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Obama remembered, "Everything that I think about and do is shaped around the life that I lived in that little apartment in the bungalow my father worked so hard to provide for us." As kids, Obama's parents pushed her and brother Craig to do well in school.
They excelled immediately, skipping second grade, with Obama being chosen for a gifted program in her elementary school. Young Magnet High School, Chicago's "first public high school for high achievers", according to the New York Times, which she had to travel an hour on the bus to attend.
In a 2009 TED Talk for an audience of students, Obama rallied, "I never cut class. He continued, "On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb.
I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate." After dating for three years, the Obamas wed in 1992, holding their reception at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. And if you can do all that, and you're willing to be flexible with me because I will get the job done, I can work hard on a flexible schedule.' I was very clear.
And then went on to earn her law degree from Harvard University in 1988. He told Oprah about his first impression, "I remember being struck by how tall and beautiful she was.
This is a woman whose parents never went to college, yet instilled in her the desire to keep learning. She, I have since learned, was pleasantly surprised to see that my nose and ears weren't quite as enormous as they looked in the photo I'd submitted for the firm directory." He asked multiple times before she ever agreed to a date.
On Saturdays, Michelle cleaned the bathroom, scrubbing the sink and toilet and mopping the floor," reported.
And now that she calls The White House home, she's passing on the tradition of responsibility to daughters Malia and Sasha, who were just 10 and 7 when they moved in.
#Make College Affordable #Throwback Thursday #TBT A photo posted by First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Obama shared with a group of Washington high school students the story of how she once informed her high school teachers she wanted to apply to Princeton: "Get this," she told the kids, "[I was told that] I was setting my sights too high." Not only did the National Honors Society student get in to Princeton University, she graduated cum laude in 1985. In 1988, she was put in charge of mentoring a summer intern: 26-year-old Barack Obama.
Proponents for wage-equality suggest starting with the First Lady, who is responsible for managing a staff and directing a wide range of programs, while carrying heavy diplomatic, business and social responsibilities.
"We thought COO was the best job category to describe what the first lady does," James Pedderson of executive placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas described.
She is both the former First Lady of the United States of America, and someone you imagine should definitely be your BFF.
Whether she's speaking to students, the military, or celebrity attendees of a White House gala, she somehow appears to be talking specifically to each of us. She once said, "Nothing in my life's path would have predicted that I'd be standing here as the first African-American First Lady of the United States of America.