Born: January 17, 1964 at DeYoung, Illinois
Spouse: Barack Obama (m. 1992)
Children: Malia Obama, Sasha Obama
First Lady of the United States (2009 – present)
Political Party: Democratic
Facts about Michelle Obama
Her nickname is “”Miche”” (pronounced “”Meesh””) and her husband calls her “”My Rock””. She grew up with her older brother, Craig, and parents in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. She shared the living room with her brother, which was separated by a room divider. She was assigned Barack’s mentor when he came to her Chicago firm for a summer job. Her first impression of Barack wasn’t great; after seeing a photo of him in the law firm directory she decided he had a big nose.
She cut back from her six-figure salary with the University of Chicago hospital system to help her husband with his campaign. She was on the board of six major organisations, including the prestigious Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and Tree House Foods; and Vice President, Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
During her early months as First Lady, Obama visited homeless shelters and soup kitchens. She also sent representatives to schools and advocated public service. Obama has been compared to Jacqueline Kennedy due to her sense of style, and also to Barbara Bush for her discipline and decorum. She launches the national campaign, “”Let Girls Learn,”” a global focus on girls’ education.
Michelle Obama Childhood
Michelle Obama was born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. She would later become a lawyer, Chicago city administrator, community-outreach worker and as the wife of U.S. President Barack Obama the first African-American first lady of the United States.
Michelle was raised in a small bungalow on Chicago’s South Side. Her father, Fraser Robinson, was a city-pump operator and a Democratic precinct captain. Her mother, Marian, was a secretary at Spiegel’s but later stayed home to raise Michelle and her older brother, Craig. They were a close-knit family, typically sharing meals, reading and playing games together.
Craig and Michelle, 21 months apart in age, were often mistaken for twins. The siblings also shared close quarters, sleeping in the living room with a sheet serving as a makeshift room divider. They were raised with an emphasis on education and had learned to read at home by age four. Both skipped the second grade.
By the sixth grade, Michelle was taking classes in her school’s gifted program, where she learned French and completed accelerated courses in biology. She went on to attend Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, the city’s first magnet high school for gifted children, where, among other activities, she served as the student government treasurer. In 1981, Michelle graduated from the school as class salutatorian.
Following in her older brother’s footsteps, Michelle then attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in Sociology. She went on to study law at Harvard Law School, where she took part in demonstrations demanding for more minority students and professors. She was awarded her J.D. in 1988.