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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, born on January 17, 1964, is an American lawyer, university administrator, and writer, who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American First Lady. As first lady, Obama served as a role model of women, and worked as an advocate for public services.
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FAMILY LIFE AND EDUCATION
- Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois, to Fraser Robinson III and Marian Shields Robinson.
- Her father suffered from multiple sclerosis, which had a profound emotional effect on her as she was growing up. He died from complications from his illness in March 1991.
- Michelle recalled being fearful of how others would perceive her, but disregarded any negativity around her and used it “to fuel me, to keep me going”.
- Michelle was on the honor roll for four years, took advanced placement classes, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
- She entered Princeton University in 1981. She majored in sociology and minored in African-American studies, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985.
- Robinson pursued professional study, earning her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. By the time she applied for Harvard Law, biographer Bond wrote, her confidence had increased. She later said that her education gave her opportunities beyond what she had ever imagined.
- Robinson met Barack Obama when they were among the few African Americans at their law firm, Sidley Austin LLP. She was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate. Their relationship started with a business lunch and then a community organization meeting where he first impressed her.
- They married on October 3, 1992. After suffering a miscarriage, Michelle underwent in-vitro fertilisation to conceive their daughters Malia Ann and Natasha.
- The Obama family lived on Chicago’s South Side, where Barack taught at the University of Chicago Law School.
- Following law school, Michelle became an associate at the Chicago office of the law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband Barack.
- In 1991, she held public sector positions in the Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development.
- In 1996, Obama served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she developed the University’s Community Service Center.
- In 2002, she began working for the University of Chicago Hospitals, first as executive director for community affairs and, beginning May 2005, as Vice President for Community and External Affairs.
FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES
- During her first months as First Lady, Obama visited homeless shelters and soup kitchens. She also sent representatives to schools and advocated public service.
- Obama advocated for her husband’s policy priorities by promoting bills that supported them.
- In 2009 Obama was named Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of the year.
- In her memoir, Becoming, Obama describes her four primary initiatives as First Lady: Let’s Move!, Reach Higher, Let Girls Learn, and Joining Forces.
- Over the course of the Obama presidency, Michelle Obama was subject to speculation over whether she would run for the presidency herself.
- On March 16, 2016, while speaking in Austin, Texas, Obama denied that she would ever run for office, citing a desire to “impact as many people as possible in an unbiased way”.
- Throughout her career, Michelle has given a number of powerful speeches. In September 2012, Michelle delivered a noteworthy speech at the Democratic National Convention. “Every day, the people I meet inspire me, every day they make me proud, every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth,” she said. “Serving as your first lady is an honor and a privilege.”
- On January 13, 2017, Michelle made her final speech as First Lady at the White House, saying “being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope I’ve made you proud”.
- “When you have a voice, you can’t just use it any kind of way, you know?”, Obama said about the problems with impulsively firing off thoughts on social media.
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- Michelle Obama Facts
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- Best Traits
- Book Review
- Essay Writing
- First Ladies
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