Former first lady Michelle Obama says she has no desire to make a run for the White House.
Speaking at a women’s empowerment forum in Boston, Obama dismissed those pushing for her to run for the Democratic nomination in 2020.
“The reason why I don’t want to run for president… is that first of all you have to want the job. And you can’t just say, ‘you’re a woman, run,'” Obama said. “We just can’t find the women we like and ask them to do it because there are millions of women who are inclined and do have the passion for politics.”
Obama also appeared to take a jab at President Trump, who earlier in the week had referred to her husband as “cheatin’ Obama.”
“Just because I gave a good speech, I’m smart and intelligent doesn’t mean I should be the next president,” she said. “That’s been our problem. We’re very shortsighted about how we think about selecting the commander-in-chief.”
Democrats have floated Obama’s name as a challenger to Trump, an idea the former first lady has repeatedly dismissed. Also mentioned as possible Democratic contenders are Oprah Winfrey and former Vice President Joe Biden.