Will Michelle Obama Run for President? Her Thoughts on Running for Office Revealed in ‘Becoming’

One of only four living former First Ladies of the United States (next to Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush), Michelle Obama still has plenty of time to use her fame to make a difference.

Though her Let’s Move! and Let Girls Learn campaigns are officially out of her hands, she promises readers of her memoir Becoming that she’s proud of the work she’s done so far — though she’s not entirely sure what’s next on the horizon. Or is she?

Many have led the “what’s next” conversation with her by questioning whether or not she plans on running for president in 2020 — or at any point in the future. She brings the issue up directly in her book, settling any rumors about her future career once and for all.

She left her job as a lawyer to do more good

Michelle Obama

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Many future politicians start out as lawyers, not yet proposing or changing the laws but instead doing their best to enforce the ones already in place (you have to start somewhere!). Like her husband, Michelle Obama went to law school and worked as a lawyer. But only for a little while.

While Barack Obama was campaigning for the presidency in 2008, she was actually working in Chicago as the Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago hospital system — which might explain her future as a well-known children’s health advocate.

Michelle Obama is not the biggest ‘fan’ of politics

Obama’s memoir takes readers through much of her life before becoming First Lady. But she also spends an appropriate amount of time detailing the things she saw from the “inside” — especially during the events leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

She notes many of the things she is proud her husband’s administration accomplished throughout his eight-year term. But it wasn’t all good — and in many ways, she was relieved when President Obama did not have to run a third campaign after the success of his second.

Obama supported her husband through numerous campaigns and stood by his side for eight years as he served as the country’s commander-in-chief. She seems to support anyone, in fact, who wants to make a grand effort to do good for people who truly need it.

But she never tried to pretend to be a politician as First Lady. She had a lot of help with the programs she launched while in the White House. But now that Barack Obama’s terms are up, her future in politics has been questioned on several fronts.

Many have even asked if she plans on running for president — so many, in fact, that she addressed the issue directly toward the end of her book.

So … will Michelle Obama ever run for president?

Michelle Obama

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You may have guessed her answer by now, but we’ll let her tell you in her own words. After telling the story of how she grew up, met a young lawyer, built a family, and eventually moved that family into the White House, she tells us about leaving it all behind.

She writes: “Because people often ask, I’ll say it here directly: I have no intention of running for office, ever. I’ve never been a fan of politics, and my experience over the last ten years has done little to change that. I continue to be put off by the nastiness … this idea that we’re supposed to choose one side and stick to it.”

However, she does clarify that she believes politics can do good — just not in the two-sided battleground she has witnessed. “I do believe,” she concludes, “that at its best, politics can be a means for positive change, but this arena is just not for me.”