Michelle Obama. biography
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois to her father Fraser Robinson, a Democratic precinct captain, and her mother Marian, a secretary and homemaker. Michelle's natural leading ability started to shine through by the time she entered sixth grade, serving as the student government treasurer at Chicago's Bouchet Academy, a school for gifted children and graduating from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School as class salutatorian in 1981. From there, she graduated from Princeton University in 1985 with high honors and a B.A. in Sociology and later received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988.
While working as an associate for the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin in 1989, Michelle was introduced to a summer intern named Barack Obama, but was unwilling to ignite a romance in fear of ruining their professional relationship. She finally gave in to Barack's charm and after two years of dating, the couple tied the knot at Trinity United Church of Christ on October 3, 1992.
In 1993, Michelle was appointed executive director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit program that aids young adults in evolving skills needed for a public sector career. She went on to become the associate dean of student services for the University of Chicago in 1996 and the executive director of community relations and external affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals in 2002.
America first noticed Michelle's presence as she stood by Barack during his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, but her early recognition in Chicago continued to thrive. In 2005, Michelle was named vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center prior to Barack's presidential inauguration and continues to serve on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a board member.
Due to her commitment to Barack's ambitious sight on the Democratic presidential nomination, Michelle took a step back from her professional career to focus on taking care of their two daughters, Malia (b. 1998) and Natasha (b. 2001), as well as ensure the success of her husband. Michelle soon attracted the media's attention with her iconic fashion and straight-to-the-truth campaign style, which landed her on Essence magazine's "25 of the World's Most inspiring Women" in 2006, a spot on 02138 magazine's "The Harvard 100" in 2007, a respected position in Vanity Fair's best-dressed list two years in a row as well as People magazine's 2008 best-dressed list, prior to Barack's presidential victory on November 4, 2008.
Michelle separated herself from past first wives during Barack's first term as president by initiating an end to child obesity and endorsing the organic food movement. In 2009, she joined 23 fifth graders in planting a 1,100-square-foot garden on the South Lawn of the White House and taught them how to harvest their own food and properly cook organic vegetables. During 2012, Michelle joined forces with the U.S. Olympic team and various sports organization to establish a fitness program, called Let's Move.
In 2012, the Obama family began another difficult road toward a re-election against Republican nominee Mitt Romney in which Michelle personally campaigned. Rallying Philadelphia voters in June 2012, Michelle declared "It all boils down to one simple question: Will we continue the change we've begun and the progress we've made, or will we let everything we've fought for slip away?" She urged those in attendance to give "a little part of your life each week to this campaign."
Michelle provided the Obama campaign with additional momentum after she gave a memorable speech at the Democratic National Convention in August 2012, in which she expressed her appreciation for Latino community and that Barack is intoned with what the American dream means, the financial struggles bullying the middle class and is on a mission to helping American's achieve a better life. Michelle's relentless support in the public eye ultimately paid off when Baraka was re-elected for a second 4-year term as president on November 6, 2012.