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America ready for female president: Michelle Obama

Last Updated: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 23:53

Washington: US first lady Michelle Obama says in remarks published on Friday that America is ready for a woman president, but would not comment on prospects for Hillary Clinton getting the job.

Obama`s comments came in an interview with Parade magazine, excerpts of which were published on its website.

Asked if she thinks the country will see a female president in her lifetime, the wife of President Barack Obama said: "Yes, I think the country is ready for it. It`s just a question of who`s the best person out there."

She declined to comment on the prospects for Clinton running to succeed Obama in 2016.

Hillary Clinton, a former US senator and secretary of state under Obama during his first term, has been vague on whether she will seek the nation`s highest office.

She left her post as the top US diplomat in February and polls released with the Democratic nominating convention still three years off say she is ahead — both in the Democratic primaries and in the theoretical general election.

Of Clinton`s prospects, Mrs Obama said, "She hasn`t announced anything, so I`m certainly not going to get ahead of her."

She added that she herself will not run for president.

Obama also said she thinks her husband`s time in office has helped ease racial prejudice in the United States.

"Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States. That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender," Obama said.


First Published: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 23:53

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