We may never get Michelle Obama to run for office, but we can think of a few other Black women who might look good in The Oval Office.
Our Forever First Lady, Michelle Obama, has made it very clear that she’s got no interest in running for office. She said it after the 2016 Democratic National Convention and again right after President Barack Obama left office. Even Barack has told us that Michelle is not running for president! During a recent Q & A in Boston, Michelle reiterated that she will not run, but she encouraged other women to shoot their shot. Michelle was specifically encouraging younger women to begin their political careers, but we can’t wait to see a Black woman as president!
As much as we would all love to see the Obama’s return to The White House, it’s not going to happen. Lucky for us, there are lots of other Black women that might be great as our next President! Check out our list of the top 5 candidates we’d love to see running for office.
With 41 years of public service for the state of California on her illustrious resume, it might be time for Auntie Maxine to ascend to the highest office in the land. Having first been elected to the California State Assembly in 1976, she’s long been a presence on the national stage. As a representative for California’s 43rd district, her influence began to spread outside of the political sphere since the 2016 Presidential Election. Rep. Waters knows the value of her minutes and will snatch them back from anyone who dares to waste them–that may help her get more done in office.
Kamala Harris’ resume speaks for itself: She served as San Francisco’s District Attorney and the Attorney General of California before becoming as U.S. Senator for California. During her time as San Francisco’s District Attorney, she increased the conviction rate for felonies and she created a Special Hate Crime unit. She’s got the drive to continue climbing the political ladder and social justice is an important issue in her career. With a Bachelors Degree from Howard University and Juris Doctorate from UC Hastings, Kamala Harris might be the closest thing we ever get to Michelle Obama herself running for office.
Oprah has gone back and forth about the idea of running for president. At first, she had said that she was not interested in running for office. Following her powerful speech at the 2018 Golden Globes, however, she began to mull over the question again. According to CNN, two sources close to Oprah revealed that she’s “actively thinking” about running for president. If there is any Black woman that might have a prayer of winning a presidential campaign, it would be Lady O.
The course of Karen Bass’ career reminds us a lot of Maxine Waters’ own path in politics. She was elected to represent California’s 47th District in the State Assembly in 2004. Since then, she has become a U.S. rep for California’s 37th District in 2013. If you must walk in someone else’s footsteps, Auntie Maxine is not a bad option. During her time in office, Karen has worked to better schools and health care–both of which are major concerns for the United States on a national level. Moreover, she’s a big advocate for gun control and she serves as part of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Although she was recently appointed to the Board of Directors at Netflix, Susan Rice could always return to politics with a presidential campaign. Since she worked as the National Security Advisor and a U.S. Diplomat to the United Nations, Susan might know how to keep the U.S. safe while working to mend relationships with other nations in our global community. She had once been considered to take Hillary Clinton’s old post as the Secretary of State under Barack Obama, but she backed out after an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Still, she rebounded after that political setback during her time as the U.S. National Security Advisor. Keeping this in mind, Susan may be just the woman to lead the U.S. after a political crisis.