Michelle Obama: I won't run for office
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour MORE on Thursday shut down calls to run for president, saying she would never run for political office.

Obama said during a speech at the American Institute of Architects' convention in Orlando, Fla., that she "wouldn't ask [her] children to do this again," according to CNN.

The speech was the former first lady's first since leaving the White House, and cameras were not permitted during the event, according to the report.


Obama said she would help the country as a private citizen rather than run for office and would continue to focus on work for young girls and women facing challenges with education, healthcare, violence and income inequality.

"It's good to get out of the house," she said about being at the event, according to CNN. "So far, so good — it hasn't been that long since we left. ... It's good to not have the weight of the world upon your shoulders."

She also told the audience that leaving the White House was difficult for her family, as it was where she had lived the longest in her entire life and it was the place where her daughters grew up.

Obama said her daughters, Malia and Sasha, had tears in their eyes as they left.

"I didn't want to have tears in my eyes for the new president," she said.

Obama and her husband have kept a relatively low profile since President Trump's inauguration in January. Both Obamas this week delivered their first public speeches since leaving the White House.