In response to rumors that she might run for office in 2020, Obama said she had no intention to follow in her husband's footsteps, adding that America must first unite rather than seek a miracle candidate to become its savior.
"It doesn't matter who runs [until the US becomes unified]," she told an audience of 5000 at the United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles, California.
"When I hear people say, 'you run,' it's part of the problem. We still didn't get 'yes we can' right," she said, referencing two-term US President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign slogan. "It's not 'yes you can,' it's 'yes we can.'"
Twitter reacted differently to Michelle's unwillingness to live up to the expectations of her supporters. Some thanked the Christian Jesus and listed everything they believed she did wrong during her husband's presidency.
@MichelleObama can take credit, also, with her husband for all but destroying race relations in the U.S.. This country made so many broad steps for America, then, BAM! the Obamas spread their hypocrisy, racism, and hate.— Joelle Kay (@Pinkjosefina) 6 мая 2018 г.
Michelle Obama says she's not running for office https://t.co/ErOKpwVPnI This woman destroyed the school lunch program for crying out loud, this is not a qualifier for running the Country. Race relations improved quite a bit, and 8 years of Obama destroyed it! #Shameful— A-Clear-View (@AClearView4) 6 мая 2018 г.
Michelle Obama Says She WON'T Run For President In 2020— Reload Depot 🇺🇸 (@ReloadDepot) 6 мая 2018 г.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for NOT running! Who need another 8 years of the lowest GDP growth in the history of the US!!!!https://t.co/1x9tLN1Th7
— @jacquieanneconnor (@MyInfo71205835) 6 мая 2018 г.
She's right about that….they would both be "Death to America", and so would any Demwit Socialist if they ever get elected.— Kat for Trump 🇺🇸 (@Etherkat) 6 мая 2018 г.
— NOBODY (@crowcall1966) 6 мая 2018 г.
Others expressed their disappointment over Michelle's decision.
Not to be dramatic but if Michelle Obama doesn't run for president, I will cut a bitch— mar™ (@thedeathofmars) 5 мая 2018 г.
— HPFan64 (@SAGirl64) 3 мая 2018 г.
— carolyn parrish (@carolynhparrish) 6 мая 2018 г.
According to the former first lady, what can really bring change is a renewed interest in politics by people across the country. She pointedly called America's search for a unifying president a "distraction."
"We don't wait for the one person to save us. We voted for Barack Obama and he didn't end racism," she said.
At a women's empowerment forum Earlier in April in Boston, Massachusetts, Obama said she believed the job should be taken by someone who genuinely wants it.
"We can't just say let's find the women we like and ask them to do it, because there are a million women who are inclined and who do have the passion for politics."