Who Is Michelle Obama?

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As of 2014, Michelle Obama is best known as the First Lady of the United States of America. She is a lawyer by trade and has worked in public service in a number of different roles.

Michelle Obama's maiden name is Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, and she was born in Chicago in 1964. She attended Princeton University, majoring in sociology, and went on to earn a law degree at Harvard.

She met eventual husband, Barack Obama, while working at the law firm Sidley Austin. They were married in October of 1992. She went on to work in Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. She also worked as the Associate Dean of Student Services for the University of Chicago and as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals. She served as a member of the board of directors of Walmart supplier TreeHouse Foods, but stepped down from the position after her husband criticized Walmart during a 2007 speech.

Obama became First Lady after her husband's election as president of the United States in 2008. Their respective current positions last only until 2016, due to term limits.