The Michelle Obama biography is bigger than being one of the most famous female faces to ever call the White House home. Michelle's massive success in the public sector and her Ivy League collegiate credentials all occurred before her husband Barack Obama advanced from Democratic candidate to the 44th President of the United States. By defying all odds as if they never existed, Michelle Obama's biography is motivation in the human form.
Southside of Chicago: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 17, 1964. Mrs. Obama's family was close-knit, living in a one-bedroom apartment on Chicago's Southside. Michelle's father Frasier worked as a Democratic precinct captain and a city pump operator. Her mother Marian was a secretary for Spiegel's and also later became a stay-at-home mom to raise Michelle and her older brother Craig. With a strong emphasis on education in their household – both Michelle Obama and her brother managed to skip second grade. Michelle learned French by sixth grade and graduated from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in 1981 as class salutatorian.
When Michelle Met Barack: After graduating cum laude from Princeton University in 1985 with a B.A. in Sociology, she also graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988. Although her future husband Barack Obama is also a Harvard alumni, their meeting actually took place at a law firm called Sidley Austin LLP. in 1989. Michelle worked as an associate in the marketing and intellectual property department. Barack was a summer intern at the time, and Michelle was assigned as his advisor. At first, Michelle was against dating Barack to avoid making their work relationship awkward. But she obviously changed her mind. Barack Obama proposed to Michelle after two years of courtship at a restaurant. What started as a celebration for Barack finishing the bar to practice law turned into a waiter bringing Michelle Obama a ring on the dessert tray. Barack and Michelle Obama were officially married on October 18th, 1992 at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.
Serving the Public: Soon Michelle Obama entered a career in public service. This initially included being the assistant of Mayor Daley and also as the assistant commissioner for the City of Chicago's planning and development department. But Michelle Obama's resume never reflected prolonged stagnation. Michelle became the Executive Director for the Chicago Office of Public Allies in 1993. This non-profit program trained young adults with leadership skills that would prep them for careers in the public sector. Michelle Obama then became the associate dean of student services at the University of Chicago in 1996. Then Mrs, Obama was on to a position as executive director of community relations and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospital. This led to Michelle becoming the Vice President of Community Relations and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2005. But Michelle Obama's public profile would soon expand beyond the state of Illinois when her husband Barack was elected to the United States Senate from Illinois in the November of 2004.
The 44th First Lady: While helping Barack on his presidential campaign, Michelle Obama shifted her focus away from her own career. Michelle made time to be a hands-on mother to their two daughters, Malia born in 1999 and Natasha during 2001. Aside from her strong business acumen and multi-tasking – Michelle Obama also became a fashion icon. Vanity Fair magazine saluted her sense of style in their best-dressed list two years in a row. She also was featured on People magazine's 2008 best-dressed list. Once her husband made history with his historical victory as the 44th President of the United States in 2008—Michelle Obama's role as the First Lady made her an influential international celebrity. This amplified attention allowed Michelle Obama to bring focus to issues such as national service, support for military families, assistance for working family women, and the organic food movement. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama's journey from a small apartment in Chicago to the legendary White House in Washington D.C. was made possible by her dedication to education, an eye towards her next goal, and her desire to serve her fellow man,