First lady Michelle Obama says she won't run for office

May 29, 2012 at 1:18 PM
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NEW YORK, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama says she has no intention of running for political office.

Asked on Tuesday's edition of ABC's "The View" about rumors claiming she hopes to realize her own political ambitions once her husband, President Barack Obama, leaves the White House, Michelle Obama replied: "Those are other people's rumors. Absolutely not. 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," she said. "Now the one thing that is certain -- I will serve. I will serve in some capacity. The work 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. But there are so many ways to serve and being president is one of the hardest ways and that's one of the reasons I tell Barack I'm a little smarter than him. I picked the easier job."

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