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President Barack Obama, left, gives a thumbs-up as he is joined on stage by first lady Michelle Obama, right, at the end of the last debate against Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Barack Obama, left, gives a thumbs-up as he is joined on stage by first lady Michelle Obama, right, at the end of the last debate against Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  

Clyburn: Michelle Obama should run for office

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Could first lady Michelle Obama follow in the footsteps of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, another two-term first lady, and one day enter the political arena?

At least one iconic House Member thinks Mrs. Obama would be a great foil for the typical Washington wrangling.

“I’d love to see her get more into politics because it would be a breath of fresh air in D.C.,” South Carolina Democratic Rep. James Clyburn told Newsweek.

“She’s honest and straightforward, which is not what you see in Washington much. She is exactly what we need around here,” he added.

Clyburn is not alone, in Newsweek’s report Samuel L. Jackson noted that should she desire, the first lady could even take her husband’s job.

“Michelle is Superwoman. What can’t she do?” Jackson told the magazine. “That’s why people love her. She can be on the Supreme Court and anywhere else she wants. She can be the president. She’s history and she’ll stay history because she is so amazingly smart and together.”

To be sure, Mrs. Obama has offered little to no indications that she would even be interested in a run for public office.

Following her critically acclaimed speech at the Democratic National Convention in September there was some chatter about the possibility that she might seek office herself.

A notion, Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas,” attempted to dispel, taking to Twitter shortly there after to say, “Sorry people, Michelle Obama will never run for public office. If she does, I will eat every page of my book,” according to Politico.

Newsweek notes that Mrs. Obama will likely go back to what she was doing prior to her tenure as first lady, working in health care and part-time legal work, as she is considered to be a “private person.”

“I remember seeing her shortly after Barack won the first time, when she came back to Chicago for a visit,” friend Susan McKeever told Newsweek. “It was clear she wanted to just be normal Michelle with no Secret Service or anything like that. She has an amazing life and she has no regrets, but my guess is she’d still love to have her life back on some level.”

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