Michelle Obama: Woman president should happen ASAP
June 23rd, 2014
08:26 PM ET
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Michelle Obama: Woman president should happen ASAP

(CNN) - Michelle Obama said Monday she's "definitely" not jumping into politics, but suggested the United States might not be too far away from having its first woman commander in chief.

Asked at the Washington event if she would consider a political career once her husband leaves the White House in 2017, Mrs. Obama gave a flat no.

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But, she said, a woman president "should happen as soon as possible."

"And I think this country is ready," she added.

"The person who should do the job is the person who's the most qualified. And we have some options, don't we?" she said, stoking further speculation that Hillary Clinton could fill the role if she decides to run.

Mrs. Obama, the self-proclaimed "mom-in-chief," also said at a summit focused on work-family policies that she doesn't care what kind of job her teenage daughters get - just as long as it pays.

Mrs. Obama was asked by ABC's Robin Roberts at the event to expand on comments she and President Barack Obama made in a recent interview that their daughters Sasha and Malia should know the experience of working a minimum-wage job.

The first lady said she doesn't care what kind of job they get, "just a job that pays them."

"It really doesn't matter what it is," she continued. "I think the whole point is that they learn how to roll up their sleeves and work hard and understand what the vast majority of folks in this country have to do to earn a living and that it's not glamorous and that it's not fun all the time."

Obama recalls own family's struggle with work-life balance in vow to help working families

In an interview with Parade Magazine released last week, the first lady said she worked at a bindery while in high school and the President said he scooped ice cream and worked as a waiter at an assisted living facility.

Those experiences, they’ve said, shaped their understanding of hard work and is something they’d like their daughters to get a taste of.

The summit focused on employee policies that best help working families.

Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Michelle Obama • Minimum wage • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Jim

    I fully agree a qualified woman could and some day will be in the White House, but that woman is not Hillary Clinton. There are far better canidates out there and I hope one day a qualified woman runs and wins.

    June 24, 2014 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  2. Matt

    Why? Is this person more qualified? Or just to have a woman president just to say we have a woman president. Or would she really be a true leader, who pulls us together. One who leads by example. I sincerely hope she's not talking about the out of touch, rich lady, who thinks flying around to other countrys in and if itself somehow makes you qualified Hillary Clinton. Then you don't have my vote. I always vote for who I believe best represents me, and has the best interest of our country. Im not voting for a woman just because a TV channel thinks it's neat or it says I should for it's own gain. And Mrs. Clinton, that's the difference it makes!

    June 24, 2014 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  3. The don

    Forget the qualified candidate just vote for a woman.....any woman says the emperor's wife.

    June 24, 2014 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  4. MMECitizen

    so Ms O thinks a woman prez is needed ASAP....Apparently even she thinks America needs a change from O. Let's see, how about Condie Rice or Mia Love.....

    June 24, 2014 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  5. George

    Sure, any woman will do. Obama proved that you don't need any qualifications to be president.

    June 24, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  6. jpmichigan

    please one incompetent Obama in the Oval Office is more than this country can handle.

    June 24, 2014 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
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