything she wants. If politics is her future interest, I think she would be a natural, but I would be surprised if she heads in that direction. I see President and Mrs. Obama working together to further causes they are championing now, in the areas of poverty, education, and human rights, in the years after the Obama administration is left to history, working partners much as former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter. I don't think Michelle Obama will relish staying in the public eye long term.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  150. Thomas Chamberlin

    It's nice to see that we also have an elegant First Lady in the whitehouse who can stand on her own credentials and actions as a sterling role model for our nation.
    She can do whatever she really wants to do.
    Why on earth would she settle for politics?

    March 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  151. Richard Williams in Larchmont, NY

    Jack,
    That's the operative phrase, "If She Wants One". Whatever she chooses is her business. I'm hoping that she stays with her current schedule through the half-way point in this term. That way she develops a track record to be properly evaluated.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  152. Brielle in Northern NJ

    She could, but I doubt she wants it. I would just like to say though–all those people who called her an "angry black woman" during the campaign are now eating their words, because she has shown herself to be bright, poised, down-to-earth, and deeply committed to the issues of the middle class.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  153. Susan Frost

    As a lady of great character as well as intelligence, she'll continue to set a great example and put aside such ambitions until her beautiful children are grown up. After that, she's got my vote!

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    March 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  154. Sharon, Clarksville, TN

    The question is not does Michelle have a career in politics- but will she have a career in politics. I believe Michelle is happy that Obama is president and when he leaves office, she will head home to Chicago with him and her children. She is comfortable in her own skin, with her family and does not feel that she has to prove anything to anyone. She loves her family, they will always come first, and it shows!!!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  155. Chris A.

    Since she's married to our President. I think she has a great future in politics. Who knows, we may see her run for President one day, just like Hillary Clinton did.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  156. Tino

    You betcha! This is the First of First Couples I would be but I do saying that not knowing much about presidential history. Although FDR and Eleanor were probably tied with these guys.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  157. T. Carreker / Los Angeles California

    Of course...however I think she is too smart for politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  158. Jester

    Why not? It seems being qualified to hold a political position is no longer a requirement.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  159. KimberlyInez

    Yes! Mrs.Obama definetly has a career in politics if she would like too. She is very intelligent, and a wonderful speaker. She would have no trouble pursuading people. Who knows? Maybe she'll out-do Hillary Clinton...

    March 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  160. Maina

    Yes she does. The lady is sharp and brilliant.... You, by the way, are doing a good job! Now, where are those jobs?

    March 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  161. Pete, Fla.

    There's room for only one woman politician in my life, and she's the one with the pantsuits.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  162. Lou, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    I think she should replace Roland Burris as senator from Illinois... RIGHT NOW!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  163. Michele

    Michelle Obama has the degree and the drive to do what she feels is necessary for America and all its citizens. Just as her husband is now doing. What is best for American is what is most important.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  164. Jake

    With brains like hers I hope so!

    Jake
    Philadelphia

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  165. Pat from N.J.

    Jack, I believe she does but not until her girls are older. I too think that she is doing a good job as First Lady. I am oftentimes disheartened to read certain things being said about her (like today, I read a Comcast.net post where someone called her "Black Widow". As far as this country has come, it still hurts sometimes.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  166. Jason Gohlke

    Jack, I think she absolutely could pursue a career in politics if she wants one. The question is whether or not she wants one. Obviously priority number one right now is to ensure the success of the Obama administration.

    The model she can follow later on, however, is right in front of us - Hillary Clinton. She managed to parlay her standing as First Lady into a Senate seat, a spot on the foreign relations committee, a national candidate, and now a top-level cabinet official. It's a trailblazing example, and she probably won't be the last.

    Michelle might end up being more successful (again, if she wants) - her negatives might not end up sticking the way Hillary's have.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  167. Cindy Amoah

    With that resume?
    Yes, I think she does have a future in politics, but that's if she chooses to.
    I think she's rather too smart for that after seeing what her husband's going through.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  168. Betsy

    Michelle doesn't just have a political future – so does her new team! Think about it – last year she was being villified by the right – now she's the most popular person in the Administration! She's got a amazing group of adults working for her. They recognize her strengths and help America see the real Michelle. The cabinet could learn a think or two from her staff!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  169. Barbara Campbell

    Yes, let's keep the Obamas in the White House through 2024.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  170. Dianne: Paducah

    Mrs Obama does have a future in politics however I dont think she really wants one.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  171. David, Tampa, Fl

