“I think she is pretty much looking toward what she will do,” Hillary Clinton tells PEOPLE when asked, in an interview for this week’s new issue, about Mrs. Obama possibly having a role in the Clinton administration—if Clinton wins. Mrs. Obama “has set some goals, she wants to continue working to make sure girls get to go to school and I want to be sure we work with her on that,” Clinton says.
“So we are going to talk after the election but again I don’t want to get the cart before the horse.”
The current First Lady has been one of the former First Lady’s most passionate—and most effective—advocates on the campaign trail, thanks to a series of attention-getting speeches lauding the Democratic hopeful and condemning GOP nominee Donald Trump.
“I could not be more grateful that she has campaigned so hard for me and, starting with her speech at the Democratic [National] Convention, has really laid out in such personal compelling terms of why people need to care about this election,” the 69-year-old Clinton tells PEOPLE.
Clinton and Obama, 52, campaigned together for the first time last week in Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, delivering back-to-back speeches singing each other’s praises.
“First Ladies rock!” said Obama, referring to Clinton as “my girl.”
“I think she is amazing … she’s done such an incredible job on all levels and I know how hard this job is…it turns into a very demanding responsibility,” Clinton said of Obama’s eight-year tenure as First Lady. “And let’s be real. As our first African-American First Lady, she’s faced pressures I never did, and she’s handled them with pure grace.”
“By any standard, she has been an outstanding First Lady who has made us all so proud,” Clinton continued on stage. “And she and the President have been such wonderful friends to me and my family. It’s meant the world to me. It really has.”
- REPORTING by SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL