Here is why Michelle Obama didn’t run for president

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At one point, after Trump was elected in 2016, there were rumours that Michelle Obama would run for president.

Devastated Clinton supporters pleaded with her to become the first female president in 2020, while Oprah Winfrey hinted several times that she might run and the internet suggested Michelle be her vice-president. In an appearance on Good Morning Britain in October, documentary maker Michael Moore said that the former first lady would, alongside Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey, “save us” if she decided to run for the presidency.

And still, as Trump's presidency remains shrouded in scandals, many are not losing hope, regularly calling out to Michelle Obama, pleading for her to consider the possibility of becoming the first female president.

But Michelle Obama has now laid those rumours to rest for good.

While making a surprise visit to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in Manhattan on Saturday, the former first lady confessed that she wouldn’t run for Oval Office because her path has “never been politics”.

When asked why she never ran for president by the group of 30 young girls she was sharing lunch with, Obama replied:

I don’t want to be president! … My path has never been politics. I just happened to marry someone whose passion was politics. Just because he likes it doesn’t mean that I like it!

The former first lady has said in the past that another reason she never ran as president was because she wanted to protect her children and did not want them to be faced with more sacrifices.

"This is hard, its a hard job...When you run, your kids lives stop," she told Oprah in December 2016, shortly after Trump was elected.

The next family that comes in here, every person in that family – every child, every grandchild – their lives will be turned upside down in a way that no American really understands

The former first lady, who has sold more than two million copies of her memoir Becoming, still said that she will be involved in other ways."If I could choose how to spend every second of my day, it would be doing stuff like this," she told the young girls.

So with Michelle Obama officially out of the picture, who can we rely on to step up for the Democrats in the 2020 election? Oprah, would you be available?

HT New York Post

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