Many commentators have said what a fantastic president the First Lady Michelle Obama would be after seeing her in action as an orator.
But, Mrs Obama has said she is ready to leave the White House and get on with the rest of her life.
Looking the epitome of class and elegance in a photo shoot for Vogue as her family prepares to leave their home of eight years, she told the magazine that she believed it was time to move on.
She said: “I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough. Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power. The nature of living in the White House is isolating.”
However, Mrs Obama said that she and her husband Barack had managed to have a normal life to an extent because of their daughters Malia, now 18, and Sasha, 15.She said that she longed to be able to run every day errands.
Mrs Obama said it could be difficult to appreciate the day-to-day struggles which everyone feels and that it was vital for those in power to keep their finger on the pulse.
The outgoing First Lady was not able to reveal what will happen in the New Year when she leaves the White House. However, she said she wanted to continue being in public service.
“I’ve always felt very alive using my gifts and talents to help other people,” she said. “I sleep better at night, I’m happier.”
In an email sent to Vogue to accompany his wife’s interview, President Obama said that Michelle never asked to be First Lady, but that she was a brilliant one.
He said: “Like a lot of political spouses, the role was thrust upon her. But I always knew she’d be incredible at it, and put her own unique stamp on he job. That’s because who you see is who she is — the brilliant, funny, generous woman who, for whatever reason, agreed to marry me.
“I think people gravitate to her because they see themselves in her— a dedicated mom, a good friend, and someone who’s not afraid to poke a little fun at herself from time to time.”
Since that interview was carried out, Mrs Obama has met with her successor, Melania Trump. Because press were barred from the meeting, it is not clear what advice she passed on, although President-elect Donald Trump later tweeted that Melania had “liked Mrs O – a lot”.