    In about 4 years we'll see. If her husband's tenure as president goes well, more than likely if she wants it. If he does not get the economy going and the Republicans and Democrats keep acting like idiotic, spoiled five year olds and the country is still mired in partisan politics, she would do well to steer clear of public office. So far I have admiration and respect for our first lady, unlike what I feel about Congress. I am waiting to see how things develope with the new administration before forming an opinion.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  172. Lyle S

    She absolutely does have a bright future. She would be foolish not to use her qualifications, experience, and position to help serve her country.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  173. Joe - San Leandro

    Of course! I don't think she wants one. Especially not until she raises her girls. She does not strike me as one with political ambition. She is very different than Hillary Clinton, In the beginning, I got the distinct impression that she had to be coaxed to allow her husband to run for president.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  174. Prudence Brown

    I believe she could, but choses not to. She knows exactly who she is and is very confident with who she is. Wife, mother, daughter (family) and advocate for serving. She knows that she has now and will have in the future an impact for future generations. What a lady!!!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  175. roy pearson

    Jack, It is time to pay the first lady a salary. All of the first ladies are doing a service to our country and the President's salary is acutally low. Roy / Syracuse

    March 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  176. Brittany

    She loves the spotlight, and she knows she will get MAJOR airtime if she dabbled in politics, so why wouldn't she?

    March 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  177. Corey

    No Jack,
    It doesn't fit her persona. She is too real and wouldn't really make it seeing that she is not good at blurring that line as to where she stands on certain issues. In other words Jack she is no politician. Defintely an inspiration and a great example too us all but she is no politician, I just can't imagine her lying, as unfortunately it seems all politicians must do or at least borderline doing. Even my buddy Obama has to blur the line at times Jack. Just like you!! lol

    March 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  178. Aba

    If Hillary Clinton had a career in politics after her husbands presidency, yes Michelle Obama does.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  179. William

    Michelle Obama is a woman that can do anything that she sets her mind to!

    She will redefine the role of the 1st First Lady as she will be Mom in Chief – but also the most Trusted Advisor to the President.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  180. Patrick, Austin, TX

    Why would she want one? Politics is a very brutual contact sport. She should keep herself out of the game.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  181. Herman Newsom

    Yes! As President Barack Obama succeeds in moving our country forward and resolving our economic downturn it would only be fitting that the first lady also lead parts of our country in an official capacity.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  182. ms.powell

    sure she does for the first time in my adult life i'm proud of this country . her and the president makes me smile.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  183. Jessie

    Michelle in 2016!!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  184. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    No doubt about it. I'd campaign for her, much less vote for her. She's honest and down to earth. Hard to find in politicians these days. She puts me in mind of Eleanor Roosevelt. A real inspiration to many women I think.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  185. John in San Diego

    Michelle can be anything she aspires to be – First Lady is proof enough of that. But she's far too much the lady to ever want to sully herself by running for elective office.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  186. Ben In Chicago

    Of course she should enter the political arena AFTER Barack's two terms. She should only consider the national level, however, just as Hillary did, The first African-American woman president?? NOT Condeleeza Rice!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  187. John T. Lucas

    Dear Mr. Cafferty:

    I like her better than I do Barack. I think she is probably even more intelligent than he is.

    I would rather see her wait until Chelsea Clinton is President and then pray that brilliant young woman would ask Mme. Obama to be her Secretary of State. Beautiful symmetry, eh?

    John Lucas
    Victoria, BC

    March 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  188. Dawn from Pennsylvania

    She is a smart woman, if Hillary can do that, why not this is the Unite States of America

    March 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  189. JR in florida

    Jack even Stevie Wonder can see that Michelle Obama will be the first female president in eight years, providing her husband president Barack does well, based upon his approach so far he is on tract to be one of the best president this country has seen

    March 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  190. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    I feel the country still wants a female president and when that time comes, she could set the standard on how to do that...if she wants to! Who would be her competition? Sarah Palin? That's another SuperBowl blowout!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  191. Diann Washington

    Michelle Obama can have a future in anything she wants...she is an intelligent and accomplished professional. But why, I ask- would anyone in her right mind want to go into politics given what is happening right now with the stupidity of the games played between republican vs democrat. I think she would make a much bigger impact in anything other, than the political pig pen.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  192. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    If she should choose to do so I believe she could win any election she ran in.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  193. Dimslie

    Of course she does. Based upon what we saw in the last cycle, she should be the prssumptive nominee of the Democrat Party for President in the year 2016 (or 2020 if, God help us, her husband wins a second term).

