Though it’s been more than a year since President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, left the White House, the First Lady is still being questioned about whether she’ll run for president herself one day. While recently speaking at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, the 54-year-old revealed she has absolutely no plans to become a POTUS candidate in the future.
“I don’t want to be president, I don’t think I should be president. I think I can do a lot of things, but that’s not one of them. And we have to find women who understand their gifts and know where to put them to use. I know what I’m good at,” Michelle told the audience on Thursday, April 5.
This actually isn’t the first time the mom-of-two has shut down rampant rumors that she is interested in being president. “No, I’m not gonna run for President,” she told an eight-year-old little boy while answering questions from a group of young kids during a previous interview with People. “But what I want to make sure you do is that you go to school, you get good grades, because we’re looking to you to possibly be a president one day, too. But you can’t do that if you don’t study and do your homework and listen to your parents. But we’re out.”
While speaking at the Simmons Leadership Conference earlier this week, Michelle also opened up about the current US President, Donald Trump, and likened his personality to that of a bad parent. “I think what we see is what happens when we take things for granted. For the eight years Barack was president, it was like having the ‘good parent’ at home. The responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time,” she began, according to People.
“And now we have the other parent. We thought it’d feel fun, maybe it feels fun for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late, and not follow the rules,” Michelle continued. The FLOTUS then said Trump’s presidential decision-making thus far has caused her to take “a deep sigh.” She continued, “I think about what I’ve learned from my husband, and I’ve learned watching him be a leader. And a lot of what I’ve learned about temperament and patience that really comes from him. I think he was born with that DNA.”
“What I learned is that as he said, the arc of history is long, and what we’re here to do is make a mark. And you do what you do because you know it’s the right thing to do, not because you’ll get credit for it, or because it says something about your personal legacy,” Michelle added. “You do the work because you’re slowly moving the needle. There are times in history when we feel like you’re going backward, but that’s part of the growth.”