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Wife of US President Barack Obama

  • Michelle Obama was born January 17, 1964 and was named Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama.
  • She is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
  • Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago and to work at the law firm Sidley Austin.
  • She attended Whitney Young High School, Chicago's first magnet high school, where she was a classmate of Jesse Jackson's daughter Santita.
  • As a young girl, she practiced playing the piano so much that she had to be told to stop.
  • She and her brother both skipped second grade.
  • Her father died of complications from multiple sclerosis when she was in her 20s.
  • On her first trip abroad in April 2009, she toured a cancer ward with Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
  • She has been compared to Jacqueline Kennedy due to her sense of style, and also to Barbara Bush for her discipline and decorum.
  • She appeared on the cover and in a photo spread in the March 2009 issue of Vogue.
  • In July 2008, Obama accepted the invitation to become an honorary member of the 100-year-old black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, which had no active undergraduate chapter at Princeton when she attended.
  • Michelle Obama's father died of complications from multiple sclerosis when she was in her 20s.
  • Michelle majored in sociology and has a law degree from Harvard.
  • Her university dissertation was entitled, "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community."
  • Michelle was assigned Barack Obama's mentor for her summer job in Chicago.
  • Michelle and Barack Obama met at their law firm Sidley Austin where she was assigned to mentor him as a summer associate.
  • Barack and Michelle saw the movie "Do The Right Thing" on their first date.
  • Barack Obama proposed to Michelle in a restaurant in Chicago and the ring arrived on a tray with the dessert.
  • They married in October 1992, and have two daughters, Malia Ann (born 1998) and Natasha (known as Sasha, born 2001).
  • She made several campaign appearances during 2007 & 2008 to support her husband's presidency. During February 08, she appeared in 33 events in 8 days. She made many appearances with Oprah Winfrey.
  • She wrote her own stump speeches for her husband's presidential campaign and generally spoke without notes.
  • Her first dance with husband Barack Obama at their wedding was to Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable".
  • Michelle Obama's great great grandfather, Jim Robinson, was a slave in South Carolina before the Civil War.
  • Michelle Obama shares the record for the tallest first lady with Eleanor Roosevelt at 5 ft 11 inches.
  • Her secret service codename is "Renaissance".
  • Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle are the only First Ladies to receive master's degrees.
  • Within family circles, she is called by her nickname "Miche" (pronounced "Meesh").
  • Her husband calls her "My Rock".
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