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Bombshell Announcement! Will Michelle Obama Run For President??

First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, during a Joining Forces initiative event to announce "The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness" program. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Speaking to a packed house at the annual South by Southwest Music Festival, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that she had no plans to run for president after her husband leaves the White House.

Mrs. Obama’s speech comes less than a week after the President spoke at the liberal festival rather than attend the funeral for former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

From The Washington Post:

Michelle Obama showed off her vocal chops at the South by Southwest Music Festival but drew a round of disappointed sighs when she told the crowd she has no plans to run for president.

The first lady made her debut at the Austin showcase of buzzworthy bands and technology on Wednesday, sitting with Grammy winners Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott to talk about girls’ education and empowerment.

But Mrs. Obama broke into song when reflecting on seven years in the White House. She said “time is almost up” before softly singing some of the Boyz II Men hit “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”

Mrs. Obama says she’ll most miss interacting with people as first lady — but says she has no presidential aspirations of her own.

“No, no. Not going to do it,” she told the packed convention center crowd in liberal Austin.

She mentioned her teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha, as two of the main reasons.

“The daughters of a president. Just think about it. Come on, young people. Not so easy,” Mrs. Obama said. “They’ve handled it with grace and with poise, but enough. Enough.”

President Barack Obama opened the festival last week with a talk about civic engagement, becoming the first sitting president to attend SXSW in the festival’s 30-year history. He weighed in on Apple’s legal fight against the federal government over encryption, and told a crowd of tech enthusiasts that Republican lawmakers in Texas aren’t interested in making voting easier.

Mrs. Obama steered clear of hot-button topics. She instead promoted her “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which encourages world leaders to provide education opportunities to an estimated 62 million girls globally who do not attend school.

She also says she won’t disappear from public view or slow down once she leaves the White House next year.

“Sometimes there’s much more you can do outside the White House without the constraints, the lights and the cameras, and the partisanship,” Mrs. Obama said. “There’s a potential that my voice can be heard by people who can’t hear me now because I’m Michelle Obama, the first lady. I want to be able to impact as many people as possible in an unbiased way to try to keep reaching people. I think I can do that just as well by not being president of the United States.”

Here’s a video of Obama’s speech:

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