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Michelle Obama
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40th First Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Laura Bush
Succeeded by Melania Trump
Personal details
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson

January 17, 1964 (1964-01-17) (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Barack Obama (m. 1992)
Parents Fraser Robinson III
Marian Shields
Relatives Craig Robinson (brother)
Education Princeton University (AB)
Harvard University (JD)

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the former First Lady of the United States and the wife of the 44th president of the U.S., Barack Obama. She is the first African American First Lady of the United States. As with many First Ladies, Mrs. Obama has worked as a spokesperson for a cause. The cause she supports is better nutrition and exercise for children. She has done work with the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon to support this cause.


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Obama (right) with Barack Obama (left)
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Obama with her husband and Salvatore Giunta

Obama was born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama in Chicago, Illinois on January 17, 1964. She went to Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She and Barack Obama were married on October 3, 1992, and they have two children, Malia (born July 4, 1998) and Sasha (born June 10, 2001). For a long time, she lived in Chicago with her family. Then, her husband became a junior Senator. After that, he ran for president and won. Now Michelle is First Lady of the United States and lives in the White House with her husband and two children. Her husband won a second term on November 6, 2012, so she served as First Lady until January 20, 2017.

On September 17, 2014, Obama visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Kids there asked her questions. She said when she was asked who in her family that she liked to prank the most that her husband was the person, also saying they love to scare each other. Their daughters also try to scare them, but are not good, as their mother claimed. She also said the Truman Balcony is her favorite part of the White House. When asked about what she liked most about being First Lady of the United States, she answered that she enjoyed meeting the Pope and also spoke of being around Beyoncé and her fans at one of her concerts. She showed how excited she was by saying "Oh, my stars!"


Obama and family of Christina Taylor Green 2011
Obama with family of Christina Taylor in 2011.

Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson, is the head coach of the Oregon State University men's basketball team. Her father, Fraser Robinson, was a pump operator for the Chicago Water Department. Her mother Marion Robinson stayed home to raise her and her brother Craig.


Michele Obama became a lawyer after graduating from law school. While working at the law firm Sidley Austin, she met her future husband. In 1991, she left the company to work in the mayor's office as an Assistant to the Mayor, then she pursued various jobs outside the city including executive director, associate dean and executive vice president. After her husband’s inauguration, she focused on lifestyle and fitness, and she launched the Let’s Move campaign to eliminate childhood obesity. Her approval rating was 71% in March of 2010.

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