"I think this country is ready," the first lady in response to a question from ABC's Robin Roberts about when a woman should be elected to the highest office in the country.
Obama didn't call out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by name, so it was no endorsement - and she also said that qualifications matter more than gender.
"What we have learned is that the person who can do the job doesn't have a particular race or gender or background or socioeconomic status," she said. "The person who should do the job is the person who is the most qualified and I think we have some options, don't we?"
When Roberts followed up to confirm that Obama herself has no plans to get into politics, she said, "I am positive."