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A new hope: Michelle for President

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Four more years! Or at least the closest thing to it!

The law of the land says we cannot re-elect President Obama to a third term, and the President himself is yet to go all Bloombergian on us and convince Congress to allow him to run one more time and save us from a — Gasp! — Hillary or — Gasp! Gasp! — Trump presidency.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t get another, better Obama in the White House, does it?

Election day is near, and during this worst of all worst campaigns, the only person in the spotlight who has acted any bit presidential — excluding the ineligible President himself — has been the First Lady.

And here is why we should cast aside the two big-party, big-money candidates and #WriteInMichelle.

First, her instant-classic speech at the Democratic National Convention, in which she succinctly explained how during two terms in the spotlight, she had to routinely calm the nerves of her young daughters after they heard or read terrible things said about their father on television, radio, in newspapers, and on the internet, included the ultimate takedown of Trump — without even mentioning his name. And the catchphrase she coined — We Go High — would have made a perfect campaign slogan.

Second, her speech to the City College of New York’s Class of 2016 went viral in June after she not-so-subtly pointed out to the gorgeous mosaic of students in front of her that she woke up every day in a house built with the help of slave labor — sending thousands of guys like myself to the internet to look up if that was, in fact, a fact. (It is). And she did it in a way that didn’t scream “Reparations now” — she said it to bring us together. In the same speech she again hinted at the dangers of Trump, pointing out that in the last eight years, she has seen leaders who rule by intimidation and demonize and dehumanize entire groups of people, and has learned that they often “do so because they have nothing else to offer.” And in those unmentioned lands, things don’t turn out well.

Finally, it has never been more important in our country’s history than now to have someone in charge who can actually get people to work together. Sure, Michelle Obama has been doing what she can to make sure all Americans — especially kids — eat their vegetables. But it is her ability to keep her mouth shut about the easiest of targets — Hillary Clinton — that impresses me the most. And it just goes to show that she is willing to work with people she has no reason to like — a uniter, not a divider — which is something we all need to get behind.

So it is no surprise that there has been a groundswell of support for the First Lady, who hasn’t made one bad move during eight years in the White House.

Of course there’s one problem: She doesn’t want the job.

But should that stop us from writing her in?

Well, there’s that and the fact that it would take a hell of a lot of write-ins to get her where she refused to go.

And it’s not without precedent. Sure, it’s not for the presidency, but back in the 1989, Bay Ridgite Sal Albanese was kicked off the primary ballot when a judge ruled his petitions invalid, and he was on the verge of losing his Council seat. Then something miraculous happened: Albanese won the primary as a write-in candidate.

Maybe somebody should give ol’Sal a call to rally the troops.

Vince DiMiceli is the editor-in-chief of Courier Life.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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