As the Obamas are preparing to move out of the White House on Friday, Michelle Obama has been refreshingly quiet this week. However, the reason why she’s been silent is anything but comforting to the millions of us who can’t stand her…
The Washington Post reported that Michelle and her team are currently hard at work laying the groundwork for what they intend to be a busier schedule than is typical for a former First Lady. Michelle has said she wants to remain in the public eye with her advocacy work, and after a short break, she plans to begin working with a small staff that will move into office space in Washington.
This staff is set to be led by Melissa Winter, who has been Michelle’s deputy chief of staff ever since Barack Obama took office. In fact, Winter was Michelle’s first hire during her husband’s 2007 campaign.
“Mel has been by my side from Day One. There is truly no one I trust more completely to make order out of chaos and take an idea from inception to execution,” Michelle said in an email. “For the past decade, she has been one of my most trusted advisors and dearest friends.”
Winter spoke out to say that Michelle has many options with what she chooses to do next.
“Right now it is an empty plate,” Winter said. “I really think the most important thing is to give her time to breathe and get acclimated to being a private citizen again, knowing that she doesn’t have to tell people where she’s going to go, and we don’t have to put out an advisory if she’s going to go walk around a museum.”
She added that after that, “we have space, [and] an idea of the size of the staff” that Michelle will need. “Because she’s not the president, we don’t feel the same sense of urgency” to be up and running as soon as the Obamas leave the White House.
We’re saddened that Michelle won’t be going back to whatever hole she came from after she leaves the White House.
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