Former First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Orlando, her first post-White House speaking engagement since her husband, President Barack Obama, left office in 2016.
Speaking as part of the American Institute of Architects’ annual conference at the Orange County Convention Center on Thursday, Obama seemed to rule out running for office in the future, and spoke about adjusting to life after the White House.
“It’s all well and good until you start running, and then the knives come out,” she said. “Politics is tough, and it’s hard on a family … I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again because, when you run for higher office, it’s not just you, it’s your whole family.”
“Plus,” she added, “there’s just so much more we can do outside of the office, because we won’t have the burden of political baggage.”
She also touched on her work with the Let Girls Learn initiative she launched as first lady in 2015.
“One issue that I am excited about continuing to work on is … to help young girls get an education around the world,” she said.
The former first lady did not touch on former President Donald Trump’s time in office, except to comment on Trump’s lack of media attention since d