Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama 2013 official portrait.jpg
First lady of the United States
In office
January 20, 2009-Present
High schoolWhitney Young High School
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Date of birthJanuary 17, 1964
Place of birthChicago, IL
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (b. January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois) is the current first lady of the United States. Her husband, Barack Obama, took office January 20, 2009 and was sworn in for his second term in January 2013.


Obama was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois.[1] She and her older brother, Craig, were raised with an emphasis on education and both skipped second grade. She was admitted to Chicago's first magnet school, Whitney M. Young High School, after which she followed Craig to Princeton University. She earned her law degree from Harvard University. While at Harvard she took part in protests demanding more minorities in both the student body and faculty.[2]

Her first career stop was at the Sidley & Austin law firm, where she met Barack Obama. The couple dated for two years before Barack proposed. They were married October 3, 1992.[2][3] Throughout the 1990s, Obama worked at various non-profits organizations and University of Chicago hospitals. She cut back on her personal career during Barack's 2008 presidential run. Obama frequents schools during her husband's administration, spreading her "Let's Move!" initiative.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Obama's academic, professional and political career:[2][3]

  • 1985: Graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University
  • 1988: Earned law degree from Harvard University
  • 1988-1991: Associate Attorney at Sidley & Austin
  • 1991-1992: Assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
  • 1992-1993: Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development in Chicago, IL
  • 1993-1996: Founder and Executive Director of Public Allies Chicago
  • 1996-2002: Associate Dean of Student Services at University of Chicago
  • 2002-2005: Executive Director for Community Affairs for University of Chicago hospitals
  • 2005-2007: Board Member of Tree House Foods
  • 2005-2009: Executive Vice President of Community and External Affairs for University of Chicago hospitals
  • 2009-Present: First lady of the United States
  • 2010-Present: Leader of "Let's Move!" campaign


Let's Move!

Obama's main initiative as first lady has been the "Let's Move!" campaign. The website states, "Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams." The following are the "five pillars" of the initiative:[4]

  • Creating a healthy start for children
  • Empowering parents and caregivers
  • Providing healthy food in schools
  • Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
  • Increasing physical activity


Michelle and Barack were married on October 3, 1992. The couple have two children, Malia and Natasha (known as Sasha).[3][2]

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Preceded by
Laura Bush
First lady of the United States
Succeeded by