Former first lady Michelle Obama appeared in an interview that aired on Sunday with ABC’s Robin Roberts. During the interview, Obama heaped praise on Joe Biden and the work he has done as president, but, when asked if she hopes Biden will run for reelection in 2024, she couldn’t give an answer.
In an ABC News 20/20 special, Robin Roberts talked with Obama about her recent return to the White House for the unveiling of her and her husband’s portraits. Roberts then pivoted to discuss President Biden, saying, “President Biden is a good friend of yours. How do you feel he’s doing as president?”
“I think he’s doing a great job,” responded Obama. “This is a hard job and it’s – the one thing about being president, it’s probably the only job that few people know what it feels like to do it, but everybody thinks they know how to do it. Everybody’s a backseat driver when it comes to being the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful nation on earth.”
“But it’s a tough job and I think that he’s doing the best he can under some tough circumstances,” she added.
Roberts then posed another question, seeming to catch Obama off guard. She asked, “Do you hope that President Biden will run again in 2024?”
Obama took a long pause, then said, “I will have to see.”
She then adjusted her response to make it seem like her hesitancy stemmed from wanting to allow Biden and his family to make the decision without added pressure, rather than simply not thinking he is fit to do the job for another four years.
She said, “The reason I don’t speak on that is because I know what it feels like to be on the other side of it, and I think that that’s a personal decision that he and his family have to make.”
“Probably if I hadn’t been through it, I’d feel more cavalier about opining on it, but I know it’s a personal call, and I don’t wanna be one of the millions of people weighing in on what he should do,” added Obama, successfully avoiding the actual question.
When asked by @RobinRoberts if President Biden should run in the 2024 election, former first lady Michelle Obama said she doesn’t “speak on that” because she knows “what it feels like to be on the other side of it.” #MichelleObama https://t.co/BKf9XdBBUv pic.twitter.com/O1ELPW4LTw
— 20/20 (@ABC2020) November 14, 2022
According to recent polls, over half of Democrats think Biden should not seek re-election in 2024.