First Lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Thursday.
Both Clinton and Obama spoke before the packed crowd. Clinton paid what Obama called a ‘mini-tribute’ to the first lady and the work she has done during her time in the White House. In turn, Obama lauded Clinton as the most “qualified and prepared candidate for president” in U.S. history.
During her speech, Obama called Clinton her “friend” and praised her “generosity of spirit.”
She also addressed critics of hers who have blasted her for so actively campaigning for Clinton.
“You may have noticed that I have been doing some campaigning for Hillary,” Obama said, “and there have been some folks out there who have commented that it has been unprecedented for a sitting first lady to be actively engaged in a presidential campaign.” However, she added that her involvement was due to what she called the unprecedented nature of this election.
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The first lady also praised Clinton for being a policy wonk — “Let me tell you, when you’re president, that’s a good thing” — and said she was excited to vote for Clinton. “Hillary doesn’t play,” Obama quipped. “And yes she happens to be a woman.”