woman hold the Oval Office ‘as soon as possible’ — and that she
herself has no designs on it, or any other elected position. That kind
of narrows the options.
States to have a female president. Asked by ABC’s Robin Roberts at
Monday’s White House Summit on Working Families whether she foresees a
woman in the Oval Office, Mrs. Obama said “that should happen as soon
The wife of the first African-American chief executive of the U.S.
added that she believes the nation is ready to elect anyone who can do
the job of running the country, whatever their race, gender, or
“The person who should do the job is the person who’s the most
qualified. And I think we have some options, don’t we?” said Obama, in
a manner that implied she was talking about women.
The first lady herself will not be among these options. She said she
has no plans to run for office. It did not sound as if she were being
coy, either. Given that she’s shown no interest in any kind of
elective position in the past, we’d tend to believe that she will not
emulate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s career path.
After Barack leaves the White House, her next chapter “will not be
political… it will be mission-based, it will be service-focused,”
Does all this mean she’s endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016? It kind of
sounds as if that’s the case, doesn’t it?
Possibly Mrs. Obama was referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) of
Massachusetts as the female presidential option in question, but given
Mrs. Clinton’s overwhelming lead in the polls among Democrats, we
doubt it. The first lady didn’t explicitly support only a woman for
president or really give much of a thumbs-up here, but she can’t
really, given that the official presidential election process hasn’t
begun. We’re in the invisible primary stage, where candidates jockey
behind the scenes for the support of key figures.
Yes, we know, there are many reports the Clintons and the Obamas do
not really get along. But Michelle Obama will still end up endorsing
and working for Clinton if she’s the nominee, so the first lady may
already be preparing the way for that eventuality.
As for the strain of being a working mom with a husband in politics,
Mrs. Obama retold a story about showing up for a job interview at the
University of Chicago Hospital with Sasha in tow because she did not
have a babysitter.
“I thought, look, this is who I am,” Obama told Ms. Roberts.
In essence she was telling the interviewer that employers had to value
her family as well as herself. She got the job and it was a great
experience, she said. “I felt like I owed that hospital because they
were supporting me,” said Obama.