WASHINGTON : First Lady Michelle Obama made clear today that she does not plan to follow in Hillary Clinton's footsteps and run for president after her husband leaves office.
"Absolutely not," the first lady declared today, when a girl at the White House for its "Take Your Daughters And Sons To Work Day," asked if she will ever run for president.
"One of the things you learn about yourself as you get older are what are your strengths and what are your interests," she said. "And for me, it's other stuff, that is not being the President. So I probably won't run."
In fielding questions from the youngsters, the first lady expressed confidence that her husband will win reelection and that she'll be in her current role for another four years."
"When my husband is running for President, we're right in there; we're serving, too," she said. "And I think that once his terms are over, we'll go on to do other important things - because there are so many ways that you can help this country and the world, even if you're not president of the United States," she said.
Obama revealed that what she most wants to do is "sneak around." Asked if she would change anything about the position of first lady, she said she yearns to ditch her security detail and go for a walk.
"I've done it a couple of times. But you know, one fantasy I have - and the Secret Service, they keep looking at me because they think I might actually do it - is to walk right out the front door and just keep walking," she said laughing. "Just go right over there and go into some shops, and stop and have some ice cream."
"But I can't do that. I can't just up and decide, 'I think I'm going to go for a walk' and… I'm going to walk to Georgetown. So if I could change something, I'd be able to sneak around a little bit more. But it causes people a lot of stress when I do that so I try not to," she said.