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Michelle Obama - A Biography

Jul 22, 2008
The well educated daughter of hard working parents that did not have the benefit of high education, Michelle Obama was born in Chicago, Illinois on 17 January, 1964. Her father, Fraser Robinson, was a city water plant operator and her mother Marian a secretary. Michelle was raised in a typically normal home, along with her brother Craig, who is 16 months older. Craig is also a success story, with a history in men's basketball - he is currently Oregon State Beavers men's basketball coach. Michelle's father had high morals and levels of expectations, which she has continued to carry with her to date.

Listed in 2006 among "25 of the World's Most Inspiring Women" by Essence magazine, Michelle Obama followed up in 2007 with Vanity Fair magazine nominating her as one of the "World's Ten Best Dressed People."

Again in 2007, she entered "The Harvard 100" - ranking 58th on a list of the prior year's most influential Harvard alumni, with her husband Barack ranked fourth. She also keeps good company, having made two campaign appearances with Oprah Winfrey (at the time of writing this).

Following Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Michelle went to Princeton University, graduating with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in African American studies. She then continued at Harvard Law School, earning her law degree in 1988. Following law school, Michelle Obama worked as an Associate in the field of marketing and intellectual property at the Chicago law firm, Sidley and Austin. It was at Sidley and Austin that she met Barack Obama.

Leaving the corporate law world in 1991 to pursue a public service career, she became an assistant to the Mayor of Chicago, and then Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development for Chicago. Michelle Obama then served as Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she developed the University's first Community Service Program.

During 2002, Michelle Obama began working for the University of Chicago Hospitals, first as an Executive Director for Community Affairs, and then as Vice President for Community and External Affairs. She now works this position part-time, to enable her to spend more time with her two young daughters.

Michelle married Barack Obama in 1992 and they now have two daughters, Malia Obama, born in 1999, and Natasha Obama born in 2001. During 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit organization that helps young adults develop skills for careers in the public sector.

Three months after her husband declared his Presidential Candidacy, she reduced her professional responsibilities by eighty percent. Accepting the role of aspiring First Lady, she travels the country with her husband, giving speeches and attending events - making sure she is not away from her daughters for too long. Michelle Obama is described as focused, tough, steely, and has a sharp sense of humor.

Life for both Barack and Michelle Obama has changed for ever. Secret Service protection is now a way of life, with Michelle having her own dedicated team, as they face the fears of extremist action.

Michelle Obama compliments her husband Barack well; she is naturally competitive, intelligent, does not take things for granted and has a direct, practical approach toward politics. She likes to keep things calm, keeping Barack focused, with his feet firmly planted on the ground. She displays a determined passion for his campaign, and may well be the best asset Barack Obama has. However, Michelle herself is increasingly being targeted; whether the dirty politics of America will turn on their pre-teen children remains to be seen.
About the Author
Author Terry Fisher runs the Barack Obama Videos Site and also the Hillary Clinton Videos Site . Catch the latest Presidential Race Updates on Video!
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