Michelle Obama

Wife of the 44th President of the United States Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago and to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M.


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Michelle Obama tweets 'Black Panther' review, but it takes two tries
Fox News - 3 days
Marvel’s “Black Panther” continues to hit at the box office and has caused such a cultural phenomenon that former First Lady Michelle Obama made a rare post on Twitter to sing its praises, although it took her two tries.
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Michelle Obama talks social media and raising daughters at Vancouver event - CBC.ca
Google News - 6 days
CBC.ca Michelle Obama talks social media and raising daughters at Vancouver event CBC.ca Michelle Obama says social media magnifies feelings of political and cultural division, underlining a need for people to get out of their online silos. The former first lady of the United States made the remarks Thursday at a sold-out event presented ... Michelle Obama wows young crowd in VancouverVancouver Sun Want work/life balance? Schedule it, says Michelle ObamaBurnaby Now Michelle Obama speaks to sold-out crowds in VancouverCTV News Richmond News -News1130 -WLS-TV -Digital Journal all 17 news articles »
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The Obama Portraits Drew a Strong Reaction. What Did They Mean to You?
NYTimes - 8 days
Judging from the reaction, the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were anything but bland. Tell us what you thought of them.
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Christopher Knight on how the Obama portraits redefine presidential portraiture - Los Angeles Times
Google News - 9 days
Los Angeles Times Christopher Knight on how the Obama portraits redefine presidential portraiture Los Angeles Times The newly unveiled portraits of former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama go on view at the National Portrait Gallery. (Associated Press). Video killed the radio star, but, save for a few exceptions, photography killed presidential ... The Obamas' Official Portraits Break New Ground With Their BoldnessSmithsonian Sean Hannity Says Obama's Portrait Artist Included 'Sexual Innuendo' With Secret SpermNewsweek Sean Hannity Uncovers 'Secret Sperm' in Obama's PortraitNew York Magazine BuzzFeed News -W*USA 9 -Elite Daily -TheGrio (blog) all 139 news articles »
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Analysis: Michelle Obama's portrait doesn't look just like her. It doesn't have to.
CNN - 10 days
The Obamas were back in Washington on Monday for the unveiling of their official portraits that will hang in the National Portrait Gallery. While Barack Obama's portrait -- the former president seated in a chair surrounded by flowers and leaves-- was intriguing, it was the depiction of former first lady Michelle Obama that stole the show -- primarily because some corners of the Internet (including me) didn't think the portrait looked much like Mrs. Obama.
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Michelle Obama praises portrait artist Amy Sherald
Fox News - 10 days
Former first lady Michelle Obama thanks Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald at the official unveiling of her portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
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Obamas unveil official portraits by Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald at National Portrait Gallery
Yahoo News - 10 days
Former President Barack Obama and wife, Michelle Obama, celebrated the unveiling of their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday, as the nation observed the latest art installations.
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This Girl Dressed Up As Michelle Obama For School, And Michelle Loved It
Huffington Post - 19 days
"This gets an A+ in my book!" the former first lady tweeted.
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Michelle Obama gives Ellen this advice
CNN - 20 days
Former first lady Michelle Obama offered a passionate appeal for empathy during her first televised interview since leaving the White House a year ago.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michelle Obama
  • 2016
    In March 2016, Obama accompanied her husband and children to Cuba in a trip that was seen by the administration as having the possibility of positively impacting relations between the country and America.
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    On March 16, 2016, while speaking in Austin, Texas, Obama denied that she would ever run for the office, citing a desire to "impact as many people as possible in an unbiased way."
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    On January 14, 2016, during a town-hall meeting, President Obama was asked if the First Lady could be talked into running.
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    She also spoke during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where she delivered a speech in support of the Democratic Presidential nominee, and fellow First Lady, Hillary Clinton.
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  • 2015
    She continued advancing her initiative for international education for women by speaking at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education for the "Let Girls Learn" initiative in Doha, Qatar and touring a school in Amman, Jordan, where she met with female students.
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    In June 2015, Obama undertook a weeklong trip to London and three Italian cities.
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    In January 2015, Obama traveled to Saudi Arabia alongside her husband, following the death of King Abdullah.
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    In December 2015, Obama traveled with her husband to San Bernardino, California, to meet with families of the victims of a terrorist attack that occurred two weeks earlier.
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    In October 2015, Obama was joined by Jill Biden and Prince Harry in visiting a military base in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, an attempt on the prince's part to raise awareness to programs supporting harmed service members.
    In July 2015, Obama journeyed to Coachella Valley while coming to Los Angeles for that year's Special Olympics World Games.
    In March 2015, Obama traveled to Selma, Alabama, with her family to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches.
