‘There’s No Choice’: Michelle Obama Explains Why She Stepped Back Into Politics

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Former first lady Michelle Obama stepped back into the political spotlight this year with a campaign to encourage voting and voter registration called When We All Vote. Obama said on the “Today Show” on Wednesday that she felt like she couldn’t back down after stepping out of her first lady roll.

“I chose to engage because there’s no choice,” she said.

“Change is hard and it takes time and we are planting seeds every day. And the alternative is to do nothing, to say nothing, to sit back and watch things go unchanged. But with every statement we make with every act, with every dollar we spend on this issue, we are moving the needle. And that’s what we have to do, we have to move it slowly but surely. And I’m certainly gonna play my part.”

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Obama’s part, however, will stay on the side of activism and fundraising as the former first lady said that she has no interest in becoming a politician.

“Absolutely not,” Obama replied when she was asked if she would ever run for office.

“I’ve never wanted to be a politician, and it’s one of those things that nothing has changed in me where I want to run for elected office. I want to serve, I want to do work, I want to be out there, but there’s so many ways to make an impact and politics is not my thing, it is as simple as that.”

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In her interview Wednesday morning, Obama reflected on the current state of politics and the division and partisanship that has strayed away from her “when they go low, we go high” motto she coined at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Specifically, the former first lady was asked about the recent statements made by former attorney general Eric Holder and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, both of which stirred controversy.

Obama said her thoughts on the statements are based on her role as a mother.

“If you think about how you want your kids to be raised, how you want to think about life and their opportunities, do you want them afraid of their neighbors? Do you want them angry, do you want them vengeful? … I have to think about that as a mother, as someone who’s a role model to young girls, we want them to grow up with promise and hope, and we can’t model something different if we want them to be better than that.”

Obama’s appearance on the “Today Show” Wednesday was to promote her new initiative through through Obama Foundation, the Global Girls Alliance, which supports creating education opportunities for girls in impoverished countries.

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  1. I wonder if anyone asked Moochelle if she fell that way when Barry challenged his flock to get in his opponents faces or when they bring a knife they should bring a gun? Probably not from thes Nerf Ball tossing media zombies.

  2. She should step into a meat grinder. God, has IJR changed. It’s absolutely, positively, no doubt about it, 100 times worse than it was before. They laid off a bunch a people about a year ago. I give this site 1 year max in it will be in the shitter where it belongs.

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