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Michelle Obama Says Her Husband’s Presidency Was Like Having ‘The Good Parent’ At Home

She also discussed her political future.

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Speaking at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston on Thursday, April 5, former first lady Michelle Obama used a parenting metaphor to compare her husband’s time in the oval office to Donald Trump’s.

She said that when Barack Obama was in the White House it “was like having the ‘good parent’ at home. The responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time,” she said. “And now we have the other parent,” Obama added. “We thought it’d feel fun, maybe it feels fun for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late and not follow the rules.”

During the nearly 90-minute conversation she also gave her opinion on Hillary Clinton. She was the “the best-qualified candidate,” Obama said. “She wasn’t perfect, but she was way more perfect than many of the alternatives.”

Although Michelle Obama left the White House with very high favorability ratings, she has no interest in running for president. “The reason why I don’t want to run for president — I can’t speak for Oprah, but my sense is that first of all, you have to want the job,” Obama said at the forum.

She also admitted that she has never had the “passion for politics” and she was merely being supportive of her husband. “I just happened to be married to somebody who has the passion for politics, and he dragged me kicking and screaming into this arena,” she said.

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