Former First Lady Michelle Obama cares deeply about education and children’s health, but more importantly, her children’s well being hangs near and dear to her heart.

The Orlando Sentinel reports during her first public speaking engagement since former President Barack Obama left office in January, Mrs. Obama explained again why she will continue to reform her passions without a career in politics. “It’s all well and good until you start running, and then the knives come out,” she said at the American Institute of Artist’s annual conference in Orlando. “Politics is tough, and it’s hard on a family.”

Malia and Sasha Obama grew up before our eyes during the family’s time in the White House and were subjected to unwanted criticism from political pundits and their followers. Sasha and Malia now live “normal” lives and Obama wants to keep it that way. “I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again because, when you run for higher office, it’s not just you, it’s your whole family.” she added.

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