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8 Aug

7 Things You Did Not Know About Michelle Obama

 

Her favorite food is French fries

You might not expect it given her penchant for working out and asking everyone to stay in shape, but the First Lady’s favorite snack is French fries. Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the White House and close family friend told CBS about the First Lady’s cravings, saying, “Whenever we’re on the road and we’ve had a long day, we’re looking for a way to have French fries and, if we’ve been really good, then we get to have a cheeseburger to go along with our French fries!”

She gave up $212,000 a year to be First Lady

Michelle Obama gave up her swanky job as VP at UChicago’s hospital to help her husband campaign in 2008. When she left, the Harvard-educated power mom was making $212,000 a year.

She writes her own speeches

The First Lady herself wrote the stump speeches she delivered on the campaign trail and her 2012 Democratic Convention speech. Not only that, but her speeches were good. Even conservative columnist John Podhoretz described her convention speech as a “total knockout.”

She took her infant child to a job interview

When Sasha, now 12, was four-months-old, Obama was offered an interview for an executive position at the University of Chicago Medical Center — only, she couldn’t find a babysitter. So, she packed the newborn up, stuck her in a stroller and took her along to the interview, where Sasha slept through the whole thing. It’s a good think the University of Chicago was as progressive as she hoped they would be. She got the job.

She was Barack’s superior when they met

Michelle and Barack met at Sidley and Austin, a corporate law firm in Chicago, when she was 25 and finishing up her first year as an associate. That summer, she was assigned a 27-year-old summer associate to mentor: her future husband. While she initially declined invitations to go out on a date, saying it would be inappropriate, she eventually caved. The rest is history.

She’s one of only three First Ladies with a graduate degree

Michelle Obama showed how bright she was at an early age, successfully skipping second grade before entering a gifted program in sixth grade. She graduated from a magnet high school as salutatorian before going on to Princeton University and then Harvard Law. She is one of only three first ladies to have a graduate degree (Hillary Clinton also has a J.D., while Laura Bush has a Masters).

She left corporate law to work in the public sector

After working at Sidley and Austin, she went on to found Public Allies Chicago in 1993, an AmeriCorps national service program that provided training to young people pursuing careers in the public sector, before eventually working for the University of Chicago’s University Medical Center.

 

 

Source: Policy.Mic/ mic.com

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