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The Connector - Tribute to Black Women - Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

The First Lady


Beauty, brains and boldness are three words that describe the First Lady of the United States of America.  Michelle Obama radiates all these qualities and more.  

Born on the southside of Chicago, Ill., on January 17, 1964, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson fought against the odds. Who would have thought that young black girl from the southside of Chicago would meet the challenge by attending Princeton University and  graduating cum laude.   How about following that up with a Law degree from Harvard University.  

It was at a law firm in Chicago, she would meet Barack Obama, first as his supervisor and later she would become his wife in 1992.  Barack Obama will eventually become the first African American president in the history of America.

Michelle had her own milestones; first, working at some upscale Chicago law firms and later pursuing a career in public service.

Her venture into the political arena started as an assistant to Mayor Daley and later as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development to the City of Chicago.

In 1993,  she became the Executive Director for the Chicago Office of Public Allies helping youth develop their skills for public office.  Michelle went on to become a Associate Dean for the University of Chicago where she developed the school's first community service program.

Michelle constantly and moving onward would become the  Executive Director of Community Relations and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals.  By 2005, she was appointed vice president.

In 2005 Michelle was featured in Essence magazine as one the 25 most inspiring women.  She has been featured in Vanity Fair as one of "best dressed" list for two years in row as well as being featured in People's magazine  best dressed list.

Mother of two, Malia born 1998 and Natasha born 2001, Michelle made commitment not only to support her husband in his bid for president but to be there for their daughters.

While campaigning for President Obama's second term, she spoke in Philadelphia in June 2012.  

"It all boils down to one simple question, will we continue the change we began and progress we've made.    Or will we let everything we fought for slip away." said Michelle.

Later in August 2012 at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle stated," Every day the people I meet inspire me.  Every day they make me proud.  Everyday they make me realize how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth...Serving as the first lady is a honor and privlege.  

Michelle Obama is the 44th First Lady of United States of America, during her tenure she has focused on healthy lifestyles for all Americans, supported of military families and advocated for supporting working mothers balance their careers and family obligations.

In 2009, she worked with fifth graders to plant 1,100 square foot garden filled with fresh vegetables in White house garden.

She also started the "Let's Move" initiative fighting obesity in young children.


Michele is the perfect soulmate for the president, providing rational and intelligent support, encouragement and inspiration for a president facing economic crisises, an unyielding oppositional party and a immortal legacy.  

 Michelle Obama is a presence in the world, she represents the quintessence of African American female; committed, supportive, professional and powerful innovative.

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