Monday 18 December 2017

Michelle Obama breaks into song and rules out presidential bid

First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the panel discussion (AP)
First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the panel discussion (AP)

Michelle Obama showed off her vocal chops at the South by Southwest music festival but drew 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 bands and technology, sitting with Grammy winners Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott to talk about girls' education and empowerment.

Ms 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.

Ms Obama said she will 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 crowd. 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," she 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 the festival in its 30-year history.

Ms Obama promoted her Let Girls Learn initiative, which encourages world leaders to provide education opportunities to an estimated 62 million girls who do not attend school.

Press Association

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