Michelle: Hillary ‘Is a Role Model for Me in So Many Ways’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | March 8, 2012 | 3:23pm EST

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(CNSNews.com) - First Lady Michelle Obama said yesterday that she considers Secretary of State Hillary Clinton her role model “in so many ways.”

Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Obama are both Ivy League educated lawyers who have served as first lady of the United States. In 2000, while still serving as first lady with her husband, Democratic President Bill Clinton, Mrs. Clinton, as her State Department biography puts it, “made history as the first first lady elected to the United States Senate, and the first woman elected statewide in New York.” In 2006, she won reelection.

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In 2008, the State Department biography says, Mrs. Clinton “began her historic campaign for president.” In that campaign, she won numerous primaries--including those in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio--before ultimately losing the Democratic nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama.

“I have to start by thanking Secretary Clinton not just for that very kind introduction, but she has been an outstanding--should I say that again?--an outstanding Secretary of State,” said Mrs. Obama.

“And she has been an inspiration to women and girls around the world,” said Mrs. Obama. “She is a role model for me in so many ways.  I don't think she realizes how what she has done has made what I am doing partially possible.  So with all the respect and admiration that I can give to her, I will be wherever she needs me to be, whenever she needs me to be there.”

Mrs. Clinton is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School. Mrs. Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Mrs. Obama was speaking at the International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the U.S. State Department.

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