7.Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois.She was raised with hermobama parents, and brother Craig they were brought up reading, and both skipped the second grade. She is the 44th first lady of the United States, her husband is the U.S. President Barack Obama. She is the first African American first lady of the United States. Michelle  Obama went to Princeton University in 1985, and then she went to Harvard Law School in 1988. After she graduated she went to Chicago where she worked at a law firm, she meet Barack Obama and married him on October 3, 1992. Michelle and Barack Obama have two kids named Malia and Sasha. Although she became a mother she didn’t let that put a halt to her career, she became a public service representative in 1991 as an assistant to Mayor Richard Daley. In 1993 she became executive director for the Chicago Office of Public Allies, this group focused on training young adults on pursing their careers. She then became an associate dean of student services for University of Chicago, and started a community service program. She also worked at the University of Chicago Hospitals, as director of community relations and external affairs. She became vice president at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and worked as a member for the prestigious Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Her husband Barack Obama became U.S. Senator in Illinois in 2004, in 2007, her husband decided to run for president of the United States.He won on January 20, 2009 and became the 44th President of the United States.In 2009 with the release of Princess and the Frog  a new line  Barbie dolls were modeled on black women, and Michelle Obama and her daughters had just moved into the White House. The dolls represented a social shift with regards to African American women. 2009 was a significant year for African American women in the United States.President Obama reran for president in 2012, and Michelle Obama got involved in his campaign. She traveled around the county giving speeches on behalf of her husband, and made speeches that would be remembered. President Obama was reelected on November 6,2012, as he gave his speech Michelle and their children stood next to their father. Michelle Obama has made a big impact on the media in different ways, first is how she has become a fashion icon. She was published on Essence magazine, as “25 of the World’s Most inspiring Women.” She also was included in 02138 magazine for number 58 for “The Harvard 100”. She also has appeared in People magazines, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Some of the titles she was featured under were the best dress. Other designers have praised Michelle Obama for her appearance such as Jason Wu, Kate spade, J. Crew, and Thom Browne. Michelle Obama is more then the first lady, she showed the nation how education can make you beautiful, and magazines, designers praised her for this. No longer was she being looked at as being “too dark” to be on the cover of magazine but was sought after to be on the magazines for who she is. Michelle Obama has focused on supporting military families, teaching public schools on the importance of education and volunteer work, encouraging women that they can balance a career and family, and supporting national service.She also has encouraged families to eat health, she changed the White House and what they serve, and encourages elementary schools to plant vegetables. Michelle Obama appeared on Disney Channel encouraging kids to eat healthy, and to be active.Click Here to View She has fought heavily against childhood obesity, she also created a new program for kids called the Let’s Move initiative. She has written a book on eating healthy titled American Grown: The Story of the White house Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. Michelle and Barack Obama have encouraged putting family first, they have fought for the daughters to have a “normal life” and being protected, and educated. Michelle Obama is also portrayed as fun, loving, and likeable. She even was on karaoke carpool, with James Corden.Click Here to View

“…I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” she said. “And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.” Michelle Obama

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “7.Michelle Obama

  1. Michelle Obama has definitely been popular in the media (I saw her face on a magazine at the grocery store yesterday). Did you find that she had more or about the same media coverage as other first ladies in the last few presidencies?

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  2. I knew that Michelle Obama was a well-educated and successful woman, but I had no idea that extend of her career. She is truly an inspiration for young girls of all colors. She really did make the world see that black women can be both educated and beautiful.

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  3. We’ve often talked about in class how race can affect women’s agency/their sphere of influence. Did Michelle Obama’s race expand or restrict her agency as First Lady?

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  4. I admire Michelle Obama so much. What an intelligent, dignified, graceful, warm woman. She is a role model I would choose for my daughter any day. That’s why things like this:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/west-virginia-official-removed-after-calling-michelle-obama-ape-in-heels_us_582aa3a6e4b060adb5701ff8

    the “Ape in heels” incident really get to me. I don’t see how anyone could see Michelle Obama in such a way– let alone someone in an elected position of power (that particular detail scares me).

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  5. Michelle Obama’s involvement in the fight against childhood obesity is very commendable. it effects countless people today and she has put it at the forefront of her work as First Lady. She is so impressive. She faced so many criticisms and I have never seen her be negative.

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  6. Michelle Obama has become so popular for her fashion choices, which in a way is a good thing, because it gets her name and face out there, and helps defy the stereotype that black women can’t be glamorous and elegant and chic. However, sometimes I feel like people focus on her fashion choices to the point that they overshadow al l of her other accomplishments.

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