37 Facts About First Lady Michelle Obama


Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was born on January 17,1964 and is an American attorney and author who served as first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

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In 2020, First Lady Michelle Obama topped Gallup's poll of the most admired woman in America for the third year running.

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Barack Obama has said the couple had an "opposites attract" scenario in their initial interest in each other, since Michelle had stability from her two-parent home while he was "adventurous".

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In 2008, First Lady Michelle Obama said in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they did not intend to have anymore children.

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Marian Robinson, First Lady Michelle Obama's mother, moved into the White House to assist with child care.

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Michelle Obama was raised United Methodist and joined the Trinity United Church of Christ, a mostly black congregation of the Reformed denomination known as the United Church of Christ.

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In 1996, First Lady Michelle Obama served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she developed the university's Community Service Center.

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At first, Obama had reservations about her husband's presidential campaign, due to fears about a possible negative effect on their daughters.

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In May 2007, three months after her husband declared his presidential candidacy, First Lady Michelle Obama reduced her professional responsibilities by 80 percent to support his presidential campaign.

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The positive assessment was reasoned to have contributed to her active role in the re-election campaign, but it was noted that the challenge for the First Lady Michelle Obama campaign was to use her without tarnishing her popularity.

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On June 5,2009, the White House announced that Michelle Obama was replacing her then chief of staff, Jackie Norris, with Susan Sher, a longtime friend and adviser.

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In 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama was named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of the year.

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Some initiatives of First Lady Michelle Obama included advocating on behalf of military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, and promoting the arts and arts education.

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In November 2013, a Politico article by Michelle Cottle accusing Obama of being a "feminist nightmare" for not using her position and education to advocate for women's issues was sharply criticized across the political spectrum.

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In May 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the campaign to bring back school girls who had been kidnapped in Nigeria.

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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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On May 9,2012, Barack and Michelle Obama came out publicly in favor of same-sex marriage.

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In May 2009, First Lady Michelle 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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In March 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Selma, Alabama, with her family to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches.

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In July 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama journeyed to Coachella Valley while coming to Los Angeles for that year's Special Olympics World Games.

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In October 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama was joined by Jill Biden and Prince Harry in visiting a military base in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in an attempt on the prince's part to raise awareness to programs supporting harmed service members.

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In December 2015, First Lady Michelle 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 Mexico, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to students, encouraging them to take responsibility for their futures.

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In March 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama visited China along with her two daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson.

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In January 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Saudi Arabia alongside her husband, following the death of King Abdullah.

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In June 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama undertook a weeklong trip to London and three Italian cities.

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In Jordan, First Lady Michelle Obama had intended to visit an Amman school, which had been constructed with assistance from US funds.

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In March 2016, First Lady Michelle 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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The Los Angeles Times concluded that while First Lady Michelle Obama was indeed more popular than her husband, her "election scorecard proved no better than his, particularly in her home state".

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On October 13,2016, First Lady Michelle Obama heavily criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for the statements he made in a 2005 audio recording while at a Clinton rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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At the time of her husband's election, some sources anticipated that as a high-profile African-American woman in a stable marriage First Lady Michelle Obama would be a positive role model who would influence the view the world has of African Americans.

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Questions were raised by some in the American and British media regarding protocol when the Obamas met Queen Elizabeth II and Michelle reciprocated a touch on her back by the Queen during a reception, purportedly against traditional royal etiquette.

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In May 2017, during an appearance at the Partnership for a Healthier America conference, First Lady Michelle Obama rebuked the Trump administration for its delay of a federal requirement designed to increase the nutritional standards for school lunches.

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In September, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an address at the tech conference in Utah charging the Trump administration with having a fearful White House, appeared in a video for the Global Citizens Festival advocating more attention to giving young girls an education, and attended the Inbound 2017 conference in Boston.

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On January 2,2021, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged Georgia residents to vote in the state's runoff in the US Senate election and to contact VoteRiders, a non-profit voter ID education organization, to make sure they have the necessary ID to vote.

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Michelle Obama wore a matching plum coat, sweater, pants, and belt designed by Sergio Hudson to the inauguration.

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In February 2021, First Lady Michelle Obama was announced as an executive producer and presenter on a children's cooking show, Waffles + Mochi.

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