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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Mrs. Michelle Obama! 10 Things To Know About Our Fantastic First Lady!

Today our fabulous FLOTUS Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama celebrates her birthday! 
Lady O made history when she moved into the White House with her husband Pres. Barack Obama three years ago, but has lived in pursuit of excellence, community activism and scholarship for 48 years. 

How well do you know Sasha and Malia's Mom? To celebrate her special day I'm sharing 10 interesting facts about the First Lady.

10. Mrs. Obama was born in Chicago , IL to Frasier Robinson III, who worked the swing shift in the boiler room at a water purification plant; her mother, Marian Shields, was a stay-at-home mom until her two children were grown. The family lived in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment; she and her older brother Craig shared the living room, which had been separated by dividers. Craig is currently a Men's Basketball Coach at Oregon State University.

9. The Robinson and Shields families can trace their roots to pre-Civil War African Americans in the American South. Specifically, her roots can be traced to the Gullah people from South Carolina's Lowcountry region.

8. Michelle majored in sociology at Princeton University, after she graduated from Whitney Young High School. She is also a Harvard Law School graduate.

7. She was a young lawyer and assigned to be Barack's mentor when her future husband came to her Chicago firm, Sidley Austin,  for a summer job.

6.  FLOTUS hates pantyhose - too "painful" she says.

5. On their first date Barack took her to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing.

4.  At 5 ft 11 ins, she is tied with Eleanor Roosevelt for tallest First Lady.

3. Lauded for her sense of style and fit appearance "Chelly O" is on her way to becoming a fashion icon. She appeared on the cover and in a photo spread in the March 2009 issue of Vogue. Every First Lady since Lou Hoover (except Bess Truman) has been in Vogue, but only Hillary Clinton had previously appeared on the cover.

2. After a year as First Lady, she undertook her first lead role in an administration-wide initiative. Her goal was to make progress in reversing the 21st century trend of childhood obesityShe has named the movement "Let's Move!She has earned widespread publicity on the topic of healthy eating by planting the first White House vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt served as first lady.

1. First Lady Michelle Obama was the class of 2011 commencement speaker at Spelman College and received an honorary doctorate of laws degree by the all women historically black institution's president, Beverly D. Tatum.

Happy Birthday to FLOTUS, my fellow Chicagoan and Spelman sister! You are an inspiration!






ORR007 said...

This was a much better way to commemorate Chelly O's bday than that email from Jill THANK YOU DEANNA! I met M.O. at a fundraiser in 2007 and I was complaining about working at a law firm. She said, "I totally understand..regardless of what happens with 'this,' we should talk." O how I wish I could hold her to that!!

ShoMommy said...

Next time you have to lock in that cell number. Now she is someone I'd like to have on speed dial! Thanks for reading and commenting. XOXOXO

Lady MGA said...

I love it. I wished her happy b-day and signed the card. Enjoyed your comments.

Funmilayo said...

Great info Deanna! & Happy Belated birthday to Lady Michelle!