    March 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  194. Anthony

    Jack, indeed she does, IF she wants one. I'm not sure she'd want one though. At least not one in the public spotlight. She seems incredibly down to earth and is quite comfortable working quietly behind the scenes and getting things done. She doesn't appear to seek the spotlight.

    The one thing that I find disturbing is how the media sometimes gets hung up on what she's wearing. "Will she be sleeveless tomorrow? Stay tuned." She's an articulate, highly educated and accomplished woman and yet we're still talking about her clothes!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  195. Amy Elkridge,MD

    Barack Obama 2012...

    Michelle Obama 2016...

    and 2020 !!!

    Get ready for Obamalot !!!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  196. JD in Greensburg,PA

    Come on Jack! Of course she has a future in politics! She's already in politics. She's not some showy, quiet, shut-the-mouth, do as you're told wife. This one's got a brain and not afraid to use it. She showed during the campaign she could handle the trenches, but the better question is: would she want a career in politics??? I don't think so, not the way she's watching what really goes on with congress. She must be getting sick of the bashing of her husband, as though he created all this mess in the 6 weeks he's been president. I wish she would come out and tell Republicans and Democrats in Congress to SHUT UP! Vote, if you don't like it, I don't need to know why, just do it and shut up, and as voters, we don't need to know McCain is twitting the top ten of pork every day. Sorry, get over it, or perhaps as voters we should take the time to find out exactly how much pork EVERY member of congress has voted for during their time in DC. That's a job I"d like to see the First Lady take on. Jump in the fry pan, it's ok, she's strong enough to make bacon out of all of them!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  197. John

    Of course she does, after all this is still America.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  198. L Woods

    Michelle Obama a breath of fresh air? LMAO She's a green acting moose. I'd think you were 14 if I hadn't seen you on TV.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  199. Tina

    I sure hope not! Mrs Obama'a talent would be wasted.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  200. Vernis Robertson

    Of course ! She is a very smart First Lady , not only that . She is well educated .What ever office she decides to run for if so , she would do a good job.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  201. Troy Conn

    Even though I am only thirteen years old I have an intrest in this blog. Michelle Obama has a wide chance of being involved in politics. take Hillary Clinton for instance, she was a presidents wife. She made a big step up and took a chance at precidency. So in my opinion Michelle Obama has a chance in politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  202. Shirley A. Reed - Baltimore, MD

    Yes! if she wants one. Michelle Obama is intelligent, graceful, compassionate and very smart. She is down to earth and have a good sense of what people, all people, want and need. She would definitely have my support if she did go into politics. It is refreshing to see her as a mother and a sincere support to the President, her husband, not dealing with color, but just being a person of worth and substance.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  203. Pat Cypress ca

    Jack glade you ask this quiston. YES, YES, YES, she dose and i have thought this from the very begening, just think about it Jack if Barack gets this country back on track it is possible that we could have an Obama in the white house for the next sixteen years and that would not be a bad thing if it helps the country!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  204. Dorothy J Brandon

    Yes. I think First Lady Obama is very professional, smart, intelligent plus. She reminds me of Princess Diana's love for people and her country. She is brilliant. Best to her- always.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  205. vic hughson

    yes,yes,yes, one of my favorite people

    March 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  206. Liz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    A SILLY question, Jack! Of COURSE she has a future in politics if she wants one! And I am sure she wants one, at least eventually, to go after issues that she feels are nearest to her heart, such as veteran's needs and other issues. And I think she'll do a bang-up job.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  207. Loretta

    Michelle who incidentally looks like Marie Osmond, yes, I said Marie Osmond has come on the scene like the Fourth of July. She is attractive and brilliant and the world is her oyster. I believe this First Lady will be in the political arena for a long time to come.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  208. Abdoulie jallow

    Jack, Michelle has a great chance of becoming good politician because she has the ability and a good American story to tell. Thinking of her speeches to the military wives, I wish her little and big preciousness life offers every day.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  209. Reese

    Michelle Obama has been remade into June Cleaver. It is not believable. Many still remember her for her ungrateful comments
    concerning this country.
    I don't think she has a future in politics because many will always remember her angry comments made during her husband's campaign.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  210. Rob of Brooklyn

    wow can you imagine her running against Palin. She would win by 75%. but I don't think she wants to do that. would I vote for her ? You bet your ass I would –she's smart , classy , funny and knowledgable

    March 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  211. harold barkley

    Why can we not let the Wife and Childeren of the First Family alone?
    I am sure The First Lady can do anything she wants.. If she wants to be the first Female President then let her go for it... If she dose not then so be it...

