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Wife of President Barack Obama
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer and writer. She is married to the 44th and current 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, she is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and spent the early part of her legal career working at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met Barack. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
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Michelle Robinson was born into a working-class African American family from the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from Whitney Young High School in 1981. She majored in sociology at Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985, and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.
Following law school, she was an associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin. Subsequently, she held public sector positions in the Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor and Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. 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.
Mrs Obama began work for the University of Chicago Hospitals in 2002, after previously serving as the founding director of the University`s Community Service Center (beginning in 1996). She was promoted to her current position in May 2005. In May 2006, Essence magazine listed her among "25 of the World`s Most Inspiring Women."
She currently serves on the board of TreeHouse Foods, Inc.
She married Barack Obama in 1992, and they have two daughters, Malia (born 1999) and Sasha (born 2001).
Whitney Young High School (1981)
Princeton University (cum laude. 1985), Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor, 1988)
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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson
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