Michelle Obama says will not go into politics after White House

WASHINGTON Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:25pm EDT

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, June 18, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will not go into politics after leaving the White House, she said on Monday, dismissing rumors she might follow in the footsteps of predecessor Hillary Clinton and run for the Senate after her husband leaves office.

At an event to promote family-friendly workplace policies, the wife of President Barack Obama was asked whether her next move would be political.

“No, it will not be political. It definitely will not be. It will be mission-based, service-focused,” Mrs. Obama told ABC newscaster Robin Roberts.

Her comment may have been aimed at shutting down recent speculation that Mrs. Obama was mulling a future run for the U.S. Senate. President Obama's term in the White House ends in early 2017.

Former first lady Hillary Clinton was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 just as her husband, President Bill Clinton, was finishing his second term. She went on to become U.S. secretary of state under Obama after losing to him in a run to become the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee.

During her time as first lady, Michelle Obama spearheaded a movement to make school lunches healthier, a move for which she has come under recent fire from congressional Republicans.

Before her husband went into politics, Obama worked as an attorney, director of a “public allies” leadership-training group in Chicago and as director for community affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

(Reporting by Annika McGinnis; Editing by Jeff Mason and Ken Wills)

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Comments (3)
Bighammerman wrote:
Who cares.

Jun 23, 2014 8:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:
You do.

Jun 24, 2014 9:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyradius wrote:
His hatred is only exceeded by his stupidity, reinforced by poor punctuation.

As for Mrs. Obama, this doesn’t surprise me at all. She is obviously an intelligent and educated professional and based on what I’ve seen of her personality, she likely feels she can do more good in the private sector. Given the perpetual gridlock in Washington dragging this country down, she is very likely correct. She is a woman of action; Congress is more an exercise in decades of patience, frustration and half-measures.

We still need good people like her going into Congress but it is certainly not a path that most people would want to take to try and improve our country. Scrappy, bookish fighters like Elizabeth Warren fit the mold quite nicely.

Jun 24, 2014 11:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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