‘In her blood’

In 1st appearance since Trump’s inauguration, Michelle Obama explains why she will never run for public office

Former United States first lady Michelle Obama smiles during the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 on April 27, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Speaking at the American Institute of Architecture in Orlando, former first lady Michelle Obama dismissed rumors that she might run for office but noted that public service remains “in her blood.” Making her first public speech since Donald Trump’s inauguration, Obama said she planned to continue to lead education initiatives for women and girls, as she did with the “Let Girls Learn” initiative while serving as first lady.

“The plight of women and girls is real,” said Obama. “The struggles are real.”

Seeking political office, she added, was off the table — at least for now.

“Politics is tough, and it’s hard on a family,” she said. “I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again because, when you run for higher office, it’s not just you, it’s your whole family.”

According to CNN, the Obama family intends to continue living in Washington D.C. until youngest daughter, Sasha Obama, graduates high school. Below, watch a clip of her talking about living in the White House — and her life now that she’s out of the White House.

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