Michelle Obama recently expressed her deep-seated anxieties about the 2024 Presidential race, revealing it as a major source of her sleepless nights.
In her candid discussion on Jay Shetty’s “On Purpose” podcast, which aired on Monday, the former first lady shared, “I am terrified about what could possibly happen in this year’s presidential election.” She emphasized the profound impact of leadership choices, stating, “The people we choose to represent us, to speak on our behalf, they shape our lives in ways we often overlook.”
At 59, Obama voiced her concerns about the public’s perception of government effectiveness, remarking, “It’s alarming how some question the government’s role, yet it plays a pivotal part in our lives. We simply cannot afford to take our democracy for granted, a concern that weighs heavily on me.”
Her worries extend beyond politics, touching on global conflicts, the rise of artificial intelligence, educational challenges, society’s dependence on smartphones, and voter participation.
The conversation with Shetty also revisited her iconic 2016 Democratic National Convention statement, “When they go low, we go high.” When asked about what still offends her, Obama listed injustice, ego, greed, racism, and ignorance. “I’ve always been sensitive to unfairness and bullying. It’s crucial how we communicate our messages, even amidst anger and disappointment,” she noted.
Amid speculations about former President Obama’s concerns regarding Donald Trump’s potential return to power and Trump’s apparent lead in the GOP nomination race for 2024, Michelle Obama subtly criticized him without directly naming him. She stressed the importance of the tone and substance of leadership messages. “Spontaneity doesn’t equate to authenticity. Childish leadership, marked by vulgarity and cynicism, sets a poor example and perpetuates similar behavior,” Obama reflected in her conversation with Shetty.
She concluded, emphasizing her desire to embody and promote positivity, reason, compassion, and empathy, especially for those with influential platforms.