In an interview Monday at the Working Families Summit in Washington, Michelle Obama slammed one door shut for herself while holding the door wide open for other women, perhaps even one in particular.

Asked by Robin Roberts of ABC when the United States should elect a female president, the first lady said, “That should happen as soon as possible.

“And I think this country is ready,” said Mrs. Obama, 50. “This country is ready for anyone who can do the job. And what we have learned is that the person who can do the job doesn’t have a particular race or gender or background or socio-economic status. The person who should do the job is the person who is the most qualified.”

She added with a wry smile, “And I think we have some options, don’t we?”

Although Mrs. Obama did not mention specific names, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is widely viewed as the woman with the strongest possibility of becoming the first female president of the United States.

Roberts pressed Mrs. Obama on her own plans, asking, “Are you certain you’re not getting into politics, because that answer was really good?”

“I am posiTIVE!” the first lady replied.

This is one of the most direct statements a first lady has made about a female president for the United States.

Do you think the first lady should be advocating for a female president?