FLOTUS Michelle Obama Turns 50

"One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don't invest any energy in them, because I know who I am."  First Lady Michelle Obama
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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, an American lawyer and writer, is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

What Has She Accomplished? As the old saying goes "Behind a great man, there is a great woman." I believe it is safe to say that President Obama is able to wake up each day and do his job because he has a wonderful woman by his side. Michelle Obama is amazing wife, mother, and role model. She came from humble beginnings in Chicago and persevered in the legal profession.

Michelle is a very bright woman she skipped the second grade. Attended Whitney Young High School the city of Chicago's first magnet school.  While attending Whitney Young  High School she took advanced classes, a member of the National Honor Society, and served as student council treasurer. She graduated as salutatorian in 1981. She was inspired by her older brother to attend Princeton University.

While attending Princeton Michelle challenged the teaching methodology for French because she believed the language should be more conversational. She wrote a thesis entitled "Princeton-Educated Blacks in the Black Community." She became involved with Carl A Fields Center formerly known as, Third World Center an academic and cultural group that supported marginalized students. At Princeton her major was Sociology and her minor was African American Studies and graduate cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in 1985.  She earned her Juris Doctor  law degree three years later at Harvard University. During her time at Harvard she became engaged in social and civic activities such as advocating for faculty diversity and worked for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, which assisted low-income tenants housing cases.

Legal Career: After graduating from law school, she was an associate at the Chicago Office of the law firm Sidley Austin where she met her husband President Barack Obama. As a lawyer at the firm she worked on marketing and intellectual property. By 1991 she held public sector positions in Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago, as well as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development.

Toni's Thoughts: First Lady Michelle Obama  has a laundry list of accomplishments and I was not able to name them all. Although I will say no human being is perfect but she is an excellent role model for all women and especially African American women. Happy Birthday I wish you many more.


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