10 Lesser- Known Facts About Michelle Obama
Although she has stood alongside our President for the last eight years, Michelle Obama is much more than the First Lady of the United States of America. She is an educated and passionate advocate for health and global rights, as well as a devoted wife and loving mother to her children. Although you have probably seen her face hundreds of times in photograph and on screen over the years, there is plenty behind Mrs. Obama that makes her a star in her own right.
10. She Comes From Humble Roots
Michelle may be living the high life now, but it wasn’t always so. She was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Ill., and grew up in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with her parents and older brother, Craig. The two shared the living room that was separated by a room divider.
9. She Excelled Academically
Both Michelle and her brother skipped a year in school – the second grade – and she was also the student council treasurer in her high school. Although she may have only attended public schools growing up, she dedicated time and effort into her studies and extracurriculars, which later paid off in her admission to Princeton University.
8. She’s Competitive
Michelle is a great athlete, but she had to stray from competitive sports because, as her brother puts it, “She hated losing.” Perhaps this is why her energy is better spent helping others and participating in her Let’s Move! campaign.
7. She Didn’t Love Her Husband at First Sight
The two met when Michelle was assigned to be Barack’s mentor when he came to the corporate Chicago law firm Sidley and Austin to work as a summer associate. She decided that he had a big nose and declined his first request for a date, saying that it would be inappropriate.
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6. Sports Still Strongly Influence Her Life Today
In fact, if it weren’t for a game of basketball, she may not have even become an Obama. Her father had always said that you can tell a lot about a person’s character on the court, so she told Barack to play against her brother before she accepted his offer for a date. She still leads a very active lifestyle and works out “like a gladiator” according to friends.
5. She Studied Sociology
Although she earned a law degree from Harvard, Michelle first majored in Sociology at Princeton University, where she once corrected the French tutors for not teaching the language correctly and delivered a dissertation entitled “”Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.”
4. She Stopped Practicing Law to Work in the Public Sector
After years as a lawyer, Michelle stopped practicing and in 1993 founded the Public Allies Chicago, an AmeriCorps national service program that provides young people with training for future careers in the public sector. She then went on to work as Executive Director for Community Affairs at the the University of Chicago’s University Medical Center. She was promoted to the Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the Medical Center and also worked as the Associate Dean of Student Services. She was also on the board of trustees at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where her daughters Sasha and Malia were students.
3. She’s a “The Brady Bunch” buff
Michelle and her brother were only allowed one hour of television per night growing up, but that didn’t stop her from committing every episode of “The Brady Bunch” to memory.
2. She Has an Artistic Secret Service Codename
Every member of the President’s family has a codename that the Secret Service use and Michelle’s happens to be “Renaissance”.
1. She’s a Music Fan
Michelle reportedly loves Stevie Wonder and practiced the piano so much as a child that she had to be told to stop.