Hillary Clinton slotted into the role of first lady as wife of former President Bill Clinton, but now she’s passing some first landmarks of her own.
She is the first female candidate to win a presidential primary election – not in this campaign but back in New Hampshire in 2008.
In that rehearsal for this year’s campaign, Clinton won 22 states against President-to-be Barack Obama.
This week she made history again as the first woman to win likely to win the Democratic party presidential nomination and will go on to face Republican rival Donald Trump in what is expected to be a tough and hotly contested battle for the White House.
If she takes the chair in the Oval Office, she will be the first woman president of the United States of America and takes the presumptive title as the leader of the free world.
Obama calms rift
First she and the Democrats have to deal with her opponent Bernie Sanders who is refusing to take defeat lying down.
President Obama has tried to calm the rift between Sanders and Clinton with a call for the Democrats to unite behind their candidate.
The president did not endorse Clinton and also pointedly did not ask Sanders to back down.
Obama is due to meet Sanders in Washington soon – and his official endorsement of Clinton is expected to follow that meeting.
Sanders has pledged to keep on fighting until the result of the final primary is in for the District of Columbia. Clinton already has enough backing to win the presidential berth for her party, so Sanders is battling for pride rather than a result.
Trump out of comfort zone
Clinton is hoping Obama’s support will bring her the votes she needs to see off Trump. Although Trump is overwhelmingly popular within the Republicans, once he leaves the party safe house, his support is patchy.
According to most polls, Hillary Clinton will batter Trump in a straight fight.
However, the American public have yet to find out who will stand beside the hopefuls as running mates.
To take the White House, a presidential candidate needs 270 out of 538 electoral divisions. Polls suggest Clinton has 194 to Trump’s 164 with 180 undecideds.
Trump is considered to face a harder path to Washington due to his divisive policies and lack of substance with policy and no experience at any level of politics.