    March 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  212. Ken in NC

    Jack, Michelle Obama could have a future in politics if she chooses or she can wait 8 years and slide into your seat Jack after you retire. That would be the best thing for her to do. That way you could retire and watch Wolf and Michelle at 4pm Monday through Friday in The Situation Room.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  213. bob

    Jack Mrs Obama is like you. She could do well in polotics but is probably not interested

    March 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  214. Mildred from Texas

    Unless Michelle Obama finds someone to teach her how to act & dress, she has no place in politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  215. Anthony, Toronto, Canada

    Jack, indeed she does, IF she wants one. I’m not sure she’d want one though. At least not one in the public spotlight. She seems incredibly down to earth and is quite comfortable working quietly behind the scenes and getting things done. She doesn’t appear to seek the spotlight.

    The one thing that I find disturbing is how the media sometimes gets hung up on what she’s wearing. “Will she be sleeveless tomorrow? Stay tuned.” She’s an articulate, highly educated and accomplished woman and yet we’re still talking about her clothes!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  216. Dorothy J Brandon Harrisonburg, Va.

    Thanks Jack -Good question Keep them coming

    March 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  217. sheila kyle from ithaca ny

    Dear Mr. Cafferty,
    I believe Michelle Obama is doing exactly what most women who supposedly "choose" to work outside the home seldom get the opportunity, she's allowed the opportunity to be a mom, obviously this is an extremely capable, brilliant woman but I believe she is thrilled to have the next 8 years to spend mothering her children. I've had a job since I was 12, I was the first generation of college graduates in our family (huge wonderful American irish clan). I had to work cleaning houses while I earned my degree just to keep my kids out of full time child care (they'd go to work with mommy) and worked full time and did graduate school full time to land a great job as a teacher. I cannot tell you what I would have given to have the luxury to have had the "choice" to spend my children s childhood raising them... there's no choice. Michelle Obama is an amazing mother and wife... and I'm sure she's doing exactly what she wants, to give her kids all her attention until they are grown and gone. When the kids leave the nest, she'll be able to do anything she wants... but I'll betchya a nickle, it won't be politics. MICHELLE, YOU GO GIRL!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  218. Dee

    Yes, if she wants to. If all of this turns out well for her husband, then maybe she will have a chance to become our first woman President!

    Dee

    Houston,TX

    March 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  219. Robby

    Michelle Obama is the behind the scenes vice president. Im sure Obama is always asking her opinion. Her wisdom is growing daily. She could make a great politician.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  220. Leye

    Jack, the first lady is just absolutely astonishing, delightful to watch, very real and solid as compared to plastic Laura Bush of the last 8 years. She is truly America's first lady. I like the fact that she is taking on diferent causes, issues and tasks as opposed to laser focusing on one issue. If she ever considers running for elected office, she would just be as good and different. One thing is for sure no one can question whether she is Pro-American or not, like the knuckle heads did during the campaign.....
    Have a good weekend Jack....
    Evansville, IN

    March 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  221. momolu24

    I think the first lady has the ability to have a political career in the future,why not? she is a lawyer and ninty percent of lawyers end up being politician,she should do what she's doing now,support her man.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  222. Dolores Craddolph

    Michele Obama is what is needed in these terrible times, she brings a breath of fresh air, And yes she would be a wonderful Presdent as she is frist lady. Michele can be do anything she sets her mind too. In fact I hope she does run for president.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  223. Daniel Miami, Florida

    Absolutely Jack!
    If she plays her cards right, and avoids any potential verbal -Joe Biden type comments or scandals, I could even envision her possibly becoming our first female U.S. President – not to mention first black female president. Unless Hillary Clinton decides to run again in 8 years.

