Chicago-born, a lawyer with degrees from Princeton and Harvard, “mom-in-chief” of Malia and Sasha and the first African-American First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama gave a speech to the Democratic Convention opening audience on Tuesday night holding up Barack Obama as her man and theirs.
She said: “Let me tell you: today I love my husband even more than I did four years ago – even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met. Let me tell you why. See, I love that he has never forgotten how he started. I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he’s going to do, even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard!”
Campaigning for him to get the job, she said they both believed “that you do what you say you’re going to do.”
Later compared both to Jacky Kennedy for style, and Barbara Bush for decorum, on the campaign trail some in the media had started out with the label “angry black woman” for the former community outreach worker.
Michelle adjusted, and so did the media. She committed to causes such as assisting poor, military and working families, and the public also warmed to her. She became a role model.
But the goal she held closest to heart was working against childhood obesity and fostering healthy eating and living.
She took the goals seriously, spread respect, kept her sense of humour and practised what she preached – with a little schtick thrown in but also real muscle.
Michelle was worried how life in the public spotlight might affect her family, but they worked it out.
The girls pressed for a first dog and were rewarded, while being told they would have to pick up after Bo as they grew up together.
Michelle’s Chicago childhood, with her parents and older brother, she presents as a close-knit happy one – in a one-bedroom apartment.
Now if she isn’t just down the hall from the Oval Office you might find her in Buckingham Palace.
Or Downing Street.
Keeping Barack company.
Still going strong.