Meet Michelle Obama, wife of Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.

Michelle Obama has been viewed as an asset and a liability to her husband’s candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. She is not a wall flower. She has made statements that have been interpreted as being anti-American (‘for the first time in my adult life I’m proud of my country’) and her views on race relations have been a point of much debate. She has stated that she doesn’t worry about her husband’s security because being a black man in America is inherently dangerous. Her senior thesis at Princeton has been evaluated and many view it as having racist undertones.

“Earlier in my college career, there was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the Black community I was somehow obligated to this community and would use all of my present and future resources to benefit this community first and foremost. … with the increasing integration of Blacks into the mainstream society, many “integrated Blacks�? have lost touch with the Black culture in their attempts to become adjusted and comfortable in their new culture – the White culture.”

There are rumors of a videotape of her speaking at the Obama’s controversial church and making racist statements. When she posed for the photo above, she was quoted as saying, ‘I’m Camelot with a tan’. As the controversies around her have heightened, she has taken a less public role in the Obama campaign.

Michelle Obama is beautiful, intelligent, elegant and a staunch supporter of her husband. Aside from her obvious assets, she is generally regarded as strong willed, outspoken and independent.

Michelle Obama Biography

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. She was raised on the south side of Chicago as the youngest of two children with an older brother, Craig. Her parents, Marian and Fraser Robinson, raised their family in a one bedroom apartment. The living room was divided down the middle to serve as Michelle’s bedroom. They were working class people with a strong work ethic and sense of community. Her father lived with multiple sclerosis and had a limp and used crutches. His illness did not affect his ability to work as a city pump operator and Democratic precinct captain. Her mother stayed at home with the children until they were all in high school. Michelle’s father died in 1991, her mother still lives in the same apartment in which Michelle was raised.

Both Michelle and Craig excelled in school. They both skipped grades due to their performance and were placed in gifted classes. Her brother, Craig Robinson, has gone on to be an Ivy League basketball coach at Brown University. Michelle was an honor graduate of Princeton and graduated from Harvard Law School.

Michelle Obama started her career as a corporate lawyer specializing in marketing and intellectual property. After her father’s death in 1991, she entered public sector. She has been an assistant to Chicago mayor Richard M. Daly and worked in Chicago city government. In 1993, she founded Public Allies Chicago, a non-profit geared towards helphing young adults learn leadership skills for public service careers. She joined the University of Chicago as an associate dean of student services in 1996. In 2005, she was appointed to serve in her current position at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Michelle met Barack Obama when she was employed as a corporate attorney with the law firm Sidley Austin. They married in 1992 and have two daughters, 9-year-old Malia and 6-year-old Sasha. The family has continued living in Chicago rather moving to Washington D.C. when Barack Obama was elected Senator, to accommodate Michelle’s career with the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Michelle Obama – Video

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