Jun 042013

Michelle, Melia, Barack and Sasha.

What You May, or May Not Know about Michelle Obama.

Michelle is a woman who has impressed me on many levels.  She is clever, witty and classy.  Her caring for poor families, for wiser nutrition habits and for teaching city kids to grow their own vegetables is legend.   She is the first black Afro-American First Lady and someone who all of America should be championing.  Alas, politics and right-wing Republican politics, fail to recognize their gift in this brilliant lawyer and first class person.

Early Beginnings:   Michelle was raised in a one-bedroom apartment in Chicago with a brother, Craig, who was 21 months older.  Parents insisted on the importance of family interaction and a good education.  Dad was a city pump operator and mom was a secretary.  Michelle and Craig slept in the living room that was partitioned by a sheet.


Michelle, Harvard Law School

Education:   Both Michelle and her brother entered Princeton University, but at an early age Michelle was put in gifted classes.  Her brother earned a degree in Sociology. Michelle went on to study at Harvard Law School.  She was an activist, who took part in demonstrations that demanded more minority students and professors.

After Law School:  After law school, Michelle worked as an associate in a law firm in Chicago.  In 1989, she was assigned to be an adviser to a fellow Harvard law graduate on a summer internship. His name was Barack Obama   Barack asked Michelle out on a date, but she declined thinking that dating a fellow worker was not a professional move. Later, she relented.  They dated for two years.   Then, Barack proposed at a meal to celebrate his distinction of passing the bar exam.  th-12The couple married at Trinity United Church of Christ on October 3, 1992.

Career in Pubic Service:   Michelle was assistant to John Daly, Mayor of Chicago.  She held high positions in Chicago Office of Public Allies (a leadership training for young adults) and Chicago universities.  Before her husband became Senator, Michelle held titles such as Dean and Vice President and Chicago Universities.

 Barack’s Star Starts to Rise.  In 2004, Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate.  Michelle cut back her own professional work to be more at home with her two daughters, Malia (born 1998) and Natasha (known as Sasha, born in 2001).

Michelle in the Public Eyes:   She was included in 2006, Essence magazine as one of “25 of the World’s Most Inspiring Women.  The next year, She was honoured as Number 58 in “The Harvard 100,” of the most influential alumni.  For two years in a row, Vanity Fair, picked her to be included in its best dressed

Making a Difference:   th-5 Michelle and Barack have instilled into their daughters the need for a good education and the desire to be of service to others.  Malia and Sasha are invited to give their opinions and their parents listen.  This seems to be the case in Barack supporting same-sex marriage.  He stated that it was the conversation around the dinner table that helped him support gays.  It seems that Malia and Sasha thought it unfair for gays not to be afforded the same rights to marriage as heterosexual persons.
I know that these kids will make a difference and follow the desire to service others seen in the everyday lives of their parents.th-8

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