During the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston on Thursday, former first lady Michelle Obama proceeded to explain why Hillary Clinton lost, giving her version of “What Happened,” along with taking stabs at President Trump.
Although Obama declared that she doesn’t want to run for president, saying, “You have to want the job. And you can’t just say, ‘you’re a woman, run,’” she claimed that the reason Clinton lost the election was because “women weren’t comfortable voting for a woman.”
“We’re here because, once again, a lot of people didn’t vote. It’s true, people sat out or people were hedging bets, or women weren’t comfortable voting for a woman, sadly. And we have to own that reality,” Obama lamented.
“To me that’s the deeper question for us today as women, what happened? What’s going on inside of us, where we’re still afraid to embrace a difference vision of leadership?”
“The best qualified candidate in this race was a woman, and she wasn’t perfect, but she was waaaay more perfect than many of the alternatives,” she declared.
The moderator jumped on the gender topic, saying, “It really didn’t come down to who was the best qualified. If it is indeed, gender, how is that the United States can’t elect a woman when many other developed nations have elected women… so the whole business of gender equity, which we’ve talked almost all day long today, is really compelling, because we can’t have another shot and not get it again.”
Obama said, “you can’t just say, ‘you’re a woman, run,'” but she launched into a tirade about why people should vote for women.
“We just can’t find the women we like and ask them to do it because there are millions of women who are inclined and do have the passion for politics. Just because I gave a good speech, I’m smart and intelligent doesn’t mean I should be the next president,” she said.”That’s been our problem. We’re very shortsighted about how we think about selecting the commander-in-chief.”
She said when we find qualified people, we need to vote for them, and “we didn’t do that in this election,” in a pointed jab at President Trump.
“I think people should be less disheartened by the fact that me and Oprah don’t want to run, and more disheartened by the fact that Hillary Clinton – probably the most qualified person to ever seek the office of the presidency – lost. That should be more discouraging to anybody out there, because what matters now?” Obama lamented.