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|First Lady Michelle Obama.
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THE INTERPRETATION OF THE PAST IN ITS OWN CONTEXT.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 17, 1964, to parents Fraser and Marian Robinson.
|Baby Michelle LaVaughn Robinson
Making the lengthy daily trip to attend Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Michelle became student council treasurer and a member of the National Honor Society before graduating as class salutatorian in 1981.
|High School Graduation Picture.
|Wedding at Trinity United Church of Christ, October 3, 1992.
When Obama decided to run for Illinois state senator in 1996, Michelle proved a disciplined campaign aide by canvassing for signatures and throwing fundraising parties. However, their victory presented the family with new challenges; following the births of daughters Malia (1998) and Sasha (2001), Michelle often had to juggle the demands of work and child-rearing alone with her husband tending to business in the state capital of Springfield.
Successful despite the difficulties, Michelle was named executive director of community relations and external affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals in 2002. She was promoted to Vice President after three years. She served on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools boards but eventually scaled back her work hours and commitments to support Obama's entry into the U.S. presidential race.
Initially criticized for her candor, Michelle soon proved an asset on the campaign trail with her knack for delivering relatable stories about her family. In addition to becoming the first African-American first lady upon Obama's Election Day victory in 2008, she became the third with a post-graduate degree.
Michelle sought to tie her own agendas to her husband's larger legislative goals, notably targeting the childhood obesity epidemic while the Affordable Care Act was being created.
In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Joining Forces program to expand educational and employment options for veterans and to raise awareness about the difficulties plaguing military families. After helping Obama win a second term in office, she formed the Reach Higher initiative to inspire young people to explore higher education and career-development opportunities.
|The First Family with Portuguese Water Dogs
Sunny (Male) and Bo (Female).
Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming," topped 3.4 million book sales in its first month.
Published November 13, 2018, "Becoming" is among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history and already among the best-selling memoirs of all time.
|Michelle Obama kicked off her book tour at Chicago's United Center with guest interviewer Oprah Winfrey.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.