Shortly after the election a few weeks ago, Democrats immediately started speculating about who they could run in 2020 and Michelle Obama’s name was at the top of quite a few lists.
According to President Obama however, that’s not going to happen.
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Yahoo News reports:
President Obama: ‘Michelle will never run for office’
President Obama says both he and first lady Michelle Obama will be “very active” in working with people at the grass-roots level to support progressive causes once he leaves office. But despite her popularity and natural public speaking ability, Michelle isn’t interested in a career in politics.
“Michelle will never run for office,” the president told Rolling Stone in an interview conducted the day after the election. “She is as talented a person as I know. You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”
Obama says that after he hands the keys to the White House to President-elect Donald Trump, he plans to “sleep for a couple weeks” and take Michelle “on a well-deserved vacation.”
“I’ll spend time in my first year out of office writing a book, and I’m gonna be organizing my presidential center, which is gonna be focused on precisely this issue of how do we train and empower the next generation of leadership,” Obama said. “How do we rethink our storytelling, the messaging and the use of technology and digital media, so that we can make a persuasive case across the country?”
It’s really not much of a surprise.
Michelle Obama seems to enjoy leisure and travel too much to hold such a demanding position.