After eight years as first lady, what Michelle Obamadoes next will be one of the most talked-aboutquestions when the Obamas leave the White House.
She'll have a variety of options after being a high-profile advocate against childhood obesity, asought-after talk-show guest, a Democratic powerplayer and a fashion maven.
Just as the first lady's role is undefined, with each woman molding it to her personality,interests and comfort level, there is no script for what comes after the first lady finishes thejob.
The widowed Jacqueline Kennedy remarried and became a New York book editor. Laura Bushcontinues her advocacy for literacy and women in Afghanistan. Hillary Clinton launched herpolitical career with her bid for the U.S. Senate, even before her family left the White House.
Here's a look at what Mrs. Obama is likely to do, when at 53 years old she returns to "private"life on Jan. 20.
Rest And Rest
President Barack Obama says he's taking his wife on a "really nice vacation, because shedeserves it. She's been putting up with me for quite some time." (Twenty-four years ofmarriage, to be exact.)
Write A Memoir
Practically all first ladies do. Book publishers would offer millions for the rights to Mrs. Obama'sinsider account as the first black woman in the role and as someone who has said little publiclyabout her private life in the White House.
Clinton got an $8 million advance for her 2003 memoir, "Living History."
Set Up Her Family's New Home
Breaking from post-presidential tradition, the Obamas plan to stay in Washington so their 15-year-old daughter, Sasha, can finish high school.
Presidents usually leave Washington when they leave office, but the Obamas are renting a homein the wealthy Kalorama neighborhood. The Obamas also still own a home in Chicago.
Stick With Her Initiatives
Mrs. Obama has said she'll stay engaged in public service and will keep working on the issuesshe focused on during her tenure. They included childhood obesity and education for girlsaround the world.
"I've always felt very alive using my gifts and talents to help other people. I sleep better atnight. I'm happier," she told Vogue for an interview in the fashion magazine's Decemberissue."
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