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  • 2014
    Several Republicans have critiqued or lampooned Obama's initiative. In October 2014, senator Rand Paul linked to Michelle Obama's Twitter account when announcing on the website that he was going to Dunkin' Donuts. In January 2016, Republican Governor of New Jersey and presidential candidate Chris Christie condemned the First Lady's involvement with healthy eating while on the campaign trail in Iowa, arguing that she was using the government to exercise her views on eating.
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  • 2013
    During the 2013 Academy Awards, she became the first First Lady to announce the winner of an Oscar (Best Picture which went to Argo).
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    In August 2013, Obama attended the 50th anniversary ceremony for the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial.
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  • 2012
    After her speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Obama was found through a CBS News/New York Times poll conducted in September to have a 61% favorably rating with registered voters, the highest favorability she had sustained since April 2009. Obama aimed to humanize her husband with relating stories about him, attempting to appeal to female voters in swing states. It was commented by Paul Harris of The Guardian that the same tactic was being used by Ann Romney, wife of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
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    Obama campaigned for her husband's re-election in 2012.
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    On May 9, 2012, Barack and Michelle Obama came out publicly in favor of same-sex marriage.
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  • 2011
    After the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell on September 20, 2011, Obama included openly gay service members in her national military families initiative.
  • 2010
    Obama campaigned for Democratic candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, making her debut on the campaign trail in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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    On February 9, 2010, the First Lady announced Let's Move! and President Barack Obama created the Task Force on Childhood Obesity to review all current programs and create a national plan towards change.
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    In January 2010, Obama undertook her first lead role in an administration-wide initiative, which she named "Let's Move!," to make progress in reversing the 21st century trend of childhood obesity.
  • 2009
    On June 5, 2009, the White House announced that Michelle Obama was replacing her current chief of staff, Jackie Norris, with Susan Sher, a longtime friend and adviser.
    In May 2009, Obama delivered the commencement speech at a graduating ceremony at UC Merced in Merced County, California, the address being praised afterward by students who found her relatable.
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    On April 6, 2009, CNN did a poll on whether she should run for the presidency in 2020, 83% of responders being opposed to the idea.
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    In 2009 Michelle Obama was named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of the year.
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    Obama advocated for her husband's policy priorities by promoting bills that support it. She hosted a White House reception for women's rights advocates in celebration of the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Pay equity law.
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  • 2008
    In the 2008 US presidential election, Obama boasted, to gay Democrat groups, of her husband's record on LGBT rights: his support of the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois gender violence act, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, and full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, civil unions; along with hate crimes protection for sexual orientation and gender identity and renewed effort to fight HIV and AIDS.
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    Another key aide, Spelman College alumna Kristen Jarvis, served from 2008 until 2015, when she left to become chief of staff to the Ford Foundation president Darren Walker.
    On an October 6, 2008 broadcast, Larry King asked Obama if the American electorate was past the Bradley effect.
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    By the time of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in August, media outlets observed that her presence on the campaign trail had grown softer than at the start of the race, focusing on soliciting concerns and empathizing with the audience rather than throwing down challenges to them, and giving interviews to shows like The View and publications like Ladies' Home Journal rather than appearing on news programs.
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    Early in the campaign, she had limited involvement in which she traveled to political events only two days a week and rarely traveled overnight; by early February 2008 her participation had increased significantly, attending thirty-three events in eight days.
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  • 2007
    In May 2007, three months after her husband declared his presidential candidacy, Obama reduced her professional responsibilities by 80 percent to support his presidential campaign.
    Obama served as a salaried board member of TreeHouse Foods, Inc., a major Wal-Mart supplier with which she cut ties immediately after her husband made comments critical of Wal-Mart at an AFL-CIO forum in Trenton, New Jersey, on May 14, 2007.
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    Throughout 2007 and 2008, Obama campaigned for her husband's presidential bid, delivering a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and speaking at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
  • 2006
    According to the couple's 2006 income tax return, her salary was $273,618 from the University of Chicago Hospitals, while her husband had a salary of $157,082 from the United States Senate.
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  • 2002
    In 2002, she began working for the University of Chicago Hospitals, first as executive director for community affairs and, beginning May 2005, as Vice President for Community and External Affairs.
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  • 1996
    In 1996, Obama served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she developed the University's Community Service Center.
  • 1993
    In 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit organization encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies.
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  • 1992
    They married in October 1992, and have two daughters, Malia Ann (born 1998) and Natasha (known as Sasha, born 2001).
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    Barack and Michelle married in 1992 and have two daughters.
  • 1991
    In 1991, she held public sector positions in the Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor, and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development.
    Obama's father Fraser C. Robinson III died from complications from his illness in March 1991.
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  • 1988
    Robinson went on to earn her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.
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  • 1985
    She majored in sociology and minored in African American studies, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985.
  • 1983
    She was inspired to follow her brother to Princeton University, where he graduated in 1983, after which he went on to become a basketball coach at Oregon State University and Brown University.
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  • 1981
    She graduated in 1981 as the salutatorian of her class.
  • 1964
    Born on January 17, 1964.
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