Who was America's first African-American First Lady?
January 2009 saw many very
historical changes for the United States. Of course, it began with the
inauguration of the first African-American United States President, Barack Obama
which also resulted in another title seeing historical prominence – that title
of First Lady, which now saw the first African-American woman stepping into the
role. That woman of course, was Michelle Obama who would quickly become
scrutinized and loved by the American public.
Michelle Obama is the wife of the 44th President of
the United States, Barack Obama. She has held the title ever since her husband
took the office of the Presidency on January 20, 2009. Michelle Obama grew up on
the south side of Chicago and attended Princeton University and Harvard Law
School. Once she had completed her schooling she returned to Chicago and
accepted a position with Sidley Austin, a prominent law firm. It was while
working here that she would meet her future husband, Barack Obama, who also
worked at the firm.
When her husband first entered politics, and even
when he first started on the campaign trail for the presidency, Michelle Obama
wasn’t very interested in being on the campaign trail with him mostly because
she thought she still needed to stay close to their two daughters, Malia Ann and
Natasha, more commonly known as Sasha. Throughout the election process and
preliminaries, Michelle’s role became more active and she became a regular face
at fundraisers, door knocking along the trail, and even speaking at major events
such as the Democratic National Convention. Michelle Obama is known for her
public speaking appearances as being very honest and off-the-cuff as she often
speaks without referring to any notes.
Just like her husband is often compared to John
Fitzgerald Kennedy, Michelle Obama is often compared to Jacqueline Kennedy for
her style sense. She has been seen on Vanity Fair’s list of best dressed people
twice and her wardrobe is often the topic of many gossip columns and newspapers
throughout the nation. Like most First Ladies, Michelle Obama is part of the
American culture and is someone who is looked up to as a very prominent, and
very historical, public figure.
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