    If Michelle Obama does enter the political arena, it won't be for another 10-15 years after she puts her children through college. By that time she'll be in her late fifties or early sixties. If she keeps herself in shape, she'll be the roughly the same age as Hillary Clinton was when she first ran for the Senate. With her charisma, who knows how far Michelle Obama could go? We'll just have to wait and see.
    Daniel
    Miami, Florida

    March 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  224. Nana

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it ? Jack
    Nana, Atlanta

    March 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  225. Shirley Brashears

    Time will tell. I think it's too soon for the media to encourage Michelle to even think about politics right now. With the country in the state it's in... we need both Michelle and President Obama to focus on one career at a time. Isn't that what we been discussing in the last days or so, how the President is getting off focus and have too much on his plate, adding Michelle to his agenda would be another distraction, because he definitely would need to support her, if she did decided to do more than what she's trying to do now.
    Sheryl, Denver

    March 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  226. Roland/St George, UT

    I hope she decides to run for something, Jack. And the sooner the better. Lately it seems Illinois could use all the honest politicians who would be willing to serve.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  227. lovable liberal

    I'd certainly consider voting for her in 2016.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  228. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If President Obama is successful in changing politics of today I believe would determine Michelle's interest in a political future. Michelle is currently changing the gender roll of a "First Lady" of the future which could possibly be a sign of her future in politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  229. hard-nard chesapeake va.

    Jack , Michelle Obama is one cool lady! Sure she does. Ithink she's already begun!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  230. Jack - Lancaster, OH

    Jack:

    I agree with her husband..."Is she good looking or what?" And We know about your crush. Jack, do you think that someone from an Ivy League university is looking to be a career hospital administrator?
    I wish her the best for all of us, even after the honeymoon.

    Jack

    March 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  231. Ann

    yes Jack i know Michelle Obama has a good chance in politics she is not only smart, educated, and has common sense. my dad would always say you can be an educated fool, but commom sense added you can do plenty for others.
    Ann, Texas

    March 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  232. Lee - Charlotte, NC

    Jack,

    I had the opportunity of listening to Michelle Obama when she visited Charlotte the day before the primary. I was so impressed with her, she spoke for an hour and a half without a script. The woman is a dynamic speaker and I think she is better than President Obama. However, I don't think she wants to get into politics; she wants to help her husband succeed and she will do everything in her power to see that, that happens.

    Jack, I am so pleased that you too has seened the integrity and compassion and great work ethic of our First Lady, Michelle Obama. The United States is a lucky to have her in the White House. Everyone will see as the years go by what an excellent First Lady she is. Intelligent, a gifted speaker, sticks to the issues, does not beat around the bush, is not a phoney and has one of the most geniune smiles any human being can possess. I love our First Lady, Michelle Obama.

    Cheers!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  233. Wayne from Alabama

    Absoutley. I think that Hillary Clinton has shown that the glass ceiling can be broken and I believe that Michelle Obama is more than capable of breaking it. She is a very intelligent woman with great oratorical skills. President Obama even said himself in his book that if Michelle Obama ran against him in a election she would beat him handily.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  234. vic hughson

    A future in politics? She is in politics, and is doing a great job.

    Gulliver, MI

    March 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  235. Robin in SC

    Jack, of course she could have a future in politics if she wanted it...look at Hillary, and Hillary doesn't have nearly the "common folk" appeal that Michelle Obama has. I admit that I didn't like her early on and was afraid that she would be a hindrance to Obama's campaign, but I changed my mind after hearing her speak just a couple of times. I think we may see her taking a path close to that of Hillary, only she'll win the White House if she tries.
    Robin in Greenville, SC

    March 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  236. max

    Are you people crazy????????? Read her thesis, and read her body language.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  237. Dorothy J Brandon Harrisonburg, Va.

    Yes. She's excellent, graceful, smart and absolutly has a admirable love for people. She reminds me of Princess Diana as she touch the heart of people.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  238. bk

    Michelle Obama is a hateful witch and had to have a team of people coach her to not act so hard and hateful. You people have very short memorys. Remember when she said. 'If you can't clean up your own house how do you expect to clean up the White House?" I don't want her anywhere near the White House. Period!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  239. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    My Buddy Jack Cafferty: In the words of Joe Biden "Are you kidding" She is arrogant and pompous and a racist. As the stock market is tanking due to our president Barack Hussein Obama, so will his chances of being re elected in 2012. There is economist that predict we have a 30% chance of going into a depression. No predictions like that were made when George W. Bush was in office. Obama is even more incompetent than I thought.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  240. hard-nard chesapeake va.

    Jack , She's not showing off those beautiful arms for nothing! She has already begun flexing her muscles!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  241. Tony from Ocala Fl.

    She certainly has the ability, but I think raising her Children in the next 5-10 years is critical to her and her Husband.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  242. Carl

    Jack,

    Michelle Obama seems like she is very kind, caring, selfless, and hard working.

