Michelle Obama paid a surprise visit to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in Manhattan on Saturday, and revealed to her young audience that she did not make her own bid for the Oval Office because her “path has never been politics.”
After Obama told the small group of 30 girls that they could pose any question that struck their fancy, one child asked why she did not run for president, reports The New York Post. Obama said that, for one thing, she wanted to give her daughters some respite from living under heavy security. But perhaps more crucially, she does not share the same aspirations as her husband.
“I don’t wanna be president!” she said. “I just happened to marry somebody whose passion was politics. Just because he likes it doesn’t mean that I like it!”
Later on Saturday evening, Obama’s book tour for her memoir Becoming took her to a sold out Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. The former first lady made waves when, in an unguarded moment, she dropped an expletive to accentuate a point she was making.“It’s not always enough to lean in because that shit doesn’t work all the time,” Obama reportedly told the audience, referencing the title of a 2013 book by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, which has in the years since its publication morphed into a mantra for women managing their careers and family lives. Obama’s remark reportedly sent social media users who were following along into a tizzy Saturday evening.
Obama was discussing the idea of women “having it all” and unleashed some searing criticism of the idea that women today can have it all. “Marriage still ain’t equal, y’all,” Obama said, reportedly adding, “It ain’t equal. I tell women that whole ‘you can have it all’ — mmm, nope, not at the same time. That’s a lie.”