Will Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama be a dream ticket for the Democratic Party in 2016?
Now that the 2012 election cycle is history, political junkies are
already looking ahead to 2016, and reports indicate a buzz growing for a
potential Democratic “dream” ticket featuring Hillary Clinton and
“All due respect for President Obama and Vice President Biden, but
that would truly be a dream team for America,” said former Clinton
spokeswoman Karen Finney, according to the Washington Examiner
“Both women are proven effective leaders who’ve raise children, so dealing with Congress would be a snap!”
Democratic strategist Chris Lehane told the paper, “More than
anything else, this reflects the growing awareness that it is time for
the glass ceiling of the last old boys club to be firmly shattered.”
There are already bumper stickers in the marketplace with messages
such as “2016-Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama,” and “Hillary-Michelle
2016 First First Lady Ticket For President,” and Cafe Press reports a
60% hike in sales of the Hillary-Michelle sticker from December to
March, with the largest jump in March.
Some have suggested putting Mrs. Obama at the top of the ticket and
having Mrs. Clinton run for VP, especially after Michelle announced the
Best Picture Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards.
Among them is NBC late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon, who last month
told Michelle Obama on his show, “I’ve said it here first. Dream team:
Michelle and Hillary, ’16. What do you think?”
“You know, I have my eye actually on another job,” Mrs. Obama
responded. “You know I hear that when Jay Leno retires, that ‘The
Tonight Show’ position is gonna be open and I’m thinking about putting
my hat in the ring.”
As WND reported in 2009
, an online poll by CNN had viewers overwhelmingly saying Michelle Obama should never run for president.
The question specifically asked: “Should Michelle Obama run for president in 2020?”
With 200,000 votes tallied in the unscientific poll, 83 percent of
respondents answered no, with a ratio of over 165,000 against the idea
to only 35,000 in favor.
William J. O’Reilly, an iReporter for CNN, drew a parallel in his
video editorial between the Obamas and the “Camelot” years of John and
Jackie Kennedy, but points out that Michelle is no Jackie.
“While Michelle Obama is received as not only a fashion icon and also
presidential arm candy – as was Jackie Kennedy – there is a
difference,” said O’Reilly. “Michelle Obama, with her bearing, with her
intelligence, with her degrees from Princeton and from Harvard Law
School – added to that, Hillary Clinton’s precedent in seeking and
gaining political office – mark my words, Michelle Obama will run for
According to the Washington Examiner, pollster John Zogby questioned if a Hillary-Michelle ticket would sell.
“Hillary and Michelle are both very popular and accomplished, but
this smacks of too much celebrity and is a tad too dynastic for American
voters,” he said. “An interesting reality show, yes. A ticket, no.”