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Should Pres­i­dent Obama lose the elec­tion, there’s a pos­si­bil­ity that first lady Michelle Obama could emerge as a talk show host. She’s at home there; it is a com­fort­able mi­lieu, and no won­der. Mrs. Obama has made mul­ti­ple ap­pear­ances on ABC’s “The View,” CBS “Late Night with David Let­ter­man and the syn­di­cated “Ellen DeGeneres.” She been on cam­era with celebrity chefs, mup­pets, Oprah Win­frey.

“If she were not go­ing to be in the White House, I’d love to have her as the host of a show. She’s amaz­ing,” says Hi­lary Estey McLough­lin — pres­i­dent of Telepic­tures Pro­duc­tions and the syn­di­ca­tion com­pany be­hind Ms. DeGeneres day­time chat­fest — in a con­ver­sa­tion with TV Guide.

“I don’t think she would do it. When you’re in a po­si­tion such as first lady, you’ve reached the pin­na­cle. When you re­ally can make a dif­fer­ence in the world, you’re not go­ing to want to be tied to a syn­di­ca­tion sched­ule,” coun­ters a TV agent who has done busi­ness with many Wash­ing­ton fig­ures.

“Of course, there is still a chance she may spend four more years in her cur­rent job. Check back with us on Nov. 7,” TV Guide ad­vises.

Mot­tos, memos, in­sis­tent squeaks to jharper@wash­ing­ton­

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