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Michelle Obama: I'm Not Running for Anything

Michelle Obama: I'm Not Running for Anything

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By    |   Monday, 19 December 2016 10:46 PM

First lady Michelle Obama said she has no plans to run for president – or anything else – in the future.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast Monday on CBS, Obama said she believes some people calling for her to run for the White House in 2020 are serious, and others are just "hopeful."

But, she said, most people have no idea what they are asking, and the job is not something that should be expected of one family for more than eight years.

"Sixteen years? I wouldn't do that to my kids," Obama said.

Being part of the first family is a "hard job," she said, even for the children.

"Their lives stop – at any age" and are "turned upside down in ways you can't understand," she told Winfrey.

It is not the first time the first lady has denied she has any plans to seek the Oval Office in the future, and she said people should believe her.

"Look, that's one thing I don't do. I don't make stuff up. I'm not coy," she said. "I'm pretty direct. If I were interested in it I would say it. I don't believe in playing games."

She said people should not be asking her to run just because they feel the voters "got it wrong" in electing Donald Trump and she would be the next best thing to another term by her husband, President Barack Obama, who is constitutionally barred from a third term himself.

"But let me just tell America: This is hard. It's a hard job," she said. "It requires a lot of sacrifice. It is a weighty thing."

"The Democratic Party has not asked you to run for anything?" Winfrey asked.

"I don't know what they're talking about, but I'm not talking back," Obama said.

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