- The Washington Times - Friday, April 28, 2017

Former first lady Michelle Obama told a Florida crowd Thursday that she won’t run for office because of the toll it takes on the family.

“It’s all well and good until you start running, and then the knives come out,” Mrs. Obama said at the American Institute of Architects convention in Orlando in her first speech since leaving the White House, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

“Politics is tough, and it’s hard on a family,” she said. “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.”

The former first lady, a Harvard Law School graduate, said she can be much more useful outside of office and not weighed down by “political baggage.”

“One issue that I am excited about continuing to work on is … to help young girls get an education around the world,” Mrs. Obama said, citing the Let Girls Learn initiative she launched in 2015, the Sentinel reported.

“Barack and I have been in public service our whole lives,” she said. “Public service will always be in our blood.”

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