Former first lady Michelle Obama this week addressed why she has no plans to run for president, despite her soaring popularity. It’s a topic Obama has touched on several times before, but speaking at a medical conference in New York City, she gave some more insight into why Americans will never see her on a presidential ticket.
Obama, who is 54, said she’d rather see political activism and a run for president come from America’s youth movement. “So I’m optimistic about the future,” she said. “There are some bright young people out there doing some amazing things.” Just last week, in a post on Twitter, the former first lady voiced support for the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, who have been pushing for new gun control measures in the wake of the shooting there last month that left 17 dead.
“This is why I’m not going to run for president,” Obama, 54, continued. “Because I think it’s a better investment to invest in creating thousands of ‘me’s’. We don’t need just one, we need thousands and thousands.”
Obama stressed that as an “older leader,” it’s incumbent upon her to step out of the way and make room for new voices to emerge.
The comments were made at the Klick Health’s Muse conference, a gathering of medical professionals, on Tuesday and the former first lady discussed a range of topics, including her use of social media.
“I tweet by committee,” Obama said, admitting she sometimes gets help in crafting what she posts on Twitter. “I don’t just tweet off the top of my head, which I don’t encourage people to do — especially kids. Yes, I use social media, but I use it like a grown up,” she added, taking a subtle dig at President Donald Trump.
Obama also talked about some lighter subjects like sleeping over at Buckingham Palace, her husband’s graying hair and the advice Malia Obama ignored before heading off to college at Harvard University.
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