That's got many people wondering: What will she do with them?
Take on a new cause? Travel more? Trace the path of another first lady and keep the Obama political brand alive by running for office?
The answers are to be determined. The first lady is trying to figure out what comes next for her.
A spokeswoman says Mrs. Obama will press ahead with her well-publicized efforts to reduce childhood obesity and rally the country around its men and women in uniform. Both issues took a back seat during the presidential campaign, so look for her to bring new attention to them.
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