Will Michelle Obama Influence a Deval Patrick 2020 Run?
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has been weighing a presidential run, and his ultimate decision -- which is said to come by the end of the year -- leans most heavily on his wife’s endorsement. “I will not be a candidate without Diane at my side, full-throated and enthusiastic,” he told The New Yorker this week. Enter former First Lady Michelle Obama. Apparently, FLOTUS44 helped 67-year-old Diane Patrick warm up to the idea of being a potential First Lady. According to unnamed people close to both families who spoke with The New Yorker, Obama “recently met with Diane, to persuade her to embrace a Presidential run by Patrick.” And when former President Barack Obama visited Boston last May to receive the Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library, Diane told reporters that she was eager to see Michelle, according to Politico. “I want to know how life is after the White House,” she said, before quickly adding: “Not for any personal reasons.” In other Michelle Obama news, she began her 12-stop book tour Tuesday night with Oprah before a sold-out audience of 14,000 at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, for a more than 90-minute conversation, speaking on everything from piano lessons to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and Donald Trump moved in. The tour heads next to Los Angeles, DC, Detroit, Paris, and London, and other U.S. cities. It ends next month in NYC. More here.