from first lady to… president of the USA?

Michelle Obama She had already said in March that she would not be a candidate to return to the White House, not as First Lady this time, but as the first female President of the United States of America. But when the eminent lawyer dispelled the rumors about her alleged return to the West Wing, Joe Biden had not crashed into the worst debate of a candidate in the history of the country. Now, after the debacle of the president in his confrontation with Donald Trumpthe Democrats are running out of options and his name is increasingly being mentioned as a candidate to save the situation.

The former First Lady of the United States (one of the most beloved) has become the ideal candidate to take over from Joe Biden and prevent Donald Trump’s victory in the next elections. The advanced age of the former and his recent health problems have caused a notable reduction in his support: according to a survey by the New York Times61% of the voters who supported him four years ago will no longer do so now. “He’s just too old” o “He is only the shadow of the leader he once was” These are some of the comments. His own party colleagues acknowledge this: “We can’t do this. Joe Biden can’t get a sentence across. We need a new candidate and we have a lot of fantastic candidates waiting in the wings.”said Johanna Maska, a former aide to Barack Obama and a Democratic consultant to Biden.

The ideal candidate

At 60 years old and with a lot of experience in the world of politics, many Democrats dream that the former First Lady will follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, Hillary Clinton, and become a powerful rival to Donald Trump at the polls. Bill Clinton’s wife fell to the tycoon in 2016, but Michelle Obama’s fate could be quite different: according to the latest poll by Ipsospublished on Tuesday, July 2, if the elections were held today, the lawyer would obtain 50% of the votes against the Republican. And that, without campaigning. If Michelle were to accept the challenge and reach the White House, she could not only ‘avenge’ her friend Hillary’s defeat, but make history by becoming the first female president of the United States. A black president.

Michelle did a fantastic job as First Lady during her husband’s two terms in office, from 2009 to 2017. Named the most powerful woman in the world by the magazine Forbesbecame an example and an inspiration for thousands of women around the world. A passionate feminist activist, she led global campaigns for gender equality, education and schooling for children (‘Let the girls learn’) or healthy eating (‘Let’s move’), which she shared with Doña Letizia, when the King and Queen of Spain visited the White House and the two women walked through Michelle’s vegetable garden in high heels. It is inevitable (and wonderful) to imagine a future visit by our monarchs to Washington in which the tables were turned: Barack became ‘first gentleman’ playing host to Letizia among the lettuces while Michelle and Felipe privately discussed international politics.

Michelle, from A to Z

Born in Chicago, she studied Sociology and African American Studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she joined the law firm Sidley & Austin in 1988, where she met Barack Obama. They married in 1992 and are the parents of two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Before joining the White House as First Lady, she worked on Chicago’s City Hall and also as a university dean.

But Michelle is much more: a self-confessed Beyoncé fan, she is passionate about fashion and a real gift for brands, as some of the ones she has worn have increased their sales by up to 11 million euros. A ‘pull effect’ that Democrats dream of and which she achieves thanks to a leadership acquired through hard work, perseverance and atomic energy. “I could have spent eight years doing nothing and in some ways it would have been okay. I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on decor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any first lady, by right, has the choice to define her role. There is no legislative authority; you are not elected by the voters. And that is a great gift of freedom.”he said in an interview for Vogue in 2016.

Modern, spontaneous, daring… In 2020, she published her memoirs (one of the most widely read autobiographies in history) and premiered on Netflix Becominga documentary film that captures Michelle’s solidarity meetings during her book presentation tour, which featured the participation of her two daughters.