Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Real Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is a lawyer and the wife of Illinois senator Barack Obama, who is a candidate for the 2008 Democratic Party nomination for United States President.

She was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois and then educated at Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She returned to Chicago after completing her formal education to work for the law firm Sidley Austin, on the staff of the Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Hospitals.

She met Barack when he came to work for Sidley Austin. The Obamas live on Chicago's South Side in Cook County, Illinois, United States, choosing to remain in Chicago rather than moving to Washington, D.C. In January of this year she gave up a $200,000 a year job to become what some would perceive as Barack's closest adviser.

Michelle Robinson was born to Frasier Robinson (who died in 1990), a city water plant employee and Democratic precinct captain, and Marian Robinson, a secretary at Spiegel's catalog store and unlike her husband Obama, she was raised in a conventional two-parent home where the family convened around the dinner table nightly. She and her brother, Craig (who is 16 months older), skipped the second grade. She went on to major in sociology and minor in African American studies at Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude with an Artium Baccalaureus in 1985. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.

She met Barack Obama when they were the only two African Americans at their law firm and she was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate. Their relationship started with a business lunch and then a community organization meeting where he first impressed her. The couple's first date was to the Spike Lee movie Do The Right Thing. The couple married in October 1992, and they have two daughters, Malia Ann (born 1999) and Natasha (known as Sasha) (born 2001). Her brother Craig was the 4th leading scorer in Princeton University's men's basketball history, and is now Brown University's men's basketball coach.

With the ascent of her husband as a prominent national politician, she has become a part of pop culture. In May 2006, Essence magazine listed her among "25 of the World's Most Inspiring Women." In July 2007, Vanity Fair magazine listed her among "10 of the World's Best Dressed People." In September 2007, 02138 magazine listed her 58th of "The Harvard 100," a list of the prior year's most influential Harvard alumni. Her husband was ranked 4th.
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Now, here's one of my poems that loves politics:

Such A Halo!

At night,
there's birds in the violin music
and both can be habit-forming.

The birds use cups when they
want a sip from the Big Dipper.

The violin music has lived only
on sound for the last ten years.

As for me, I think I'd settle for
just being an ordinary bladder
if it meant I could masquerade
as a tree or a shabby coat no
one would want to steal.

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