After eight years in her husband’s shadow, first lady Michelle Obama has reportedly been making plans that may not include the president.
Mrs. Obama has repeatedly shot down rumors
that she’s eyeing a Senate bid for the Illinois seat held by Republican Sen. Mark Kirk or as a replacement for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein when she leaves office.
President Obama will likely stay busy launching a global foundation and raising some $1 billion for his presidential library in Chicago, according to Ed Klein Confidential,
but Klein, a longtime political journalist, reports that a source has disclosed that Mrs. Obama and her best friend, Valerie Jarrett — who is a senior adviser to the president — "talk about their future as if they are one and the same."
"Michelle is definitely going to write a memoir," the unnamed source told Klein. "She’ll get millions for it. After the book, she and Valerie want to travel abroad — maybe make their base for a while in Spain or France.
"Valerie sees Michelle and herself sitting on the boards of a handful of corporations, giving speeches for big bucks, writing books, and living large. Michelle has had the time of her life in the White House, and she doesn’t want to step down from that luxurious Air Force One lifestyle."
In August 2014, the first lady spoke to the Los Angeles Times
about wanting to continue her advocacy for military families, noting that it’s "something I’m going to do long after we leave the White House."
And in 2012, ABC News reported
that Mrs. Obama had "made it her mission to support America's servicemen and women returning from a decade of conflict" in the Middle East.
She and second lady Jill Biden formed Joining Forces, a campaign focused on the military by connecting members of the armed forces and their spouses with the needed resources and training to find jobs and partnering with the medical community to ensure medical professionals are prepared to deal with the unique mental health issues that affect military families.
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