Michelle Obama isn't the next Hillary Clinton
May 29th, 2012
01:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Michelle Obama isn't the next Hillary Clinton

(CNN) – The wife of the last Democratic president served as a U.S. senator after leaving the White House and is now the most powerful woman in the country. The wife of the current president, however, says she has other plans.

Asked on "The View" Tuesday if she would ever seek office herself, first lady Michelle Obama said she had no interest in politics.

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"Absolutely not," Obama said when asked if she would ever run for political office.

The first lady continued, "I am not interested in politics, never have been. One of the things you learn after 48 years of life, you know what your passions and your gifts are."

Michelle Obama, while not her husband's most visible campaign surrogate, frequently hits the trail to advocate for the president in his bid for re-election. She made swings through Arizona, Iowa and Nebraska at the end of April and the beginning of May.

On "The View" Tuesday, the first lady said she was interested in other kinds of public service, just not the kind that requires politics and elections.

"I will serve. I will serve in some capacity," Obama said. "The work that I'm doing with military families is a forever proposition because they will always need a voice out there. They will always need a country standing strong, and if I have any kind of platform, I'm going to be their voice."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Wake up people

    You're an awesome lady Mrs. Obama, I'm sure whatever you do, you will be great at it! God bless all of you. Thank you for showing the world a classy, black family. ( Since so many have only seen blacks on tv or the news.) Smh.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 29, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "cali is brok, keep raising those taxes jerry. they think the other 49 states will bail them out if barry gets back in."

    And what would be wrong with that? For over hald a century we've been bailing out failed red states by giving them more federal dollars than they pay in taxes. Meanwhile, CA's receipts of federal money have consistently been dropping and they only receive about $0.75 to $0.80 for ever $1.00 in taxes they send to the federal government. Guess where that other quarter is going? That's right...Ole' Miss, Albama, SC, etc. How is that not a bailout? Red states and their failed GOP/conservative governments have consistently needed the federal government and the rest of the states to "bail them out" for over a half century. Year after year after year. Maybe it actually is time for some parity.

    May 29, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Running on Cow-Pie-Diplomacy...

    True the first Lady is classy...but she is not the Question in the November election..."Running on Cow-Pie-Dipmlomacy"
    is none other than Barack Obama and thats the question...does he have a record to run on or just dishing out cow-pies...

    May 29, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. OnetermBama

    Thank God this woman is sane.

    May 29, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. rob

    Ok Sniff, you can start right now, donate part of your income to California. Or, better yet move there and pay the taxes that will be required for the huge state Govt they have. Pretty soon there won't be any companies left in Cal. because they aremoving to more business friendly states. Good luck finding a job.

    May 29, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. anoel2005

    Do you think she is finally PROUD of this country? After all, we sent her on 18 vacations and counting....

    May 29, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FLOTUS is smart, she knows that we're all waiting on Hillary Clinton to finish off the Republican party once and for all.

    May 29, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. mm

    Michelle Obama is a smart woman...and a very good first lady.

    May 29, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Ok Sniff, you can start right now, donate part of your income to California."

    As soon as I get my refund for all the taxes I gave to Mississippi, SC, Alabama, Louisiana, et al.

    "Pretty soon there won't be any companies left in Cal. because they aremoving to more business friendly states. "

    Really? I'm pretty sure last time I checked that everyone and their mom wants to live and work in CA's internet industry and Hollywood. Those aren't going anywhere, and Apple is about to build a billion dollar building that looks like a spaceship to house their corporate faciilities. Do you just make these things up because it helps you convince yourself that reality really is the way you've been told it is by Faux Noise and the rest of the right wing's chosen prophets? Yo have no backup for these kinds of statements...the GOP/Teatrolls never do...they just "conclude" that it "must be true" beacuse "my ideology tells me so."

    May 29, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    @rob – the FLOTUS is a REALLY class act. And.... A little research will show you that GDP, Growth, Productivity and profitability have ALWAYS been higher in times of HIGHER tax rates. The supply-side, trickle-down GOP economic policies simply DO NOT WORK, and that is FACT! The ONLY benefit to the economy in lower tax rates is that the wealthy get WEALTHIER. That wealth does NOT go into job creation... the 1% DO NOT USER THEIR OWN MONEY to create jobs... it's the SMALL businessman/entrepreneur that uses their own money..

    The cause/effect has been proven time after time... lower taxes do NOT improve the economy. The opposite is true. Please educate oneself.

    May 29, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Wiley

    Running for political office would leave her no time for vacationing. It was an easy choice for her to make.

    May 29, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Padraig

    Countless vacations with her friends and the bill is paid by the taxpayers. No other fist lady (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Kennedy) did this. What class? She is a perfect match with her husband. All take and no give.

    May 29, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. TSK

    Hillary Clinton is not even the next Hillary Clinton

    May 29, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. george of the jungle

    classy lady doing a good job as first lady.

    May 29, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. WiredweirdinSF

    And that is not all bad. She is obviously in it for the luxurious parties and deluxe tax paid vacations, not for the raw political power.

    May 29, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. tykl

    It's a bit funny how often she and her husband are on the View. We get personal details and national policy coming from the same show.

    May 29, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |