David Axelrod says Michelle Obama will not run for the presidency

 February 12, 2024

Democrats have a massive problem with President Joe Biden running for a second term.

The elderly, gaffe-prone president, now 81, not only polls extremely poorly with voters, but his base of support has eroded. Democratic voters, in general, can't seem to get excited about life under Biden for another four years. Imagine that.

Many have suggested that there's simply no way the Democratic Party can run Biden for a second term, and many have suggested the possibility exists that somehow, in the coming months, he could be replaced.

One of the top replacement options mentioned, aside from California Gov. Gavin Newsom, would be former first lady Michelle Obama.

David Axelrod, a former top adviser for President Barack Obama, has been a strong and shockingly open critic regarding Biden's campaign. He's even encouraged Biden to rethink his 2024 run.

But as far as Michelle Obama is concerned, Axelrod made it clear during a recent CNN interview that he doesn't believe she's a realistic candidate for the job.

CNN's Michael Smerconish noted the current Las Vegas oddsmakers odds on who will be the president, and the former first lady is somewhat high on the list.

"I got to ask you about this. Look at who Vegas odds makers are saying have the best chances of being elected this fall. Trump is a five to six shot, it's better than even. Biden 15 to eight, a little better than two to one. Next in line, Michelle Obama 11 to one," Smerconish said.

"Well, here's what I know, Michelle Obama loves this country. She's a brilliant person and a brilliant communicator. But she was a conscript to politics. She never was interested in a political life. Even when Barack Obama was a young politician, she really didn't participate much in his campaigns," Axelrod responded.

Axelrod added, "I was with him in a Senate campaign in 2004, I think she showed up twice in the whole campaign on election nights. So, you know, she is not someone who likes politics. She doesn't like the tone and tenor of politics."

"And I would be floored if she would be consent to that. They feel that they gave 10 years of their life to this. And I'm sure she feels as Barbara Bush did when she said there has to be someone other than the Bush's and the Clintons who could be President of the United States. My guess is that's her attitude," Axelrod continued.

The former Obama adviser doubled down and essentially laughed off the idea of Michelle jumping into the race at this point.

"I always say, Michael, that I have as much chance of dancing in the Bolshoi Ballet next year than that she would be President of the United States. And so, if you see me running around at the end of the year in a leotard you'll know what I mean," Axelrod said.