Michelle Obama rules out running for president to ‘make room’ for next ...

Michelle Obama has said she will not run for president at any point in the future.

The former First Lady said she wanted to 'make room' for younger generations who she and husband former President Barack Obama hope to 'empower'. 

She made the surprise announcement while speaking to a sell-out crowd at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX.

'Nope, nope, nope': Michelle Obama rules out running for president after receiving an audience question about 'what she saw herself doing in 10 years'. She responded saying she wanted to empower the 'next generation' with her husband Barack Obama

'Nope, nope, nope': Michelle Obama rules out running for president after receiving an audience question about 'what she saw herself doing in 10 years'. She responded saying she wanted to empower the 'next generation' with her husband Barack Obama

Obama is currently on a promotional tour across the United States for her book 'Becoming' which recounts her childhood and time in the White House.

The autobiography sold 1.4 million copies in its first week, and went on to become the best-selling book of 2018.

Answering online questions at the event on Thursday, an Twitter fan asked what she thought she'd be doing ten years from now.

Someone in the hall's audience shouted that she would run for president, according to KXAN.

Obama shook her head and replied, 'Nope, nope, nope'.

'It's not us occupying the same seats, it's making room,' she said, before going on to describe how she would work with her husband to empower the 'next generation of leaders'.

Although the former First Lady had repeatedly denied that she had any political ambitions, highly placed Washington insiders believed Mrs Obama’s sky-high approval ratings would prompt senior Democrats to urge her to reconsider. 

Polls also regularly rate her more popular than Donald

It was thought she'd make a similar run for President to her husband, whose rise to become America’s first black President began in 2006 with the publication of his book The Audacity Of Hope. 

It's popularity was followed the next year by his decision to run for the White House.  

The former US First Lady is on a promotional tour for her book 'Becoming' which takes in dozens of US cities before coming to Europe in April

The former US First Lady is on a

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