WASHINGTON (AFP) - US First Lady Michelle Obama said in remarks published on Friday that America is ready for a woman president, but would not comment on prospects for Mrs Hillary Clinton getting the job.
The First Lady'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, she 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 Mrs Clinton running to succeed Mr Barack Obama in 2016.
Mrs Clinton, a former US senator and Secretary of State under Mr 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 Mrs 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.
She 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," she said.