Michelle Obama rules out running for president

First lady, speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Texas, says she can have more impact outside politics.

Michelle Obama has disappointed her supporters by declaring that she is not going to follow in Hillary Clinton’s footsteps, and has no intention of running for the presidency.

Mrs Obama has enjoyed almost record approval ratings throughout her husband’s eight years in office.

Among Americans, 79 per cent said when asked in 2014 that they approved of the way she is handling the job of first lady. Only eight per cent disapproved.

But, speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Texas on Wednesday, Mrs Obama said she would not seek to run the White House herself.

“No, no. Not going to do it,” she told the convention centre in Austin, during a question session with rappers Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott to talk about girls’ education.

She mentioned her teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha, as two of the main reasons.

-more at Telegraph

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