First lady Michelle Obama isn't looking to follow up her time in the White House with a career in politics, she said Monday in a new interview.
Obama said she's not interested in following in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton, the former first lady turned New York senator turned Democratic presidential candidate turned secretary of state.
“The answer is N-O. Period, dot," Mrs. Obama said in an interview with AARP The Magazine, on whose cover she will appear for its September/October edition.
“I think one reason Jill [Biden] and I are comfortable and happy is that we’re doing what speaks to us," the first lady said. "And 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.”
Mrs. Obama enjoys strong favorability ratings and has been a presence on the campaign trail on behalf of her husband. She's said she's ready to engage voters in the 2012 election, and has already headlined a few fundraisers.
But she's also been the target of some scrutiny from the right, which has leveled criticism toward her "Let's Move!" initiative to encourage healthier diets and more exercise among American children.
Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Biden, also declined a career in politics.
"No. We’re emphatic," she said in the interview. “There was never a desire. I never wanted to run.”