Michelle Obama reveals why she’ll never run for president during surprise talk with young girls.
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The poll numbers and approval ratings are remarkably consistent: If Michelle Obama decided to run for president, she’d have a very, very good chance of winning.

There’s just one problem: She has zero interest in running for president or any other elected office.

The former First Lady is in the middle of a book tour that is selling out stadiums and other large venues across the country. Her memoir “Becoming” has reportedly already sold upward of 2 million copies, making it the top-selling non-fiction book of 2018.


Basically, everywhere Michelle goes, she wins.

But over the weekend, she faced a surprisingly inquisitive audience that wanted to know what millions of Americans and people around the world are dying to discover -- will she run for president against Donald Trump in 2020?

Before an official appearance in New York on Saturday, Obama stopped by for a surprise visit with a small ground of young school girls and invited them to “ask me anything.”

“You can ask anything! I am ready,” she jokingly told the group of about 30 girls.

And they did.

When one of them asked why she didn’t run for president in 2016, Obama cited a few reasons, according to The New York Post, including security concerns surrounding her two daughters. But even if security wasn’t a concern, she has a much more basic, unshakeable principle to consider:

“I don’t wanna be president!” she told the students. “My path has never been politics. I just happened to marry somebody whose passion was politics. Just because he likes it doesn’t mean that I like it!”

Afterward, Obama continued to make news. During her formal book tour appearance at the nearby Barclays Center, she pushed back against the phrase “Lean in,” made famous by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg.

“And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that shit doesn’t work all the time,’” Obama reportedly said to laughs and gasps when asked about the recent trends of pushing for greater equality and respect in the workplace.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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