I've thought about it. The heroine of my novel, Somebody, Woman of the Century -- Cordelia -- was born day one of 1900, the events in her life coinciding with life-changing events, inventions, wars, and trivia -- movies, music in the air -- everything from bustles to bikinis -- all the things that affected a woman's sense of herself, as women back then, were trying to achieve status with men.
On her 98th birthday, as the last of the party guests were leaving, Cordelia settled herself on the couch next to her granddaughter.
As the elevator closed, someone called, "Put it on your schedule, Cordy -- see you at our 'Keep the Environment Green' meeting Friday!"
Miranda murmured, "What a laugh, you retiring from congress two years ago, because you were too busy. You've got how many projects now, on the front burner?"
"Six. On a four-burner stove." Like a teletype, Cordelia's mind ticked away on her last year in congress. "I'm still still doing a jig over the Social Security legislation we rammed through in '96 so that old folks could earn a little extra money -- thanks goodness there are jobs for them."
"Scary jobs -- they cloned that sheep 'Dolly.' It's scary, Cordy, and I don't like the idea of interfering with Mother Nature's domain!"
Cordelia nodded, thinking of the three men she loved. "Richard would have agreed with you. Jackson wouldn't. Ray would have reacted the same way as Richard." ...was it two years ago that he left the world... memories of one man blending,became memories of the other.... "He'd have worried about terrorism, blamed it on our foreign policy, and chuckled over the fuss, hated the hullabaloo over Clinton's love life. Wouldn't be thrilled about more lady commanders, the military announcing more lady bosses by two thousand and ten." Still musing out loud to herself, Cordelia hummed a few names. "Oprah, Hillary, Madeline Albright? Who'll be the queen pin, king pin, the president in two thousand and ten? Some new person we never heard of?
When I finished that novel in the mid-nineties, woman president made a great deal of sense. Today, it makes more sense than ever.
It could be Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, the Attorney General and Senator-elect from California, or Illinois' Tammy Duckworth, combat veteran who lost both her legs. Or ...what about...
In a sit down discussion with Oprah, Michelle made it clear she will not be running for office -- she said she would not put her family through more time in the spotlight. "I don't make stuff up, I'm not coy. I'm pretty direct. If I was interested in it, I would say." Ms Obama said again, that eight years in the White House had been long enough and she did not want to force her children to be faced with more sacrifices.
But a year from now... Wouldn't it be something if Michele Obama would consider it?
She's a name -- a gleaming gold name, a powerful vision -- a queen-pin-king-pin to hold in mind as we start talking now, not next year, talking now -- talking, talking and planning now, for the next election.