Michelle Obama says she’ll see a woman president, but it won’t be her

August 15, 2013

First lady Michelle Obama says in a new interview with Parade Magazine that a woman will likely be president in her lifetime, but it won't be her.

(Gerald Herbert/AP)
(Gerald Herbert/AP)

"Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States," she said. "That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender. It expands the scope of opportunity in their minds. And that’s where change happens."

As for a female president in her lifetime?

"Yes, I think the country is ready for it," she said. "It’s just a question of who’s the best person out there."

The first lady declined to speculate about whether that woman will be Hillary Clinton, but said plainly that it won't be Michelle Obama.

Asked whether she might take the same route as Clinton, from first lady to presidential candidate, Obama had a one-word answer: "No."

Some have suggested that the first lady might one day run for office, but she has shown little appetite for doing so, saying last year that she lacks the patience required for politics.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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