Michelle Obama made what’s believed to be her first public appearance since leaving the White House and during her speech on Thursday in Florida she repeated, again, that she won’t be running for office.
“Politics is tough, and it’s hard on a family,” Obama told the American Institute of Architects’ annual convention, the Orlando Sentinel reports. “I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again because, when you run for higher office, it’s not just you, it’s your whole family.”
Obama’s popularity as first lady hovered around 60 percent since 2009, said The Washington Post in December, citing various political polls over that period.
According to a January Gallup poll, her husband left office with a 58 percent favorable rating, while she was 10 percent higher at 68 percent.
She told the convention audience, though, that she didn’t see that as a pathway to running for office, noted the Sentinel.
“It’s all well and good until you start running, and then the knives come out,”
“Plus, there’s just so much more we can do outside of the office, because we won’t have the burden of political baggage,” Obama added.
Obama shared the same sentiment in December during an interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
“Look, that’s one thing I don’t do,” Obama said in the interview. “I don’t make stuff up. I’m not coy. I have proven that. I’m pretty direct. If I were interested in it, I’d say it.”
“It’s not something I would do. But it also speaks to the fact that people don’t really understand how hard this is. And it’s not something that you cavalierly just sort of ask a family to do again,” she continued.
Before becoming first lady, Obama worked at the University of Chicago as associate dean of student services and then vice president of community and external affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Barack Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago and won seats in the Illinois State Senate and the U.S. Senate before becoming president.
Source: newsmax – Michelle Obama Won’t Run for Office – for Sake of Children