Will Michelle Obama run for office? Former Obama White House insider speaks out


While her fans have been clamoring at the idea for months if not years, a member of the Obamas' inner circle reiterated on Thursday that former first lady Michelle Obama has absolutely no plans to run for president or any other office.

Valerie Jarrett, who worked in the Obama White House for years, said Thursday morning that neither she nor Michelle Obama have plans to run for president in the future during an interview with MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski.

Jarrett described President Trump's victory as "gut-wrenching," but said she is focused on the future and how to "move on."

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Jarrett told Brzezinski that she has since shifted her focus in finding the next Democratic candidate that will generate the same spirit to galvanize people to the polls in 2020 as Barack Obama had done during his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

But when asked about what the future holds for the Obamas and Democrats, specifically Michelle Obama's potential bid for the nation's highest office, Jarrett said it would not be "fruitful" to discuss that matter in particular with the former first lady.

"I will encourage her to be a force for good, she doesn't need much encouragement for that, obviously she was an extraordinary first lady, but I don't think she really wants to run for office," Jarrett said.

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But just because the Obamas won't be in office again doesn't mean they won't play a role in politics, Jarrett said.

The former first lady "appreciates that she has this extraordinary platform' she has in the post-presidency 'as does her husband."

"They're young, they're very popular, the president left office with very high approval ratings, as did she." Jarrett added. "And so how do you take that and galvanize the American people, citizens, to actually work to solve some of the big challenges that we lie ahead...I think both of them are committed to that."