    Public office just doesn't suit people like that anymore as a whole.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  243. Thomas Lang

    Of course Jack she could if she wanted. She has two ivy league degrees. Her and husband like the Clintons, Bushes, and Kennedys all puchased their tickets to the ball ahead of time. Like my father always told me, opportunity knocks when it wants, it does not wait. You half to be there at the right time.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  244. Bill

    I think she would be just as AWFUL as Pes. Obama has been in his first 8 weeks. She is a militant who believes in socialism just like her husband.

    She has no national pride in our country, just her race. She and progressive thinkers like her are destroying our nation and our sacred Constitution.

    Sorry to disrupt the European socialistic frenzy on your blog Jack.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  245. matthew san berdo,ca

    She's a powerhouse in her own right I think she make's hillary and all the rest look like second lady's GO michele God be with you and your family.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  246. thomas , michigan

    Sure could. An exceptional first lady. "Michell-inor" as in "Barack
    Delano...". No, she's too much her own woman!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  247. SSS

    In numerous interviews and speeches, the First Lady has stated she has no interest in becoming a political official. I do think there are many people in this country who would certainly support her if she chose this path. First Lady Obama is brilliant, "as American as apple pie," and has shown a great committment to supporting the interests of everyday American people. She would DEFINITELY have my vote.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  248. YES WE CAN

    Michelle Obama for President – 2016!

    she will be a far more better and inspirational candidate than that republiklan college drop-out Sarah Pain-lin!!!!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  249. tom alston

    a class act all the way
    along with her husband...what a different image for
    the USA after 8 years of Bush/Cheney

    March 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  250. wrensis

    She is already in politics.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  251. Jay-San Antonio

    yes, IF she wants one. We should not push it on her or anyone, simply becasue they care about issues and are articulate.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  252. Gerri Lynn

    I think you're asking the wrong question. Does Michelle Obama want a future in politics beyond being Mom-in-Chief and spouse of the president? She's the only one who can answer that question. Until she does, all the speculation is about as useful as wondering if Colin Powell would make a good president.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  253. Barbara - NC

    She's smart. Why would she take a low-paying, high stress, unappreciated political position in this country?

    She is a wonderful Mother, and she will be a wonderful Grandmother.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  254. Rahn Hasbargen New Brighton, MN

    Jack, given your admitted affinity for her, I suspect that whatever she wants to do that you will be her biggest cheerleader. Therefore, any rational comment on this issue to you at this point will just fall on your deaf ears and love blinded eyes.....

    March 6, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  255. Robert Slaven

    She's at least as intelligent as Hillary Clinton. I wouldn't be surprised if she proves herself to be more competent.

    So if she wants it, hell yes! Even without the name, she could probably do very well. The name just cinches the first open door.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  256. cmstg

    What?!?!?
    Just because a few liberal media types say she's smart, has good judgement and has a law degree, she's all of a sudden qualified to enter politics?
    Cut me a break.
    I would prefer a lot more vetting than a few folks who have a journalism background.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  257. john e

    Mrs Obama has the potential to eclipse Jackie Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt in greatness. She will be the First first lady.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  258. Aaron from Denver

    The woman is extremely capable. No white house run in her future ala Hillary; but she could easily become a Senator or high profile diplomat.... so long as she isn't nominated by David Paterson or Blagojavich.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  259. saffy

    what has she done? She gave some great speeches; she has good arms – is that all this country demands of its presidents?

    Oh and in the midst of economic, health and goodness knows whatever crisis she served $100 lb beef? set her assistant to check out the new runway fashions in NYC – that kind of atdidn't bode too well for for one French couple...

    March 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  260. Duane

    sure....why not....she has as much experience as our new prez.....NONE! LOL................

    March 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  261. Amy / Milwaukee

    "She is no Hillary Clinton." Please.... why is "Mom in Chief" more compelling? Why do we, as a nation, expect the spouse of the President, to be family focused only. And while Michelle Obama presents herself well and is obviously very smart, I am puzzled that people decide they would vote for her when she has not been assessed as a candidate, through speeches, position papers, debates, etc. It is endlessly disappointing to me that people are often ready to vote for someone because the like them and little more.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  262. FreeNLovIt

    Yes, she has a future in politics, but she definitely is not Hillary. Hilalry has fought all her life for healthcare. Michelle? I am clueless. I'm sure she's a smart woman, but she's definitely not a politician. She's more like Liz Dole to me.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  263. Cesar Quintanilla

    Wow, maybe if she got elected, then Barack Obama would be proud of America. Before we get to that point of electing her, I would ask her to answer 4 questions.

