Michelle Obama: Former US first lady says she is ‘moving towards retirement’
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama has said she is “moving towards retirement right now” and being selective with the projects she takes on.
Speaking to People magazine, Mrs Obama said she and her husband were build up their foundation “so we will retire and be with each other”.
Since leaving the White House both have remained in political life, including campaigning for President Joe Biden.
There has also been speculation Mrs Obama would herself run office.
In the new interview, she exposes about her family’s experience during the pandemic – including that of their daughters, 19 and 22, moving home from university.
“Our girls were alleged to have emptied out of my nest,” she said. “I was kind of celebrating that they were out building their lives and allowing me the emotional space to allow them to go. Well, they’re back!
“This time has allowed us to urge some stolen moments back with our girls,” she added, before revealing she had haunted swimming and taught herself to knit to pass time.
‘Still work to be done’ after Trump
The former first lady, 57, also spoke further about comments she made last year about how she was affected by “low-grade depression”.
“That was during a time when tons of hard stuff was happening ,” she said. “We had the continued killing of black men at the hands of police. Just seeing the video of George Floyd, experiencing that eight minutes. That’s tons to require on, to not mention being within the middle of a quarantine. Depression is understandable during these times.”
Asked about former President Donald Trump’s election defeat, Mrs Obama said: “We breathe for a flash , but there’s still work to be done.
“That’s why Barack and that i are focused on developing subsequent generation of leaders through the Obama Foundation… in order that annually we step further out of the spotlight and make space for them.”
She said that she had told her daughters that she was “moving towards retirement” and “chasing summer”.
“Barack and that i never want to experience winter again,” she said. “We’re building the inspiration for somebody else to continue the work so we will retire and be with one another – and Barack can golf an excessive amount of , and that i can tease him about golfing an excessive amount of because he’s got nothing else to try to to .”
The Obama Foundation’s website says it wants to “inspire, empower, and connect people” to vary the planet . It encompasses variety of fellowship and leadership projects, also as a project to create the Obama Presidential Centre on Chicago’s side .
The couple have also been involved during a number of other projects since leaving office, including each writing memoirs and embarking on a podcast affect Spotify.
Mrs Obama is additionally set to star alongside puppets in an upcoming Netflix show that aims to show children about home cooking.
During her time within the White House, the previous first lady led a health campaign around improving child health.