Michelle Obama expressed her deep concerns regarding the potential outcome of the 2024 presidential election, stating that she is filled with fear. During an episode of the “On Purpose” podcast, hosted by Jay Shetty and released on Monday, the discussion initially focused on mental health but eventually delved into political matters.
When asked about the issues that occupy her thoughts, Obama reiterated the talking points commonly associated with the Democratic Party. She emphasized the importance of safeguarding democracy and expressed apprehension about the current administration led by President Donald Trump and the Republicans.
“What is the thing that keeps you up at night now, or what is your biggest fear now, after having overcome so many?” Shetty asked.
“It has less to do with me personally and more to do with the world that we’re in,” Obama said.
“There’s such thing as ‘knowing too much,’ and when you’ve been married to the president of the United States who knows everything about everything in the world, sometimes you just want to turn it off.”
Despite addressing a range of concerns, including conflicts in different regions, the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI), the issue of “climate change,” and voter participation, the discussion consistently circled back to the forthcoming presidential election in the United States.
“Those are the things that keep me up because you don’t have control over them,” Obama said.
“And you wonder, where are we in this? Where are our hearts? What’s gonna happen in this next election?” the former first lady asked.
“I am terrified about what could possibly happen because our leaders matter.
“Who we select, who speaks for us, who holds that bully pulpit affects us in ways that sometimes I think people take for granted.”
Obama then claimed that the government does “everything for us, and we cannot take this democracy for granted.”
She went on to reiterate the point by arguing:
“We cannot take this democracy for granted, and sometimes I worry that we do.
“Those are the things that keep me up.”