Michelle Obama not speculating on a Hillary Clinton run
August 16th, 2013
08:44 AM ET
12 months ago

Michelle Obama not speculating on a Hillary Clinton run

(CNN) – A woman will be president in her lifetime, first lady Michelle Obama speculated in an interview this week, though she wouldn't offer a prediction on whether that woman would be Hillary Clinton.

"She hasn't announced anything, so I'm certainly not going to get ahead of her," the first lady said, laughing, in an interview for Sunday's edition of Parade Magazine.

The country, she added, was "ready" for a woman commander-in-chief, but, "It's just a question of who's the best person out there."

One woman who definitely will not be the first female president? Michelle Obama.

Asked if she'll ever run for office herself, the answer was a simple, "No."

Clinton made history in 2008 by receiving more votes in the presidential primaries than any previous woman, though she eventually lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama.

In the interview, Obama described how her husband's election altered Americans' sense of who could become president.

"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."

And while she will never run for office, she did detail one small way her life in the public eye had changed her life.

Asked why she ditched the bangs that caused such a stir earlier this year, Michelle Obama said, "You know, it's hard to make speeches with hair in your face!"


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. M.A.P.

    OK, seriously CNN, this should stop now! I want Hilary to run too! I want her to win! But this constant news speculation day after day, REALLY!? It's speculation and I question whether it really helps her cause or if people will just get annoyed with you all talking about it all the time. Let the woman prepare and decide for herself!! If the people want her to run, she will.

    August 16, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. kirk

    Boy don't I know it!

    August 16, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Best of luck to you whatever you do Mrs. Obama! You are a wonderful woman, mother, wife and a beautiful First Lady!

    August 16, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Data Driven

    Mrs. Obama may not be speculating, but CNN is.

    It's getting tiresome.

    August 16, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    How about a new rule: no speculation about who is running for what in 2016 until after the 2014 election! Please?

    August 16, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. Steveo

    @Data Driven

    Mrs. Obama may not be speculating, but CNN is.

    It's getting tiresome.
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    Speculation and bad news sells! Without it, this blog would be lonely!

    August 16, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. kirk

    Well you can certainly tell who watches fox news

    August 16, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Wake up People!

    The fact is, the only person that can make that decision is Hillary herself. I'm getting sick of the speculating also. Maybe that's their intent.....

    August 16, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Data Driven

    @Steveo,

    If this blog reported STRICTLY on actual political news that has happened and is happening, a lot of trolls would leave, at the very least. Uploads like this are strictly designed to bring clicks from trolls.

    August 16, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm guessing the only way to keep fueling the Christie / Paul feud is to throw in an occasional Hillary article ... yes, CNN? Considering neither Chris Christie nor Rand Paul seem to have a job (working for their constituents) which SHOULD keep them out of the presidential wannabee spotlight this early in the game, their constant (presidential campaign) camera time is a valuable asset ... to them anyway.

    Christie and Paul both remind me of Sarah Palin. Any media coverage is better than no media coverage. Their egos wouldn't have it any other way.

    And, oh yeah, least we forget: Hillary speculation brings in money for the other side.

    August 16, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Richard Long

    Bill and Hillary blatantly insulted Barack by calling him an 'amateur'. The Obama's need to strike back by having the IRS end the Hillary For President PAC's tax exempt status.

    August 16, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. S.B. Stein

    I wonder if anyone asked if she could see either of her daughters running for president?

    August 16, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Steveo

    @Data Driven

    @Steveo,

    If this blog reported STRICTLY on actual political news that has happened and is happening, a lot of trolls would leave, at the very least. Uploads like this are strictly designed to bring clicks from trolls.
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    Yep!

    August 16, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. YUCK

    Bless all the lonely moms living in the struggle.

    August 16, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Steveo

    @bill pike

    how about the NAACP wanting to investigate a clown for putting on a clown's face–you know, the one in DC who said Libya was because of a video??? IRS???? fast and furious???? spending millions for vacations???? aid to Egypt when it was a military take over but doesn't call it that so his muslim brother hoods can get billions??? the real clown is alive and well in DC. As a vet I am ashamed of this admin-makes Nixon look like a sunday school teacher.
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    What the clown did was ridiculous but I am awaiting the NAACP to say something about those three who beat up that one kid on a Florida school bus. Is the reason for the silence is because the victim was the wrong skin color?

    August 16, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. kirk

    Bill, feel free to leave at any time

    August 16, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. enuff

    Why would she?

    August 16, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. kirk

    Bill, shat I'd different? We have been giving aid for decades.nothing new here but your pov and your welcome to it.hows the koolaid?

    August 16, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. ED1

    You and your husband can leave anytime but we all know your family have it made at our expense and you don't care.

    August 16, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Joi Gibson

    The First Lady is awesome.

    August 16, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Wake up People!

    Sorry Ed1, got 3 years so get used to it!!!

    August 16, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Joi Gibson

    @Steveo
    What the clown did was ridiculous but I am awaiting the NAACP to say something about those three who beat up that one kid on a Florida school bus. Is the reason for the silence is because the victim was the wrong skin color?
    August 16, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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    When you are right, you are right. That clown stunt was beyond ridiculous and what those kids did was abhorrent. We as a people should loudly condemn that type of behavior. I do.

    August 16, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. M.A.P.

    Fast and the Furious was never proven, just a conspiracy theory that goes nowhere, the whole banghazi issue is ridiculous. How is Obama responsable for what a few terrorist do in Libya? Why is it a "scandal" that they assumed it was related to the anti islam movie? There were mass protests across the muslim world so you could understand how they would think that. This is the context in which Hilary said "what difference does it make?" she wasn't saying in in relation to the deaths of the US personal, she was saying what difference does it make it they did it because of the anti islam movie or because they just hate america genereally. That makes sense to me – it makes no difference why they did it! They did it and should be caught and punished!

    August 16, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Steveo

    @Joi Gibson

    @Steveo
    What the clown did was ridiculous but I am awaiting the NAACP to say something about those three who beat up that one kid on a Florida school bus. Is the reason for the silence is because the victim was the wrong skin color?
    August 16, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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    When you are right, you are right. That clown stunt was beyond ridiculous and what those kids did was abhorrent. We as a people should loudly condemn that type of behavior. I do.
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    I do as well and I am beyond ticked off that certain organizations only involve themselves based upon the skin tone of the victim! I am a little tired of them all!

    August 16, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Data Driven

    @M.A.P.,

    "what difference does it make"

    Context is anathema to wingers. "What difference does it make" will be Clinton's "You didn't build that". The good news is that this attack will probably be equally ineffectual.

    August 16, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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