Michelle has ruled out running for president and also revealed that Hillary Clinton was a better candidate than Trump during the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston on Thursday.
“I think what we see is what happens when we take things for granted,” Obama told Simmons President Helen Drinan. “For the eight years Barack was president, it was like having the ‘good parent’ at home. The responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time.”
While she has learned a lot from watching her husband, Obama says she has no plans to follow in his footsteps, ruling out any future presidential bid.
“I don’t want to be president, I don’t think I should be president. I think I can do a lot of things, but that’s not one of them,” she told the audience. “And we have to find women who understand their gifts and know where to put them to use. I know what I’m good at.”
During the wide-ranging discussion, Obama also offered praise for Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee and the first woman to secure the nomination of a major U.S. political party.
Clinton was “the best-qualified candidate,” Obama said. “She wasn’t perfect, but she was way more perfect than many of the alternatives.”
Despite her recent politically charged remarks, the former first lady reiterated that she does not want to run for political office in the future.
“The reason why I don’t want to run for president, I can’t speak for Oprah, but my sense is that first of all you have to want the job,” Obama said at the same forum, as reported by NBC News.
“And you can’t just say, ‘You’re a woman, run.’ And we can’t look for women like that. We can’t just say let’s find the women we like and ask them to do it, because there are a million women who are inclined and who do have the passion for politics,” she added.