Ex-DNC head floats ‘Michelle in 2020’

Ex-DNC head floats ‘Michelle in 2020’
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Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) on Friday mentioned 2020 when praising first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama on 'Becoming': 'Sasha still hasn't read it' Michelle Obama seeks volunteers for local campaigns: There are 'no "off" years' Obama condemns 'hatred in all its forms' after New Zealand shooting MORE’s final White House speech.

The first lady delivered an emotional parting address earlier Friday, telling young Americans “this country belongs to you.”


“When you are struggling and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember something that my husband and I have talked about since we first started this journey nearly a decade ago,” she said.

“Something that has carried us through every moment in the White House and every moment of our lives — and that is the power of hope,” Obama added. "The belief that something is always possible if you’re willing to work for it and fight for it.”

Obama also seemingly criticized President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE’s past rhetoric about Muslims without naming the president-elect.

“Our glorious diversity — our diversity of faiths, of colors, of creeds — that is not a threat to who we are,” she said. "It makes us who we are.”

“That is what moves this country forward every single day: our hope for the future, and the hard work that hope inspires,” the outgoing first lady added, seemingly wiping away tears.

“Don’t be afraid. Lead by example with hope, never fear. Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud.”

President Obama has repeatedly insisted his wife has no intention of following his footsteps into the Oval Office.

“Michelle will never run for office,” he told Rolling Stone magazine Nov. 9. "You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics."