Now that the 2012 election cycle is history, political junkies are already looking ahead to 2016, and reports indicate a buzz growing for a potential Democratic “dream” ticket featuring Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.
“All due respect for President Obama and Vice President Biden, but that would truly be a dream team for America,” said former Clinton spokeswoman Karen Finney, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Both women are proven effective leaders who’ve raised children, so dealing with Congress would be a snap!”
Democratic strategist Chris Lehane told the paper, “More than anything else, this reflects the growing awareness that it is time for the glass ceiling of the last old boys club to be firmly shattered.”
There are already bumper stickers in the marketplace with messages such as “2016-Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama,” and “Hillary-Michelle 2016 First First Lady Ticket For President,” and Cafe Press reports a 60% hike in sales of the Hillary-Michelle sticker from December to March, with the largest jump in March.
Some have suggested putting Mrs. Obama at the top of the ticket and having Mrs. Clinton run for VP, especially after Michelle announced the Best Picture Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards.
Among them is NBC late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon, who last month told Michelle Obama on his show, “I’ve said it here first. Dream team: Michelle and Hillary, ’16. What do you think?”
“You know, I have my eye actually on another job,” Mrs. Obama responded. “You know I hear that when Jay Leno retires, that ‘The Tonight Show’ position is gonna be open and I’m thinking about putting my hat in the ring.”
As WND reported in 2009, an online poll by CNN had viewers overwhelmingly saying Michelle Obama should never run for president.
The question specifically asked: “Should Michelle Obama run for president in 2020?”
With 200,000 votes tallied in the unscientific poll, 83 percent of respondents answered no, with a ratio of over 165,000 against the idea to only 35,000 in favor.
William J. O’Reilly, an iReporter for CNN, drew a parallel in his video editorial between the Obamas and the “Camelot” years of John and Jackie Kennedy, but points out that Michelle is no Jackie.
“While Michelle Obama is received as not only a fashion icon and also presidential arm candy – as was Jackie Kennedy – there is a difference,” said O’Reilly. “Michelle Obama, with her bearing, with her intelligence, with her degrees from Princeton and from Harvard Law School – added to that, Hillary Clinton’s precedent in seeking and gaining political office – mark my words, Michelle Obama will run for president.”
According to the Washington Examiner, pollster John Zogby questioned if a Hillary-Michelle ticket would sell.
“Hillary and Michelle are both very popular and accomplished, but this smacks of too much celebrity and is a tad too dynastic for American voters,” he said. “An interesting reality show, yes. A ticket, no.”