First lady Michelle Obama attempted to slam — and then deadbolt — the door to any possibility she may run for office after her family leaves the White House.
Asked by ABC’s Robin Roberts on Monday if she might enter politics after President Barack Obama leaves office, she said “definitely” not. Instead, she will opt to pursue something that is “service focused,” though she did not specify what.
The first lady was one of her husband’s most effective surrogates and fundraisers during his successful 2012 re-election campaign. She delivered a well-received speech at the Democratic National Convention, prompting some political onlookers to speculate she could have a political future after her husband’s term is over.
Though Michelle Obama repeated her adamant desire to avoid politics, she did seem to give a nod to another first lady who did enter into the political arena — Hillary Clinton.
When asked about the prospect of a female president, Michelle Obama said she would like to see one “as soon as possible” and that “we have some options.”
First published June 23 2014, 3:38 PM
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Prior to joining NBCNews.com, Rafferty was a campaign reporter covering the 2012 presidential election. Rafferty was on the road for both the Republican primaries and general election, providing content for both the web and television.
Rafferty began at NBC News through a fellowship at "Meet The Press."
He is from Buffalo, N.Y., and attended John Carroll University in Ohio.