    1. Will she appoint tax cheats to her cabinet like her husband?
    2. Was she in attendance on the same days as her husband at First Trinity church pastored by Jeremiah Wright?
    3. Why didn't she send her wonderful daughters to the great public schools in Washington DC ?
    4. What would she recommend to the 95% of Americans that want to send their kids to the same costly schools she sent her kids to?

    March 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  264. Brittney

    Of Course, but I don't believe that she would really pursue a future of politics, she didn't even want President Obama to be a politician, I'm highly doubtful. But she would be a great politician, maybe one of the girls will be a poltician one day.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  265. Mike, FL

    YESSSSS~ make a good Senator or Congress Woman etc.. She is smart and had a lot of spunk!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  266. ricky667

    Jack,
    you bet she does, if she wants it.

    Ricky,
    some where there is still snow

    March 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  267. Gayle

    Michelle Obama is way too smart to become involved in the three-ring circus that we call 'politics'...she already has kids to take care of 🙂

    March 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  268. john

    Jack ...get off it...nonone knows anything about her...she is probably corrupt as her husband!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  269. Brian Wicks-Woodland Hills

    I don't think she would be interested. Having said that, I wish she will enter politics and prove that she will be streaks ahead of today's office bearers.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  270. realityar

    Hilary did it, why not. She is so easy to listen to and has so much common sense on top of book smarts. I don't know if she wants to get down and dirty with the politics though. If she did, I know she would succeed.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  271. Joan Va.

    Of course she has her sights on politics. Why else would she be giving more speeches and have more media exposure than any other first lady ever has in the less than two months her husband has been in office.She is not "mom-in-chief", she is the woman behind the president. That is the very thing so many media people criticized Hilary for. Almost every day she is out there politicking, putting out her and her husbands agenda–a true politician. I have never understand your intense dislike of Hilary, who got almost as as many popular votes as Obama ,and yet you have a crush on Michelle who has the same strong personality of Hilary. Is it the pant suits?

    March 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  272. oscar

    the world might be in a bad conditon right now but whay abreath fo fresh air it has brought and what wrong with changing your career in the middle of the stream america has to she would be great to stand up to the issue we are facing right go ahead put her feet in the water and God bless her for trying

    March 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  273. S Callahan New York

    I think after what Michele has learned about the true nature of politics in D.C. she would be leaset likely to run for office....though....she has the 'stuff' that would make her electable.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  274. Pat in Georgia

    No offense to anyone in between, but Michelle Obama is the most adored, admired and respected First Lady since Jackie Kennedy. She could be Queen of the Universe in my book!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  275. Pete T

    Now that she is finally proud of our country and we have a nation of American Idol idiots who will do whatever the media tells them, then sure, she has a future.

    To quell the outrage, I'm not saying she isn't smart enough or anything like that – I just don't like her husbands policies so far and if she is backing him, then I want nothing to do with her. The faster we get these 4 years over the better..

    March 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  276. Maurita Mussawwir

    Michelle Obama could reach out and do whatever she wants to. Unfortunately this nation still holds a very strong gender bias. Look at how Hillary was treated. This county is not ready to accept strong women in leadership roles. Although Mrs. Obama's arms may put her over the mark.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  277. remma

    The Bushes were always high class and mannerly and top of the list..
    Michelle is not a breath of fresh air. No more thanObama

    March 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  278. Patrick, Austin, MN

    I really think Michelle has all the tools if she wants to pursue it. She's Intelligent and knowledgeable, has charisma and the ability to connect emotionally – give her a couple of seasons in triple A and she'll be ready to call up to the majors.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  279. Janel, Fredonia, NY

    It's enjoyable watching Mrs. Obama keeping it real. She is terrific in all of her roles – wife, mother, and as a caring citizen of our country. Her activities are good news in a time when there isn't much of it. Loved the photo of her on the kids' swing set!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  280. Pat, Pa.

    I would say that is totally up to her. Would the country benefit from her being in politics ? You bet ! She is a real breath of fresh air in Washington. A real classy lady and I love her.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  281. Laurel

    Yes Jack, if Michelle wants a political future, she'll have one. But if she prefers to be Mom, she'll be a good one of those as well. Besides, dealing with kids can involve political maneuvers as well.

    Nevertheless, she's a lawyer, and she'll find a way to get involved. Perhaps in women and minority rights, perhaps in international humanitarian causes, perhaps going hardcore on policies.

    One thing's for sure, this is just the start of something. What' I don't yet know, but something...

