How Did Barack Obama Meet His Wife?

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Barack Obama met his wife Michelle in 1989 when he interned at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, where Michelle Robinson was an associate assigned to mentor Obama. The future president and first lady married in 1992.

According to, Sidley Austin assigned Michelle to mentor Barack since they both attended Harvard Law School. The two began seeing each other socially during Barack’s internship, and after he went back to Massachusetts to continue his Harvard education, the pair continued the relationship despite the distance. While Barack was initially hesitant towards Michelle’s suggestions of marriage, he proposed to Michelle in Chicago in 1991.