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TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY – AT 9:55 A.M. ET:  We have warned before at Urgent Agenda that the Obama administration might not want to leave at the end of the second term, despite the two-term limit on presidents.  The Obamans are products of machine politics, and machine politicians find a way to perpetuate themselves. 

We have cautioned that "the way" might be found through Michelle Obama.  Now, consider this, from the Weekly Standard:

Samuel L. Jackson has faith in First Lady Michelle Obama.

“Michelle is Superwoman. What can’t she do?” the Hollywood star and Democratic donor says in an interview with Newsweek. “That’s why people love her. She can be on the Supreme Court and anywhere else she wants. She can be the president. She’s history and she’ll stay history because she is so amazingly smart and together.”

Forget the Supreme Court, Sammy.  She doesn't even have a law license any longer.

Congressman James Clyburn, from South Carolina, also sees much promise in Michelle Obama.

“I’d love to see her get more into politics because it would be a breath of fresh air in D.C.,” Clyburn tells Newsweek. “She’s honest and straightforward, which is not what you see in Washington much. She is exactly what we need around here.”

Yeah, there's a yearning for Michelle in foreign-policy circles.  Can't you feel it?

But a White House official tells the publication that the first lady doesn't have the "temperament" for the top spot in the land.

“Michelle Obama doesn’t have the temperament for the constant b.s. that goes on in D.C.,” an anonymous aide tells Newsweek. “She watched her husband fight fights that he shouldn’t have to. She’s seen the ugly side of Washington up close and personal and has no interest in dealing with that firsthand. I think she knows there are other ways to impact the system from the outside in. She’ll find those, but it won’t be through public office. That’s not who she is.”

COMMENT:  Oh, I don't know.  I suspect there's already thinking about what Michelle can do after she leaves the White House.  Do not be shocked if there's a boomlet for her in 2016...either for the presidency or the vice-presidency, or for a Senate seat from some urban state where she could establish quick residency. 

We don't usually do dynasties in America, but there have been exceptions, like the Kennedys in Massachusetts, whose political legacy began with Joseph P. Kennedy's entrance into government in the 1930s.  These dynasties eventually die out.  None of this country's founding families are prominent today.  But the Obamas are just beginning, and the black vote has a virtual veto power in Democratic Party politics.

December 4, 2012