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|Former First Lady of the United States|
January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Laura Bush|
|Succeeded by||Melania Trump|
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson
January 17, 1964
|Spouse(s)||Barack Obama (m. 1992)|
|Children||Malia Ann Obama and Sasha Obama|
Kenwood, Chicago, Illinois
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
Harvard Law School
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the former First Lady of the United States and the wife of the 44th president of the U.S., Barack Obama. She is the first African American First Lady of the United States. As with many First Ladies, Mrs. Obama 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.
Obama was born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama in Chicago, Illinois on January 17, 1964. 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 USA 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!"
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. Her mother Marion Robinson stayed home to raise her and her brother Craig.
Michele Obama became a lawyer after graduating from law school. While working at the law firm Sidley Austin, she met her future husband. 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)
- American Grown. New York: Crown Publishing Group. 2012.
- Becoming. New York: Crown Publishing Group. 2018.
- Michelle Obama dishes on Beyonce concerts and presidential dogs on Air Force One. The Washington Post. September 18, 2014. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/09/18/michelle-obama-dishes-on-beyonce-concerts-family-pranks-and-presidential-dogs-on-air-force-one/.
- http://time.com/5320323/michelle-obama-ala-conference.'Making Mistakes Was Not an Option.' Michelle Obama on the Pressure of Being 'The First'|
- "Michelle Obama Biography". Biography.com. http://www.biography.com/people/michelle-obama-307592.
- Rossi, Rosalind (January 20, 2007). "The woman behind Obama". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on February 15, 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080215230648/http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/221458,CST-NWS-mich21.article. Retrieved January 22, 2008.
- EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE (23 May 2019). "Waiting for Obama" (in en). The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/05/obama-2020-election/590056/. Retrieved 24 May 2019. "he’ll occasionally point out in conversation that he’s writing this book himself, while Michelle used a ghostwriter".