#WCW: Six things you didn’t know about Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama

America’s First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is one of a kind. She is not only the first African-American First Lady of the US, but also an accomplished lawyer and writer.

Michelle has been instrumental in inspiring women, advocating for higher education, poverty awareness and healthy living.

Before being a mother, wife and global role model – she was Fraser and Marian Robinson’s daughter.

Here are six things you probably did not know about Obama’s wife:

She is considered the “hottest” First Lady

Michelle Obama is the only First Lady who has been listed on American’s Maxim’s World’s 100 Hottest Women. In the 2009 ranking, she came in at 93.

Unlike most other women who featured semi-nude in the magazine, she appeared in one of her trademark sleeveless dresses.

She is one of three America’s First Ladies with graduate degree

Michelle has both beauty and brains. A product of Chicago public schools, she studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met Barack Obama.

The only other U.S first ladies who have degrees are Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush.

She ties for tallest First Lady

Michelle towers over all previous First Ladies except Eleanor Roosevelt, who just like Mrs. Obama stood at 5’ 11”.

Her immediate predecessor, Laura Bush, stood at 5’ 4.5”.

She is the ‘Hugger in Chief’

Michelle has been nicknamed ‘Hugger in Chief’ because of her very affectionate nature.

This attribute definitely separates Michelle from other occupants of the Executive mansion.

Nobody really hugged Jackie Kennedy, and she wasn’t fond of giving giving hugs to others. Pat Nixon detested hugging. Betty Ford did hug, but Rosalyn Carter did not. As for Mrs. Reagan, her hugs were reserved for her husband.

She took her infant child to a job interview

When her second born daughter (Sasha) was four-months-old, Michelle was invited for an interview at the University of Chicago Medical Centre.

Michelle was unable to get a babysitter, so she packed her baby in a stroller and took her along to the interview. The university was impressed by her determination, and gave her the job.

Before dating Obama, she asked her brother to take him to a basketball court

Her father Fraser Robinson and brother, basketball star Craig Robinson, had always told her she could tell a lot about a man’s character on the basketball court.

So, before agreeing to date Barack, she asked her brother to shoot some hoops with him.

Before the ‘court test’, she had turned down Obama saying their relationship back then was purely work-related. She (25) was the associate mentor of Obama (27) at Sidley and Austin law firm in Chicago.

As First Lady, Mrs. Obama has focussed on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping children lead healthier lives, and encouraging young people to fulfill their boundless promise.

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#WCW: Six things you didn’t know about Michelle Obama
Brian Okoth
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