She was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, and subsequently worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Michelle Obama is the sister of Craig Robinson, men's basketball coach at Oregon State University. She met Barack Obama when he joined Sidley Austin. After his election to the U.S. Senate, the Obama family
Michelle Obama shares her family's quarantine routine
"We're just trying to structure our days," the former first lady said. "Everyone's here the girls are back since colleges are online, so they're off in their respective rooms doing their online classes. I think Barack is I don't know where he is. He was on the phone on a conference call; I just got finished with a conference call... We're just trying to keep a routine going, but we've also got a little Netflix and chilling happening."
DeGeneres jokingly expressed her "condolences" to Obama, who had recently talked about enjoying being an empty-nester with Malia at Harvard and Sasha at the University of Michigan.
Oprah and Michelle Obama Are in a League of Their Own With Blockbuster Speaking Tours
Before launching Oprah Talks COVID-19 on her OWN Network, Oprah Winfrey went on a speaking tour to kick off the new decade. Oprah�s 2020 Vision played nine dates around the U.S., with more than 120,000 in attendance. And while she could not have possibly envisioned the reality that has befallen 2020, she was still able to impart some meaningful insight onto sold-out arena crowds alongside a different celebrity moderator in each city.
Final figures for Obama's 2019 tour were not reported in full, but based on the select submissions sent to Billboard Boxscore, she averaged $1.595 million and 13,176 tickets per night. That attendance figure is only 1.5% short of Winfreys, who paced 13,375 tickets per show. With a significantly higher average ticket, Oprah scaled to $2.1 million per show, leading Obama by 31% in nightly earnings. Obama's tour was far more widespread, bringing her to 31 North American cities, plus six stops in Europe. Billboard estimates that the full tour finished in the range of $55 million to $60 million.
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Transcript: Michelle Obama's Convention Speech
I can't tell you how much it means to have Craig and my mom here tonight. Like Craig, I can feel my dad looking down on us, just as I've felt his presence in every grace-filled moment of my life.
And he's been there for me every step of the way since that clear February day 19 months ago, when with little more than our faith in each other and a hunger for change we joined my husband, Barack Obama, on the improbable journey that's brought us to this moment.
Michelle Obama opens up about accepting her body despite criticism from men
Even Michelle Obama struggles to feel good about her body sometimes. In a recent discussion with Oprah Winfrey, the former first lady talked about fighting societal expectations as she gets older.
Its not the first time Obama has publicly discussed the issue of body image. The mother of two daughters herself, she recalled hearing them complain about not fitting into old clothes.
Michelle Obama Just Shared Her Throwback Prom Photo for an Important Reason
Michelle Obama on How Her and Barack's Relationship Has Changed Since Their Daughters Went to College
Michelle Obama's life as First Lady of the United States is informed by her early life, growing up as the daughter of a pump operator for the Chicago water department. Though money was tight, her parents emphasized education and possibility for their two brilliant children. Both kids went to Princeton (her older brother, Craig Robinson, was a bond trader, then become a much-respected basketball coach at Brown and now Oregon State University); Michelle went on to Harvard Law School, and returned to Chicago to do corporate law at the firm where she met her future husband, Barack Obama. She left corporate law to become a civil servant, working in planning, social outreach and administration with the city of Chicago, AmeriCorps and the University of Chicago Medical Center.
While Michelle Obama's personal focus is on raising her own two children, Malia and Sasha, in the glare of White House life, her outward focus, as First Lady, revolves around issues of education and work-life balance; she's a passionate supporter of working mothers and for global education of women and girls. She's helping to lead the drive for national service, encouraging Americans to volunteer in their own communities. Follow her on Snapchat at @michelleobama.
Michelle Obama An exclusive look at how the First Lady mastered social media
By the fall of 2014, "Turn Down for What," Lil Jon and DJ Snake's triple-platinum trap-meets-EDM single, had swallowed pop culture whole. Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright were dancing to it on The Tonight Show; Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum posed while it blared on the soundtrack of 22 Jump Street; across YouTube, teens and kittens bobbed their heads along. Spin called it "an undeniable force."
For decades, social initiatives have been a mainstay of the First Lady's office: for Lady Bird Johnson, it was the environment; for former librarian Laura Bush, literacy. Over the last seven years, Mrs. Obama has focused on four major initiatives: Reach Higher, for teens pursuing higher learning; Let's Move!, to fight childhood obesity; Let Girls Learn, for educating women and girls around the world; and Joining Forces, for aiding veterans and their families.
Michelle Obama Surprises Ellen with a Birthday Message
Ellen was surprised with a special video message from her friend, former First Lady Michelle Obama! Plus, Ellen showed a preview of Mazed and Confused, from the new episode of Game of Games.