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Granddaughter of Slaves to be First Lady of USA

2008-11-10 21:00:39

This is the story of Michelle Obama, the soon-to-be First Lady of the United States of America and the great-great granddaughter of a slave from South Carolina.

Michelle Obama is an extremely well educated, intelligent and competent black woman and it was a great source of pride for me to see her step into the White House yesterday beside her husband President-elect Barack Obama, along with President George W. Bush, and First Lady Laura Bush who had invited them for a visit to what will be their new home come 20th January 2009.

You can also see the Michelle Obama family tree here...

Nuff Respect, Bajan.

Michelle Obama

[PHOTO: Michelle Obama, October 2008]

Born: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, January 17, 1964 (1964-01-17) (age 44), Chicago, Illinois

Residence: Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: American

Education: A.B. in sociology, cum laude; J.D.

Alma mater: Princeton University, Harvard Law School

Occupation: Attorney

Religious beliefs: Protestant (UCC)

Spouse(s): Barack Obama (m. 1992)

Children: Malia Ann and Sasha

Parents: Fraser Robinson and Marian Shields

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American attorney and the wife of Barack Obama, who is the President-elect of the United States and Senator from Illinois. She will be the first African-American to become the First Lady of the United States. Her assigned Secret Service codename is "Renaissance".

She was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, and subsequently worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Michelle Obama is the sister of Craig Robinson, men's basketball coach at Oregon State University. She met Barack Obama when he joined Sidley Austin. After his election to the U.S. Senate, the Obama family continued to live on Chicago's South Side, choosing to remain there rather than moving to Washington, D.C.

See also: Michelle Robinson's family tree

Michelle Robinson was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois to Fraser Robinson (who died in 1991), a city water plant employee and Democratic precinct captain, and Marian Shields Robinson, a secretary at Spiegel's catalog store. Michelle can trace her roots to pre-Civil War African Americans in the American South; her paternal great-great grandfather, Jim Robinson, was an American slave in the state of South Carolina, where some of her family still resides. She grew up in the South Shore community area of Chicago, and was raised in a conventional two-parent home. The family ate meals together and also entertained together as a family by playing games such as Monopoly and by reading. She and her brother, Craig (who is 16 months older), skipped the second grade. Michelle attended Whitney Young High School, where she was on the honor roll four years, took advanced placement classes, was a member of the National Honor Society and served as student council treasurer. She was a high school classmate of Santita Jackson, the daughter of Jesse Jackson and sister of Jesse Jackson, Jr. She graduated from high school in 1981, and went on to major in sociology and minor in African American studies at Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985.

At Princeton, she challenged the teaching methodology for French because she felt that it should be more conversational. As part of her requirements for graduation, she wrote a thesis entitled, "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community." She obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. While at Harvard, she participated in political demonstrations advocating the hiring of professors who are members of minorities. Barack and Michelle Obama.

She met Barack Obama when they were among very few African Americans at their law firm (she has sometimes said only two, others have pointed out there were others in different departments) and she was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate. Their relationship started with a business lunch and then a community organization meeting where he first impressed her. The couple's first date was to the Spike Lee movie Do the Right Thing. The couple married in October 1992, and they have two daughters, Malia Ann (born 1998) and Natasha (known as Sasha) (born 2001). Throughout her husband's 2008 campaign for President of the United States, she has made a "commitment to be away overnight only once a week, to campaign only two days a week and be home by the end of the second day" for their two children.

She once requested that Barack, who was then her fiancee, meet her prospective boss, Valerie Jarrett, when considering her first career move. Now, Jarrett is one of her husband's closest advisors. Early in the presidential race, Michelle Obama did not portray herself as an advisor to her husband. In fact, she was quoted in interviews saying "My job is not a senior advisor."

According to an Obama interview on the 2008 season premier of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the couple does not intend to have any more children.

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