Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 as by far the least qualified of the major candidates in the field, including his primary challenger Hillary Clinton, but his wife now bemoans Americans’ electing the less-qualified candidate in 2016 — who’s ended up, she says, acting like the irresponsible parent who lets his children (the American people) do the “fun” thing rather than the responsible thing.
Clinton was “the best-qualified candidate,” Obama said. “She wasn’t perfect, but she was way more perfect than many of the alternatives.”
According to The Hill, in her remarks, Obama also hit the low voter turnout for Trump’s victory in 2016, saying that voters were not “willing” to go out and vote for Clinton, whom she said was likely the most qualified candidate in history.
“We’ve got to be willing, when we do find qualified people, to vote for them,” Obama said. “And we didn’t do that in this election.”
“So I think people should be less … disheartened that me and Oprah don’t want to run, and more disheartened by the fact that Hillary Clinton, probably the most qualified person to ever seek the office of the presidency, lost. She lost.”
Despite her recent politically charged remarks, the former first lady reiterated that she does not want to run for political office in the future.
“The reason why I don’t want to run for president — I can’t speak for Oprah, but my sense is that first of all, you have to want the job,” Obama said at the same forum, as reported by NBC News.
“And you can’t just say, ‘You’re a woman. Run.’ And we can’t look for women like that. We can’t just say ‘let’s find the women we like and ask them to do it,’ because there are a million women who are inclined and who do have the passion for politics,” she added.
Michelle goes on to call Hillary the ‘most qualified candidate in history’? While Clinton may live and breath politics she was also one of the most out-of-touch candidates that ran in 2016 but we don’t Mrs. Obama to understand the importance of that.