America has decided. Donald John Trump is the President-elect. The Republican candidate’s win has caused an inimitable seismic shift in the history of American politics, and its repercussions are bound to be felt across the globe. While there are those who are celebrating, for many the decision seems unpalatable.
In fact, CNN’s political commentator, Van Jones lashed out against Trump’s presidential win saying, “You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bully’. You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bigot’. And then you have this outcome…how do I explain this to my children?” Minutes after Trump was declared President-elect and months before he takes the seat in the Oval Office, people have desperately begun searching for a candidate who’d be able to replace him in 2020. In fact, many are looking at a woman. More specifically, they are looking at Michelle Obama.
While Hillary Clinton failed to break the proverbial “glass ceiling”, many Americans are looking at the First Lady to step up and adopt the mantle of running for presidency in the future. They believe she will be able to defeat Trump – the “temperamentally unfit” and uniquely unqualified individual who has been voted to hold the highest office in the United States.
Since yesterday, #Michelle2020 has dominated social media conversations. It isn’t a surprise that the First Lady enjoys tremendous popularity in the public realm — a popularity that isn’t geographically bound. During the eight-year presidency of her husband, Michelle Obama made it a point to pursue a gamut of social causes. She fiercely advocated for women’s rights and established health initiatives for children. She also made girls’ education one of her prime agendas and launched the Let Girls Learn project. Obama also became one of the forerunners of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign that demanded the safe return of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria.
When it came to supporting Democratic candidate Hilliary Clinton, Obama stepped it up and entered the political sphere as well. Her speeches – far more nuanced and relatable in comparison to Clinton’s – managed to win the hearts of countless Americans. The iconic line, “When they go low, we go high” given at the Democratic National Convention night became a powerful motto for Clinton’s campaign. But what really sets her apart is the effortless ‘cool’ quotient. She has a natural availability to connect with people. Obama’s made appearances on popular American talk shows, given inspiring speeches at universities, while more recently making a cameo in the President’s video, “Couch Commander”. Her sense of humour teamed with supreme intelligence are inimitable.
Unfortunately, while many Americans look at Obama as the symbol of hope in the future, the First Lady had already refuted suggestions for running for presidency. Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Texas in March she had resolutely said, “I will not run for president. No, nope, not going to do it.” There is a good chance her decision might change in the future, but for now America has to steel itself for Donald J. Trump. The ride’s going to be bumpy.