Given that Barack and Michelle Obama’s love story began with a political mentorship, it seems quite ironic that politics is the one thing that could separate them. During an event in Germany, organized by the Obama Foundation, the 57-year-old Barack Obama said to an audience that consisted of 300 young European leaders
“I’m not here to support any political office, I’ve held my last political office. Michelle would leave me if I ever ran for office again,”
Since leaving the white house, Barack and Michelle have been touring the world together, doing lots of fun activities—from river rafting to paddle boarding. Apparently, Michelle who was Barack’s mentor in 1989—three years before they tied the knot, wants her husband all to herself now.
Can Obama Possibly Run For A Political Office Again?
If he wants to, yes. Although he’d have to go through a non-elected route as the US law states that
“no person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice.”
However, considering Mr. Obama’s comments, he obviously won’t be running for presidency or any other political office again. This is like the second time he has hinted that Michelle Obama wouldn’t be there with him if he ran for office again.
While receiving an award in 2017, from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the former US president told the large audience:
“I also want to thank Michelle Obama for, after the presidency, sticking with me because I think she felt an obligation for the country to stay on. But once her official duties were over it wasn’t clear”
As someone who cherishes and values his wife of 26 years, Obama won’t want to risk losing her by doing the one thing that can make her leave. In a press conference Mr. Obama had few days after leaving the white house, he said
“I want to do some writing, I want to be quiet a little bit, and not hear myself talk so darn much. I want to spend precious time with my girls.”
So, it appears, spending time away from the political scene with Michelle and their children is enough for Barack Obama.