    March 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  282. Sea.Gem

    ...of course she does...people like you who honor style instead of substance, believe in playing victim rather than self-sufficiency and have no problem believing obvious lies when given a 'scapegoat' to hate will always drink their Kool-aid and vote blindly to feel a part of their self-serving cause...

    March 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  283. Roger

    Jack,
    As the wife of the president, she already has a job in politics. Many first ladies in the past have had roles that help shape the decisions of the president. First lady Clinton had a very active role in helping to make policy, and a sounding board for her husband. If your surrounded by “yes” men, you can lose touch with the things you want to change. In a role as first lady, Michelle she is less visible, but has qualifications better than most in congress.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  284. Mike, Boston

    If she wants a career in politics she is very capable of having one. The article saying she is no Hillary is forgetting the generational gap. Chelsea was older than the Obama girls, therefore Michelle is right to be much more focused on her girls than policy. It would not surprise me to see her become more outspoken on policy issues later in the Obama administration, especially if the President wins a second term. There are definite similarities between Hillary and Michelle in terms of presence and potential in political matters.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  285. Tim in Minnesota

    Jack: she'd have a great future in politics, provided that the Obama's paid their taxes.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  286. Terry

    There is no doubt that she could have a career in politics if she so chooses, but what drew my attention was the respondents. The gender split was about even, but I noticed one young man (13 years old) who also responded. Democracy will always endure if young people take an active interest in politics!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  287. Sue

    Michelle Obama has as much of a chance as Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Caroline Kennedy, Geraldine Ferraro. When the chips are down she must be prepared to get trashed. Michelle is also very attractive, the late night talk show hosts will get her on that one, like Palin. Obama has to come out smelling like a rose at the end of his 4 years, that would open the doors of opportunity for her. But, on the other hand, she can probably do fantastic writing a book!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  288. Dennis North Carolina

    Too early to tell. ask this question in four or eight years,

    March 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  289. Scott-Arlington,VA

    She's a very galvanizing and polarizing person! A Democrat here says No!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  290. Kevin co springs

    Why not? She's as qualified has Obama ever was. Maybe even more.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  291. Laurie Schmidt

    I don't believe that Michelle Obama has any interest whatsoever in politics. I believe that what she does have is an interest in America and people and that's where she will shine. She is a lovely, articulate woman who would never fit in to the political arena because she is better than that. She can make things happen just by walking into a room. If she wants to get involved in policy, she will. You just won't know it. Go get them Michelle!!!

    March 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  292. Carmen, South Carolina

    i would say yes, but she will not take it. She loves to be free and move around and do her own thing. We will have to wait and see, and if she choose to run in power positions, she will win without her husband.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  293. Patrick Jean Baptiste North Miami Beach, Florida

    Please Jack read my answer.Of course she has a future in politics. She's a Princeton graduate and a lawyer from Harvard Law Shool plush she's First Lady of the United States. She campaigned for her husband and she'll know how to campain for herself.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  294. Alex

    Yes Jack ...shes smart, well educated , engaging and dear i say beautiful

    March 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  295. Schneider

    I think she could easily run and win any public office jack

    March 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  296. BHoward

    Jack:

    Mrs. Obama is such an amazing role to all Americans. She exemplifies what it means to put your country first. Regardless of whether she pursues a political career or not, she has and will continue to positiviely change America in so many ways.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  297. Julie

    I like her a lot better than her husband.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  298. Carmen, South Carolina

    i would say yes, but she will not take it. Too much corruptions and she will tell it like it is and that is something you can't do aroud here. We will have to wait and see, and if she choose to run in power positions, she will win without her husband.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  299. PB

    She does, no doubt. Come to think of it, Jack...if more female leaders in the likes of Michelle would step up and run for office, we'll have less Palins running for VP/Pres. As I see her now, she has the perfect balance of wit and heart.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  300. Joe

    No. Let's not get carried away here.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  301. Gigi

    I hope she is not just doing photo opps. and stays focused on the children, the homeless and the elderly, for that is the majority of the United states today. If she can hang in there for four years and not forget the people and their needs. She will have a chance if she wants it.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  302. Luke Brown

    She is already having a huge impact on policy, and yes, being First Lady for eight years says to me "future in politics."

    March 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  303. Ya_Ya

    Like most of the posters I agree, that the sky is the limit for Michelle. Hard to believe but this is the same woman that the Republicans were trying to paint as the ungrateful, unpatriotic, angry black woman.

    Now that she's being given the opportunity to be her true self, she's exposing them for the tools that they are.

    March 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm |