How can you not love this lady?
On whether she knew Obama would be president when she met him:
“Absolutely not. No, I’m just kidding…. I knew he was a special person. And it had nothing to do with his education. It had nothing to do with his potential. And I say this to young women: Don’t check off—there are a lot of women who have the boxes. Did he go to the right school? What is his income?”It was none of that. It was how he felt about his mother; the love that he felt for his mother; his relationship to women; his work ethic … he wasn’t impressed with himself. And he was funny. And we joked a lot. And he loved his little sister … he was a community organizer. I really respected that.
“It was those kind of values that made me think you don’t meet people like that often. And when you couple that with talent, and he’s cute—you know, I always thought he would be useful. But I had no idea he would be president. I didn’t think he was going to be president until the night we were standing on the stage and he actually won. I was like, ‘gosh, look, you won.’ “
On what she and Obama tell their daughters to help them achieve their goals:
“Read, write, read, read. If the president were here–one of his greatest strengths is reading. That’s one of the reasons why he’s a good communicator, why he’s such a good writer. He’s a voracious reader. So we’re trying to get our girls, no matter what, to just be–to love reading and to challenge themselves with what they read, and not just read the gossip books but to push themselves beyond and do things that maybe they wouldn’t do.
On whether the U.S. was ready for a woman president:
“I think we’re there. I think that the United States, I think many countries around the world are ready. So now the challenge is our preparation as women and our desire and willingness to step up and grab that ring, because we’re at a time when so many people just want good leadership….
“Hillary Clinton is a fabulous leader. My husband had a formidable opponent in her in the primaries. She is a phenomenal secretary of State. We have examples of outstanding women like her in leadership all over the world.
Gon’ ‘head Chelly O! Talk that talk!