She just may be the next First Lady of the United States. Beautiful, smart and grounded, this woman would be a welcomed presence representing women from across the board in The White House. Married to democratic powerhouse and Presidential candidate Barack Obama, Michelle Robinson Obama is an accomplished individual in her own right. She and Senator Obama married in 1992 and have two daughters Malia and Sasha. She met Barack while working at a downtown Chicago law firm in 1989.
In interviews Michelle Robinson Obama often mentions the importance of family. As a working mom with her own career, she manages to care for two daughters and includes herself in her husband’s work.
According to a January 29, 2007 Newsweek article “She is intimately involved with her husband’s work, reading drafts of his major speeches and tweaking his big ideas and little punctuation choices alike.”
Listed as one of the “25 of the World’s Most Inspiring Women” in the May 2006 issue of Essence magazine, this woman is the backbone and strength behind her husband. She is also a strong force along side her husband in his campaign fundraising efforts. So far Senator Obama’s campaign raised approximately $25 million.
Here are 10 quick facts about Mrs. Obama:
Quick Fact Number 1: She was born January 17, 1964 and grew up on the South Shore area of Chicago
Quick Fact Number 2: Michelle Robinson majored in sociology at Princeton University, after she graduated from Whitney Young High School
Quick Fact Number 3: She is a Harvard Law School graduate
Quick Fact Number 4: She is Vice President for Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals
Quick Fact Number 5: Michelle Obama is a devoted supporter of the Women’s Treatment Center located on the West Side of Chicago. The facility is for the treatment and detox of women dealing with substance abuse. The facility also takes care of children while their mother’s go through detox and offers a program where children can live with their mothers during recovery.
Quick Fact Number 6: She enjoys early morning work outs
Quick Fact Number 7: The founding executive director of the Chicago office of Public Allies, President Bill Clinton’s AmeriCorps 1993
Quick Fact Number 8: The Obama Family travels mostly every year to Hawaii to visit Senator Obama’s grandmother and sister
Quick Fact Number 9: Craig Robinson, Michelle’s brother is head coach of the men’s basketball team at Brown University
Quick Fact Number 10: And like most little girls she enjoyed playing with her Barbie Dolls and Easy Bake Oven as a child