Desperate thousands on Twitter want another first lady to become the first female president of the United States. People in the hundreds of thousands sounded off on the social media platform about whom they’d like to see in the Oval Office in 2020: Michelle Obama was the almost unanimous pick. They begged and pleaded with her.
The tributes to the First Lady and her husband Barack Obama have been pouring in since the day Mr Trump was declared the 45th President of the United States.
Those dreaming of seeing a woman elected, or just a qualified Democratic candidate, had their hopes crushed after Hillary Clinton’s shocking defeat.
The pressure is now building on Mrs Obama to reignite hopes of having the first woman at the helm of the White House by standing in the 2020 election.
What Ms Obama plans to do in the next four years is unclear. She has campaigned for veterans and for access to education for girls as part of her Let Girls Learn initiative and has suggested she may continue this work after Mr Obama leaves office.
She made her mark as First Lady by using her speeches to address difficult issues head on and challenge prevailing attitudes in America at a time of heightened racial tensions and police brutality. Her address at the Democratic National Convention carried particular resonance when she described the significance of her husband being President: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”
She tackled Mr Trump’s obscene comments about women without hesitation, telling a campaign rally in New Hampshire that she was “shaken to the core” by his remarks. She then took a powerful stance in speeches from there on by refusing to refer to him by name.
Michelle graduated from Harvard Law School and left a lucrative practice behind to follow her husband into politics. She was also a hospital executive before giving it up to become the First Lady, something she was reportedly “very upset” about having to do.
The initiatives she launched and engagements she carried out during this period were unpaid and with her husband losing his six-figure income both will need to seek out some form of work. President Obama also a Harvard grad and a lawyer could always fall back on that career or teaching same.
She laughs when people come up to her and beg her to run. But so far, she hasn't outright said 'no'. Redemption may be just four years away. What a victory that would be for all races and for women. However, her husband says she will never run for office and, "You can take that to the bank". I guess we'll wait and see.