Former first lady Michelle Obama used her first speaking engagement since her husband left office to make some very big statements.
During a 45-minute Q&A during the American Institute of Architects’ annual conference, the Orlando Sentinel reports, Obama made it clear that she will not be running for president in 2020, or ever, for that matter. She told the crowd that she would not ask her children to again go through the stress that comes with having a parent in office.
‘It’s all well and good until you start running, and then the knives come out. Politics is tough, and it’s hard on a family…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 added that there is plenty that can be done outside of office to make a difference.
‘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 went on to discuss some of her post-White House plans, and explained that she wants to continue working to help women and girls get access to education and health care.
‘One issue that I am excited about continuing to work on is…to help young girls get an education around the world.
‘The plight of women and girls is real. The struggles are real.’
The former first lady also addressed the progress of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, which will be built in Jackson Park on the south side of Chicago. The Obamas have said that the center will be a “center for citizenship” that will “tell the story of the Obama administration, its achievements, challenges and lessons learned.”
She told the audience about the project, which is still in its early stages:
‘We have spent a lot of time looking at structures and models and it’s been a phenomenal experience. We’re also thinking about what’s going to happen in that building, the programming, what we can do not just for the city of Chicago, but for the country and the world, perhaps.’
She then went on to assure the crowd that she and her husband will always be involved in public service.
‘Barack and I have been in public service our whole lives. Public service will always be in our blood.’
Mrs. Obama did not mention President Trump by name during her remarks; however, she did make a few jokes that were pretty obviously directed his way.
First, when speaking about her life as a private citizen, she commented on the fact that it hasn’t been long since she and her family left the White House.
‘So far, so good. It hasn’t been that long, really. It’s been less than 100 days. I think everybody’s counting 100 days. We’re counting, too.’
She later joked that she was careful not to shed any tears while saying goodbye to the White House staff during Trump’s inauguration because “people would swear I was crying because of the new president.”
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