"Deval's done a great job and I think (it) signals that he
could be very successful at the federal level as well," Obama
told Boston NBC station New England Cable News.
"I suspect knowing his wife as I do, they're going to be taking
a little bit of time off," Obama added.
The president said Patrick, who will be 58 this year, has
"enormous talent" and would be wise not to rule out public
service in the future.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner for
the Democratic presidential nomination in public opinion polls
but she has not declared whether she intends to run and the
election is more than two years off.
Patrick said in July he is not running for president in 2016 and
would return to the private sector when his term as governor
expires in January 2015.
Patrick, who served as assistant attorney general for civil
rights under President Bill Clinton, gave speeches at the 2008
and 2012 Democratic national conventions that boosted his
(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; editing by Bernard Orr)
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