Michelle Obama says she won't run for President, admits White House stay was tough on family

Former US First Lady Michelle Obama has shut down calls to run for president and said she would never run for political office, the media reported

IANS April 28, 2017 12:17:02 IST
Michelle Obama says she won't run for President, admits White House stay was tough on family

Washington: Former US First Lady Michelle Obama has shut down calls to run for president and said she would never run for political office, the media reported.

Michelle Obama says she wont run for President admits White House stay was tough on family

File image of Michelle Obama. AP

On Thursday, in her first speech since leaving the White House, she told an audience at the America Institute of Architecture convention in Orlando that being in the White House was tough on her family, CNN reported.

Obama said she will continue to work for young girls and women around the world who face challenges with education, medical care, economic inequality and violence.

"It's good to get out of the house," she said about being at the event. "(It's been) so far so good — it hasn't been that long since we left... It's good to not have the weight of the world upon your shoulders."

Obama gave the audience in the conference hall an inside look what is has been like for the former first family since leaving the White House, the CNN report added.

"Friends are surprised I answer the door now," she said, adding that her daughters Sasha and Malia can actually open their windows, something they could never do at the White House.

Obama said their dogs, Bo and Sunny, never heard a doorbell before because the White House does not have a doorbell.

She told the audience the final day was bittersweet because it was the place she had lived the longest in her entire life — and her daughters grew up there.

Malia and Sasha went out the back door with tears in their eyes while President Donald Trump and Melania Trump came through the front when they moved in. "I didn't want to have tears in my eyes for the new President," she said.

For the most part, former President Barack Obama and Michelle have steered clear of the public spotlight since leaving the White House in January, CNN reported.

The two were last spotted earlier this month on a yacht off the island of Mo'orea in the South Pacific.

The Obamas are also busy working on their memoirs.

The couple plans to live in Washington until their younger daughter, Sasha, graduates from high school in 2019.

Updated Date:

also read

How the idea of wearing a mask has gone through phases of acceptance and resistance since the Spanish Flu
World

How the idea of wearing a mask has gone through phases of acceptance and resistance since the Spanish Flu

The World Health Organisation in no uncertain terms makes it clear that masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives.

US combat mission in Iraq will conclude by year end, says Joe Biden
World

US combat mission in Iraq will conclude by year end, says Joe Biden

Biden said the US military will continue to assist Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State, and the security relationship will be focused on training and intelligence-sharing

In Donald Trump's recasting of 6 January insurrection, attackers become martyrs and heroes
World

In Donald Trump's recasting of 6 January insurrection, attackers become martyrs and heroes

The fact inversion about the siege is the latest in Trump's contorted oeuvre of the 'big lie' compendium, the most specious of which is that the election was stolen from him, when it was not