So, is Michelle Obama going to run for office?
The outgoing first lady discussed her political future in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Monday night, and she made one thing clear: Don’t expect her to run anytime soon.
When Winfrey outright asked if the first lady was considering a political bid — any political bid — her answer was a firm and resounding, “No.”
“I don’t make stuff up. I’m not coy. . . I’m pretty direct. If I were interested in it’d I’d say it,” Michelle Obama said during the interview.
She also offered up a reasonable explanation for why she felt that way.
“People don’t really understand how hard this is, and it’s not something you cavalierly just sort of ask a family to do again,” the first lady said. “Let me just tell America: This is hard. It’s a hard job. . . It requires a lot of sacrifice. It is a weighty thing. And it’s not something you look to one family to take on at that level for that long of a period of time.”
Obama also stressed that 16 years of a single family in the White House could impact not just her kids, but everyone in the family.
“Sixteen years. I wouldn’t do that to my kids,” she said. “What people don’t understand is that you run, their lives stop at any age. The next family that comes in here, every person in that family, every child, every grandchild, their lives will be turned upside down in a way that no American really understands.”
Obama also told Winfrey that she offered an open-door policy to Melania Trump, as she said the incoming first lady is sure to have questions.
“My offer to Melania was, you really don’t know what you don’t know until you’re here, so the door is open,” she said, adding that Laura Bush, the wife of former president George W. Bush, was helpful to the Obamas during their eight years in the White House.
And Obama is ready to pay it forward.
“We will do whatever they need to help them succeed,” she said. “I told Melania, when you get to a place where you can digest all this. . . because, you know, you don’t have questions the day after the election; it’s just sort of like, you’re looking around the house, and it’s like, ‘Well, what do you want to know?’ And it’s like, ‘I don’t know what I should know.’ And I knew that. So my door is open.”