Former first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday shut down calls to contest for president, saying she would never run for political office.
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.
‘It’s all well and good until you start running, and then the knives come out,’ she said in her speech. ‘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.’
On what it’s been like since leaving the White House, she said:
‘It’s good to get out of the house. It’s been so far so good, it hasn’t been that long since we left but it’s good to not have the weight of the world upon your shoulders.’
‘Friends are surprised I answer the door now’, adding that her daughters Sasha and Malia can actually open their windows now, something they could never do at the White House.
Obama said her daughters, Malia and Sasha, had tears in their eyes as they left.
“I didn’t want to have tears in my eyes for the new president,” she said.
The couple plans to live in Washington until their younger daughter, Sasha, graduates high school in 2019.