Could the country see 8 more years of President Obama?
That’s exactly what prolific author and screenwriter Michael Walsh is predicting.
In an op-ed for the New York Post, Walsh speculates that Joe Biden will tap former First Lady Michelle Obama as his running mate.
Then after being installed as president and vice president in January 2021, Biden would resign from office due to health and mental health reasons.
This would leave Michelle Obama as President of the United States.
Currently, the Biden campaign has not announced who its pick for VP will be.
However, there is a lot of speculation that the former vice president is highly considering a woman to be his running mate. The two most likely names? Stacey Abrams and Michelle Obama.
More details on Walsh’s prediction below!
Speculation that Joe Biden would tap Michelle Obama as his running mate hit fever pitch after he said that he would pick "in a heartbeat."
There have also been valid concerns over Biden's health.
He's botched virtually every interview and appearance he's had.
Here's the timeline that Walsh predicts could result in 8 more years of President Obama, per the New York Post:
So the choice is clear: Michelle Obama. Never mind that she has even less political experience than Hillary Clinton did when she ran for the White House, and has long said she disdains public office.
Currently, Michelle is in talks to possibly endorse Biden via a video and is said to be lending her name to a campaign fundraiser as early as next week, according to The Hill. “If she engages, God help Donald Trump, because she’s tough as nails and enormously popular,” former Democratic Party chairman of South Carolina Dick Harpootlian told the outlet. With her husband finally having endorsed Biden last week, the stage is now set.
Here’s how it would work:
In the next month or so, Biden would announce Michelle Obama as his running mate. With a little reverse engineering of the Obama-Biden bumper stickers of 2008 and 2012, they’re good to go.
Michelle would immediately attract the undying worship of the national press corps. With the country still in lockdown, she can wave to Andrea Mitchell & Co. from the front door of her residences in Washington, DC ($8.1 million purchase price), Martha’s Vineyard ($11.75 million) or Chicago ($1.65 million).
Barack Obama, who manfully supports his wife in all her endeavors, would joke about being the First Husband and cite his familiarity with the White House as a qualification.
Nov. 3: With the black vote and the Bernie Sanders wing of the party solidly behind them, the Biden-Obama(s) team would defeat Trump in both the popular vote and the Electoral College, flipping Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and North Carolina and winning both houses of Congress.
Jan. 20, 2021: Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States.
Jan. 21: On live television, Joe and Dr. Jill Biden tearfully announce that the 78-year-old president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” and that under the 25th Amendment, he’s resigning. Michelle Obama is now president of the United States and will not only fill out Biden’s term but will retain her eligibility to run again in her own right in 2024 when she will have turned 60.
Jan. 22: President Obama announces her choice for vice president …
Though this scenario is unlikely, it undoubtedly has conservative strategists very worried.
An Obama VP pick most definitely rile up the fractured Democratic voting base, bolstering Biden's odds in the general election.
The Biden campaign is counting on its VP pick to unite the Democratic party.
After a blistering primary season, the Democrats have yet to rally around Biden the same way that Republicans rallied around Trump.
However, Biden's support among Democrats has increased 9 percentage points after endorsements from both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
This underscores the importance that his VP pick will have with the Democratic base.
Newsweek has more details on how the endorsements increased Biden's approval by almost double digits:
Former Vice President Joe Biden's favorability enjoyed a nearly double-digit gain after Democratic Party figures, including former President Barack Obama and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, offered their endorsements last week.
New polling data released Tuesday shows Biden with the support of 68 percent of primary voters under age 45 and holding a 5-point lead over President Donald Trump, 47 to 42 percent, among registered voters of all political affiliations. The April 13 endorsement from Sanders, who dropped out of the Democratic race just days before, has helped Biden gain the support of many younger voters who previously supported the progressive Vermont senator.
Several polls released Sunday also show Biden leading Trump by at least 5 points in hypothetical head-to-head matchups. A Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted between April 18 and19 showed that three-quarters of Democratic voters were at least aware that Sanders, Obama and Warren had put their support behind Biden.
No wonder the Biden campaign would be desperate for Michelle Obama!
The Associated Press has more on what Obama would do for Biden's sleepy campaign:
“She brings to the table not just her own experience of being an active and well-respected first lady but, at a time when the country is looking for leadership and looking for role models, she fills so many gaps,” said Democratic strategist Donna Brazile. “I can only imagine what her endorsement would mean to the former vice president.”
Like most Americans, Michelle Obama is staying at home, along with her husband and daughters Malia and Sasha, who are back from college. She has not yet weighed in on the 2020 campaign, though a person close to her said there’s little doubt she supports Biden. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Michelle Obama’s thinking.
An endorsement does not appear imminent. Biden campaign aides who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss possible scenarios said they want to ensure that any announcement lands with the biggest impact possible.
We expect the Biden campaign to announce a panel on May 1 to vet potential running mates.
While Michelle Obama's name has been thrown around a lot, she has publicly stated that she has no desire to run for office.
But if asked, would she answer?