Barack Obama’s whirlwind run for the presidency teetered amid a storm of speculation and praise yet a jaded and oblivious America often directed its attention to the fresh faced, first lady that beaconed from his side. Well defined outside of her husband’s persona, Michelle Obama joined the small minority of black women that have graduated from the prestigous Princeton University after graduating as salutatorian from Chicago’s Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in 1981. The website, biography.com, reports: “Michelle graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1985, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988”. Afterwards, Michelle began her career at Sidley and Austin law firm where she met her husband, Barack Obama. The article, “Campaign ’08: Michelle Obama’s Sidley Austin Years”, details her work at the firm: “Michelle joined Sidley as part of the marketing and intellectual property practice group, handling transactional, antitrust and other matters. She worked on teams that represented AT&T and Union Carbide”. Michelle left the law firm to serve as community leader in Chicago and in several, official positions at The University of Chicago.
Married and single women voters from all walks of life saw an illuminated individualism and strength in the accomplished attorney and community leader that brought balance to the pair. Thus, Michelle Obama has become a straight-bang bobbed heroine in a business suit for many. However, Mrs. Obama’s beginnings were less than incredible. In fact, they were charmingly normal. Born Michelle Lavaughn Robinson on January 17, 1964 to parents, Frasier and Marion Robinson, Michelle was raised on the south side of Chicago in a small, one bedroom apartment, according to biography.com. The website further denotes that Michelle’s father was a city pump operator and a Democratic precinct captain. Her mother was a Spiegel’s secretary and later a stay at home mom to Michelle and her older brother, Craig,
Now a mother, herself, to daughters, Sasha and Malia, Michelle’s meager background and love of family lends to her empathetic stance on the social policies primary in her interest, including supporting military families and The Lets Move project that promotes providing healthier foods in schools. Mrs. Obama has created an image of humility and familiarity in donning her signature Target dresses; her trendsetting, cropped tresses; her beautiful black skin and beaming smile. She is a “blinking” symbol of success; solidarity and cultural and racial progress for this entire nation.