Stating that their eight years in the White House was a difficult time for her family, former first lady Michelle Obama made it clear that she has no interest in running for president. Obama noted that she “wouldn’t ask my children to do this again.”
In her first speech since leaving the White House, Obama appeared at an American Institute of Architecture convention in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, claiming that she intends to “focus on working with young girls and women facing challenges regarding education, health, income inequality, and violence.”
“It’s good to get out of the house,” said Obama, who now lives in a rented $5 million mansion in Washington, D.C.’s tony Kalorama neighborhood with her family and adviser Valerie Jarrett. “So far so good — it hasn’t been that long since we left. … It’s good to not have the weight of the world upon your shoulders.”
Still, she mentioned that moving out of the White House was difficult because that’s where she lived the longest in her life. She added that her daughters, Sasha and Malia, were crying as they left out the back door while President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump entered their new home through the front door.
“I didn’t want to have tears in my eyes for the new president,” Obama said.
Like his wife, former president Barack Obama gave his first public speech since leaving the Oval Office this week. He will also appear at a health care conference for Wall Street bankers in September. It’s been reported that he will be paid a staggering $400,000 for that speech.
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