Michelle Obama: Could She 'Replace' Joe Biden?

Michelle Obama
June 3, 2024 Topic: Politics Region: Americas Blog Brand: Politics Tags: Joe Biden2024 ElectionMichelle ObamaDonald TrumpDemocrats

Michelle Obama: Could She 'Replace' Joe Biden?

Former GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speculated that Michelle Obama might replace Joe Biden as the 2024 Democratic nominee due to Biden's cognitive concerns and Kamala Harris's unpopularity.


Summary: Former GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speculated that Michelle Obama might replace Joe Biden as the 2024 Democratic nominee due to Biden's cognitive concerns and Kamala Harris's unpopularity.

He suggested that Obama's potential candidacy would resolve the party's dilemma.


However, mainstream analysts dismiss this theory, highlighting Michelle Obama's repeated denials of interest in politics.

Even Republican strategist Karl Rove and Obama advisor David Axelrod have called the idea "lunacy" and unlikely, given her disdain for political life.

Could Michelle Obama Be the 2024 Democratic Nominee? Experts Weigh In

Months back, failed Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy doubled down on his entirely baseless theory that Michelle Obama will replace President Joe Biden as the Democratic Party's nominee for the 2024 presidential election.

Ramaswamy told FoxNews that the special counsel's report questioning Biden's cognitive abilities could create a "convenient path" for Democrats to nominate the former first lady rather than Vice President Kamala Harris.

"The main obstacle stopping the Democratic Party is they have a Kamala Harris problem, which is to say that if they do sideline Biden, the natural person normally that would be the nominee, could be the vice president of that same sitting president," Ramaswamy said in an interview with Fox News.

Why Michele Obama Over Harris?

Ramaswamy made the case that the sitting vice president is unable, noting that she didn't even make it to the Iowa caucus in the year that she ran – while he further suggested that selecting Michelle Obama could provide Democrats with a way out of their dilemma.

"If race and gender are your basis for selecting someone for a job, and the identity of your party is tied to that temple of identity politics, then they will risk looking hypocritical if they sideline her after they sideline Biden," the failed GOP hopeful added. "And I do think Michelle Obama offers them a convenient path out of that problem, somebody who checks the boxes that they need to have checked per their own ideology, while also selecting an alternative to Biden that they may view as more palatable in a general election..."

It's Not Happening

Though Ramaswamy is hardly alone in predicting that Mrs. Obama could enter the race, most mainstream pundits said it verges on tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. Michelle Obama has repeatedly denied she has any interest in running.

Even Republican strategist Karl Rove responded to the old rumors months back, telling Fox Business host Stuart Varney that it was "lunacy" to believe that Michelle Obama will replace Biden.

Rove explained that he had been pressed on the issue four years ago, during then-President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.

"They thought somehow or another, Biden was going to be pushed aside by Obama, Andrew Cuomo was going to be the Democratic candidate, and his running mate was going to be Michelle Obama," Rove added. "And, you know, I told the other Trump people, including the president himself, this is sheer utter lunacy, starting with the fact she hates politics, period. She loves the life she's got."

That sentiment was shared by David Axelrod, former advisor to President Barack Obama, who told CNN, "[Michelle Obama] is not someone who likes politics… I would be floored if she would consent to that. They feel that they gave ten years of their life to this," while he added, "I have as much chance of dancing in the Bolshoi Ballet next year."

Does The Trump Campaign Want It To Happen?

The rumors that the former first lady would seek higher office have persisted for years and were reignited in January after she revealed she was "terrified" about the upcoming presidential race.

Michelle Obama

"Our leaders matter. Who we select, who speaks for us, who holds that bully pulpit – it affects us in ways that sometimes I think people take for granted," Obama said on an episode of Jay Shetty's "On Purpose" podcast. "I am terrified about what could possibly happen."

However, it almost seems as if the Trump campaign wants her to run.

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