First lady Michelle Obama says she doesn’t see politics in her future — despite her consistently high approval ratings.
“The answer is N-O. Period. Dot,” Obama said in an interview with AARP The Magazine, of which she graces the cover of the September/October issue. “What I’ve learned as a woman growing up, getting older, is you’ve got to know who you are. And a politician — it’s never been who I was or wanted to be.”
In a rare joint interview with Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife also said she has no desire to run for office.
“No, we’re emphatic,” Biden said. “I never wanted to run.”
Both ladies revealed that they have grappled with some aspects of their public roles.
Obama said she has struggled with “sharing my husband with the world.”
“You get a little selfish sometimes,” she said. “But every time I get irritated or feel lonely or tired, I just think, ‘This is our duty.’”
Biden said she had to learn to speak publicly.
“I never used to speak at all. I always said Joe was the speaker of the family. I mean, I’d go to events and volunteer, but I was never a speaker. And now, that has totally changed for me.”
Despite their proximity to power, the two women also said that sometimes, they’re the last to know when something big is happening.
In the hours before her husband announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed, the first lady said she was “out to dinner with girlfriends.”
“I didn’t know until I walked in the door,” she said.
“I was like, ‘Wow,’” the first lady added. “Then I wanted to know the details: How did it happen? Then what? And then what happened? I was probably like every media person.”
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