Valerie Jarrett Says “No Chance” Michelle Obama Will Join Biden’s Ticket
There’s been a lot of speculation in recent days over whether Michelle Obama might join Joe Biden’s ticket as his vice presidential running mate. Given that former President Obama just endorsed Biden’s candidacy and that Biden himself has promised to select a female for his VP spot, pundits and insiders have salivated at the idea of adding the popular former First Lady as a special, spicy ingredient to Biden’s decidedly fumbling, dull campaign.
But if there were Biden supporters hoping against hope that Michelle Obama would elevate Biden’s status to the next level, those hopes were dashed on Tuesday when former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett threw cold water all over the idea. In an interview with The Hill, Jarrett said there is absolutely “no chance” that Michelle will be Biden’s #2.
“The reason why I’m being so unequivocal is that there just simply has never been a time when she’s expressed an interest in running for office,” Jarrett said. “She’s not demurring here. She’s not being hard to get. She doesn’t want the job.”
Biden said as recently as Monday that he would put Michelle Obama on the ticket “in a heartbeat,” but he acknowledged that he doesn’t believe “she has any desire to live near the White House again.”
Jarrett said it was no surprise that Biden would want to marry Michelle’s starpower to his candidacy.
“Of course he would take her,” Jarrett said. “That’s not the question. The question is, is this the way in which she wants to continue her life of service? There is a difference between being a public servant and being a politician, and she has no interest in being a politician. Her husband was interested in being both. She’s only interested in the service component.”
Aside from trying to get Democrats registered to vote, we’re not exactly sure what kind of “service” Michelle Obama has been providing America since leaving the White House in January 2017, but then again, we haven’t really been following that closely. For all we know, she’s quietly designing indigestible meals for public schoolchildren in D.C. in between her book tours.
With Michelle Obama out of contention, Biden is left with a rather uninspiring slate of female vice presidential candidates from which to choose. Some of the most prominent names in contention include former presidential contenders Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris, infamous spoiled sport Stacey Abrams of Georgia, and coronavirus tyrant Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan.
But let’s face it, Biden could put Oprah on the ticket and he would still have to overcome the fact that he’s the one running for president. Not sure he can get past that brutal obstacle.