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Michelle Obama Won't Run for President

1:55 PM, Apr 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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At a bring your kids to work day event at the White House, Michelle Obama said that she isn't interested in running for president. "Absolutely not. No," the first lady said in response to a question from a kid on whether she'll "ever run for president."

Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama at DNC

Michelle Obama tried to refocus the kids on her husband's reelection effort. "Being president is a really hard job and it’s an important job," Obama said. "And when my husband is running for president, we’re right in there; we’re serving, too.  And I think that once his terms are over, we’ll go on to do other important things -- because there are so many ways that you can help this country and the world, even if you’re not president of the United States.

"And I think one of the things you learn about yourself as you get older are what are your strengths and what are your interests.  And for me it’s other stuff that is not being the president. So I probably won’t run. But that’s a great question."

But if Michelle Obama changed her mind, she wouldn't be the first former first lady to run for the highest elected office in the land. Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton's wife, ran for president in 2008, though she fell short to Barack Obama.

There remains, of course, speculation that Clinton, the secretary of state, will make another bid for the office in 2016. (And there's even speculation that she'll replace Biden as Barack Obama's running mate this time around.) 

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