Former first lady and popular figure Michelle Obama made it very clear that she will not be running for the presidency in 2020. While speaking at the 39th annual Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston on Thursday, she explained why she isn’t running for president despite pleas from supporters.
“The reason why I don’t want to run for president — and I can’t speak for Oprah [Winfrey] — but my sense is that, first of all, you have to want the job,” Obama said per Today, also referencing prior rumors that Winfrey was going to run in 2020.
Adding more emphasis to her prior statement, “And you can’t just say, ‘Well, you’re a woman, run.’ We just can’t find the women we like and ask them to do it, because there are millions of women who are inclined and do have the passion for politics.”
Obama, went on to say that she does not have a passion for politics, despite her role at the White House during husband Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure as the 44th president of the United States.
“I’ve never had the passion for politics,” she said. “I just happened to be married to somebody who has the passion for politics, and he drug me kicking and screaming into the arena.”
Mrs. Obama, spent her eight years advocating for military families and encouraged healthy eating to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity. The hype for her presidential run began in 2016 after she gave a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention.