Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama 2013 official portrait.jpg
Official portrait, February 2013
First Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byLaura Bush
Succeeded byMelania Trump
Personal details
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson

(1964-01-17) January 17, 1964 (age 59)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Barack Obama (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
RelativesObama family
ResidenceWashington, D.C.
Kenwood, Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is a former author and attorney who was the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017 as the wife of the President Barack Obama. She was the first African American woman to serve as this role. Like many other first ladies, Michelle has worked as a spokesperson for a cause. The cause she supports is better nutrition and exercise for children. She has done work with the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon to support this cause.

Life[change | change source]

Obama (right) with Barack Obama (left)
Obama with her husband and Salvatore Giunta

Obama was born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson at Provident Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois on January 17, 1964.[1] She went to Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She and Barack Obama were married on October 3, 1992, and they have two children, Malia (born July 4, 1998) and Sasha (born June 10, 2001). For a long time, she lived in Chicago with her family. Then, her husband became a junior Senator for the State of Illinois. After that, he ran for President of the United States and won. Michelle became the First Lady of the United States and lived in the White House with her husband and two children. Her husband was elected on November 6, 2012, to a second term as president, so she served as First Lady until January 20, 2017.

On September 17, 2014, Obama visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Kids there asked her questions. She said when she was asked who in her family that she liked to prank the most that her husband was the person, also saying they love to scare each other. Their daughters also try to scare them, but are not good, as their mother claimed. She also said the Truman Balcony is her favorite part of the White House. When asked about what she liked most about being First Lady of the United States, she answered that she enjoyed meeting the Pope and also spoke of being around Beyoncé and her fans at one of her concerts. She showed how excited she was by saying "Oh, my stars!"[2]

In June 2018, she spoke to the American Library Association saying of her time in the White House as having had "no time for mistake".[3]

Family[change | change source]

Obama with family of Christina Taylor in 2011.

Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson, is the head coach of the Oregon State University men's basketball team. Her father, Fraser Robinson, was a pump operator for the Chicago Water Department.[4] Her mother Marion Robinson stayed home to raise her and her brother Craig. Her children are Sasha and Malia Ann Obama.

Career[change | change source]

Michelle Obama became a lawyer after graduating from law school. While working at the law firm Sidley Austin, she met her future husband.[5] In 1991, she left the company to work in the mayor's office as an Assistant to the Mayor, then she pursued various jobs outside the city including executive director, associate dean and executive vice president. After her husband’s inauguration, she focused on lifestyle and fitness, and she launched the Let’s Move campaign to eliminate childhood obesity. Her approval rating was 71% in March of 2010. (Gale Biography in context)

Books[change | change source]

These books were written or ghostwritten[6] and published by Michelle Obama while she was First Lady and afterwards:

  • American Grown. New York: Crown Publishing Group. 2012. ISBN 978-0307956026.
  • Becoming. New York: Crown Publishing Group. 2018. ISBN 978-1524763138.

References[change | change source]

  1. Rumore, Kori. "Michelle Obama's Chicago: 10 key locations". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  2. "Michelle Obama dishes on Beyonce concerts and presidential dogs on Air Force One". The Washington Post. September 18, 2014.
  3. http://time.com/5320323/michelle-obama-ala-conference.'Making[permanent dead link] Mistakes Was Not an Option.' Michelle Obama on the Pressure of Being 'The First'|
  4. "Michelle Obama Biography". Biography.com.
  5. Rossi, Rosalind (January 20, 2007). "The woman behind Obama". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on February 15, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008.
  6. Dovere, Edward-Isaac (May 23, 2019). "Waiting for Obama". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on August 31, 2022. Retrieved December 6, 2022. ...he’ll occasionally point out in conversation that he’s writing his book himself, while Michelle used a ghostwriter.

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