Michelle Obama was born and raised in Chicago.She grew up in an apartment in the city’s South Side .
The South Side of Chicago is a working class and there are pockets where crime in present and neighborhoods are tough, according to the Answers.com.
She had little time to get involved in neighborhood shenanigans, however, since her parents instilled the importance of education from a very early age.
She was born Michelle Robinson to Fraser and Marian Robinson on Jan 17, 1964.
Her father worked for the city and her mother, Marian, worked as a secretary before becoming a stay-at-home-mom.
Michelle has one brother Craig who is older than she is by almost two years to whom she remains very close.
Michelle Obama said her childhood was a happy one as part of a close family that spent a lot of time together.
They all lived together in a one-bedroom apartment and she and her brother reportedly shared the living room to sleep at night.
Michelle’s parents taught her and brother the importance of education from a very early age, which paid off because Michelle Obama was considered a gifted student at a very early age.
She attended elementary school in Chicago’s public school system.
She reportedly also skipped second grade. She graduated high school in 1981 from Whitney MYoung Magnet High School, a school created for children that were considered “gifted.”
Michelle Obama had been attending gifted classes since she was 12.
She graduated from high school as salutatorian of her class.
Upon high school graduation, Michelle Obama set her sights on Princeton, the same Ivy League school her brother was attending.
She was admitted to Princeton and chose African American studies and sociology as her undergraduate focus.
She graduated from Princeton with honors in 1985. She then went on to attend law school at Harvard University, which she completed in 1988.
Once she finished her law degree and passed the Illinois State Bar, Michelle Obama moved back to Chicago to work as a lawyer for a large firm.
It was at the firm she met her future husband Barack.
She first denied his advances, as she was technically his boss when he was an intern at the firm.
She eventually obliged and the pair dated for two years before getting married Oct.3, 1992.
Michelle Obama first worked as a lawyer for the corporate firm Sidley and Austin in Chicago.
She said the work was not her true calling and she instead went to work for the city as the mayor’s assistant.
She held other positions for the city, headed a nonprofit called Public Allies, became dean of student services at the University of Chicago and worked for the University of Chicago Hospitals and Medical Center before becoming First Lady.
Michelle Obama was no stranger to politics when she and her husband launched his presidential bid in 2008.
She had encountered politics on the city level when working for the mayor and helping her husband run a successful congressional bid in 2004.
Michelle avoids placing labels on personal her politics, but has proven to be outspoken of women’s roles at work and in the home.
Michelle the 1st Lady.
After Barack Obama’s election in 2008, Michelle said publicly her focus as First Lady would be the transition of the couple’s two school-aged daughters.
Her mother, Marian, moved to Washington D.C. with the couple to help.
Even with her family as her primary focus, Michelle has proven to be an outspoken and strong First Lady, launching her own initiatives both on the White House grounds and across the country.
Once in the White House, and after her daughters transitioned to their new schools, Michelle Obama launched her first initiative as First Lady.
She has remained a strong supporter of organic food and healthy eating movement.She has remained a strong supporter of organic food and healthy eating movement.