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Michelle Obama "Definitely" Not Entering Politics

First Lady says she'll likely do something "service related" after leaving White House



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    WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participates in the White House Summit On Working Families at the Omni Shoreham hotel June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Organized by the White House, the Labor Department and the Center for American Progress, the summit explored ideas like paid sick, maternity leave and universal preschool. President Obama on Monday ordered federal departments and agencies "to expand flexible workplace policies to the maximum extent possible," with an eye toward improving flexibility for parents.

    First Lady Michelle Obama is officially on the record regarding rumored political plans after she leaves the White House.

    Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts Monday that she "definitely" will not enter politics after President Barack Obama's second term.

    Recent speculation suggested that Michelle Obama was mulling a run for Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's seat in 2016, and a 2012 poll showed her beating the incumbent in a head-to-head matchup.

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    Obama told Roberts that she'd likely pursue something “service-focused” beyond 2016, and also gave a nod to Hillary Clinton by saying she'd like to see the first female president “as soon as possible.”