Michelle Obama Picks Campaign Trail Over Career Track

Candidate's wife is no stay-at-home mom
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2007 8:49 AM CDT
Michelle Obama Picks Campaign Trail Over Career Track
Presidential hopeful US Senator Barack Obama, accompanied by...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Michelle Obama is putting her career on hold for her husband's campaign. The Princeton- and Harvard-educated lawyer has been phasing out her work as a vice president at the University of Chicago Hospitals and will be unemployed for the first time in her adult life. "It's a bit disconcerting," says Obama, 43. "But it's not like I'll be bored."

Michelle Obama and the couple's 5- and 8-year-old daughters will likely assume a higher campaign profile in the future. And Obama tells the Washington Post that she hasn't yet decided whether she would return to the workforce if her husband is elected. "I might be so tired I won't want to talk to anybody after 2008," she says. (Read more Michelle Obama stories.)

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