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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is a lawyer, writer and the wife of former U.S. President Barack Obama. Prior to her role as first lady, she was a lawyer, Chicago city administrator and community-outreach worker.
Who Is Michelle Obama?

Michelle Obama is a lawyer and writer who was the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is the wife of the 44th U.S. president, Barack Obama. As first lady, Michelle focused her attention on social issues such as poverty, healthy living and education. Her 2018 memoir, Becoming, discusses the experiences that shaped her, from her childhood in Chicago to her years living in the White House.

Early Life

Michelle was born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. Michelle’s father, Fraser Robinson, was a city-pump operator and a Democratic precinct captain.

Her mother, Marian, was a secretary at Spiegel’s but later stayed home to raise Michelle and her older brother, Craig. At just 21 months apart in age, Craig and Michelle a were often mistaken for twins.

The Robinson family lived in a small bungalow on Chicago’s South Side. Michelle and Craig shared quarters, sleeping in the living room with a sheet serving as a makeshift room divider.

They were a close-knit family, typically sharing meals, reading and playing games together.

Michelle Obama on book tour encourages girls at London school

LONDON: Michelle Obama on Monday returned to a London school she had visited as US first lady encouraging students to "practice sisterhood" as she presented a new memoir of her life. Obama is in the British capital to promote her hotly-anticipated book, "Becoming", which has already sold more copies than any other book published in the United States this year. She told some 300 students -- mostly girls aged between 11 and 18 -- at a north London school that her past visit there as first lady in 2009 had inspired her to…

Michelle memoir sells two million copies in two weeks

It's the talk of the town, the publishing phenomenon of the fall and now Michelle Obama's memoir has sold more than two million copies in North America in two weeks. Penguin Random House announced the sales figures in Canada and the United States for the first 15 days after "Becoming" was released on November 13. The hardcover edition of the book has sold more copies than any other book published in the United States in 2018, according to NDP BookScan data. Being published in 31 languages, the memoir is also a…

Michelle Obama slams Trump in new book

WASHINGTON: Former US first lady Michelle Obama says she can "never forgive" Donald Trump for questioning her husband's American citizenship, saying the president and other "birthers" put her family at risk, in her hotly anticipated new memoir. Obama also says she was surprised that so many American women voted for the "misogynist" Trump over Hillary Clinton, "an exceptionally qualified female candidate," in the 2016 election. The book, "Becoming," hits stores on Tuesday. Obama, 54, will head out on a multi-city arena…

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix production deal

LOS ANGELES: Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service announced on Monday. The former first couple have launched Higher Ground Productions to produce a variety of content for the video streamer, possibly including scripted series, documentaries and features. "One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them…