The White House has every amenity a woman could wish for, including a chef-equipped kitchen, home gym, a flower shop and even a dental office. But sometimes, First Lady Michelle Obama told a group of children during a Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day event, she fantasizes about slipping out the front door to do whatever her heart desires.
“It’s hard to sneak around and do what you want. I’ve done it a couple of times,” she said during a question-and-answer session with a group of children. “But you know, one fantasy I have — and the Secret Service, they keep looking at me because they think I might actually do it — is to walk out the front door and just keep walking. Just go right over there and into some shops, and stop and have some ice cream and — yeah, go shopping.”
The one thing she would change about being first lady, Obama said, would be the ability to “sneak around a little bit more” and to “just up and decide … I’m going to walk to Georgetown.”
But she also acknowledged how hard the Secret Service officers work to protect her and thanked them for their hard work. She also said the thing she loves best about her job is spending time with young people, helping kids develop healthier lifestyles and working with military families.
When asked what the future holds, Obama said she’s not sure whether the first family will go back to their old lives in Chicago when President Obama leaves office, although they still maintain a home there.
“There’s a lot that’s going to be going on,” Obama said, noting that Malia and Sasha are still in school and one day will be headed off to college. “I’m not sure whether the old life will be there.”
She is certain, however, that she “absolutely” won’t be running for president.
“One of the things you learn about yourself as you get older are what are your strengths and what are your interests. And for me it’s other stuff that is not being the president,” Obama said.
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(Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)