Just because Michelle Obama doesn’t want to run for the 2020 Presidential seat, doesn’t mean she won’t use her power and political muscle to usher voters to the polls.
Our forever First lady will join the 2018 voter registration campaign called “When We All Vote,” a nonpartisan initiative where she will appear in public service announcements and pop up at live events throughout the country to get people amped up and ready to rock the vote, reports Politico.
“Mrs. Obama is really excited about this voter registration effort, and her fall schedule is still coming together,” said one person close to her.
The “When We All Vote” initiative reportedly comes after months of top-secret planning. Obama will join other A-List celebrities who signed on, including actor Tom Hanks, country stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Houston Rockets star Chris Paul, singer Janelle Monae and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Also, other former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett will serve as president of the board. The “When We All Vote” initiative is its own non-profit entity and will operate independent of the Obama Foundation, the personal offices of Barack and Michelle Obama, and Citizen 44.
According to Fortune.com, the organization reportedly hopes to raise an $8 million budget, primarily through corporate sponsorships and foundation grants, to fund: volunteer recruitment and training, improved voter registration processes, and an increased conversation and participation in the voting process across the country.
“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power,” Obama said in a statement. “And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress.”
“The future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard,” she concluded.
In my family, voting was a sacred responsibility, one which we never took for granted. I’m excited to be a part of @WhenWeAllVote to inspire and empower all eligible voters to make their voices heard. #WhenWeAllVote, we can make history. https://t.co/cBTTn9Q5Lf https://t.co/6d5UT4gg9k
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 19, 2018
Michelle Obama continues to raise her voice about a variety of issues and made headlines this week in Edinburgh at her first official international appearance since leaving the White House. At an event organized by The Hunter Foundation.
According to the Daily Mail, while referring to Trump, our forever FLOTUS said: “There’s something wrong with us as women that we would make that choice… we can’t be okay with mediocrity with men, but demand excellence from women.”
Although she didn’t mention Trump by name, Obama reportedly made it clear that ‘the last election in my country does not give me hope,’ according to The Scotsman.