The former first lady took the stage at the 39th annual Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston where she ruled out the possibility of becoming a lady in command.
The mother-of-two told her female-based audience: ‘The reason why I don’t want to run for president, (and) I can’t speak for Oprah, but my sense is that you have to want the job,’ Obama said while sitting onstage.
‘I have never had the passion for politics… I just happen to be married to somebody who has the passion for politics.’
Obama, a Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate, added that, just because she is intelligent and female, doesn’t mean she should take on the challenge – as some have encouraged her.
‘You just can’t say… “you’re a woman! Run!,” she said. ‘And we can’t look for women like that.
‘We can’t just say, “let’s find the women we like, and then ask them to do it” because there a millions of women out here who are inclined… who do have the passion for politics.’
She further joked that Barack even had to assist her in getting to the arena for today’s seminar.
‘He drug me kicking and screaming to this arena… so, you know, just because I gave a good speech, doesn’t mean I should be the next president. That’s not how we should pick the president,’ she added, as the crowd began clapping.
Obama then concluded: ‘That’s been our problem. We’re very short-sided about how we think about selecting the commander-in-chief.
‘Over the course of the last campaign, I gave people some indication. I tried to give people some hints about what we should be looking for.’
Roughly 3,400 people were in attendance to Thursday’s convocation held at the Seaport World Trade Center.
The 39th seminar, themed ‘Disrupt the Ordinary,’ according to Simmons.edu, is meant to be a one-day professional development program. The event included speeches from other inspiring women.
Past speakers were Hillary Clinton, Diane Von Furstenberg and Diana Nyad, to name a few.