Portrait of First Lady of the United States: Michelle Obama

FLOTUS Michelle Obama

FLOTUS Michelle Obama

The First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, lives in no one’s shadow. Through her efforts she has made the case to go down as one of the greatest First Ladies that this nation has ever seen. She is smart, effortlessly chic, a leader, an innovator, an attentive mother, a supportive wife, and a proud African American woman. The world has watched her navigate the painful experience of being ridiculed tirelessly, which is in fact a struggle that many African American women can relate to. Yet, she has handled her position with poise and resilience. With that said, she has been an outstanding ambassador for African American women and an inspiration to all women as she continues to shine as a proponent of change and the right hand to the leader of the free world.

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, a Chicago native, made history as the first African American First Lady of the United States of America. During her tenure as First Lady, she has made it her mission to champion education, health, and veteran affairs. The First Lady received her B.A. in sociology from Princeton and law degree from Harvard University, making her one of three First Ladies to have a postgraduate degree.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet people along parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue. Credit: Freddie Allen/NNPA

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet people along parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue. Credit: Freddie Allen/NNPA

Public service is nothing new for First Lady Michelle who spent a great deal of time working in public service after she left corporate law. Her work experience includes working as an assistant to Mayor Richard Daley, working in the non-profit sector as the executive director for a young adult skill development program, and she also developed the University of Chicago’s first community service program while working as the Associate Dean of student services.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a “Joining Forces Veterans Day Luncheon” for military connected women on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Vice President’s residence at the United States Naval Observatory. The First Lady and Dr. Biden paid tribute to the contributions of active duty servicemembers, veterans, military spouses and caregivers attending the event, including two women that were featured in Lifetime’s Women of Honor. Photo by Cheriss May | Howard University News Service

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a “Joining Forces Veterans Day Luncheon” for military connected women on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Vice President’s residence at the United States Naval Observatory. The First Lady and Dr. Biden paid tribute to the contributions of active duty servicemembers, veterans, military spouses and caregivers attending the event, including two women that were featured in Lifetime’s Women of Honor. Photo by Cheriss May | Howard University News Service

Obama has been an integral part of her husband’s political career, from Senate to presidency, having campaigned tirelessly on his behalf. She adopted the nickname ‘The Closer’ after garnering so much success on the campaign trail. In a pivotal moment when President Obama was seeking re-election, First Lady Michelle gave a rousing speech that moved the crowd to tears having said: “If we want to give all of our children a foundation for their dreams, and opportunities worthy of their promise—if we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility, that belief that here in America there is always something better out there if you’re willing to work for it, then we must work like never before and we must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward. My husband. Our President, Barack Obama.”

On Monday, Feb. 8, In the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. youth dancers say goodbye to First Lady Michelle Obama after they performed for the White House Black History Month program. | Photo by Cheriss May, Howard University News Service

On Monday, Feb. 8, In the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. youth dancers say goodbye to First Lady Michelle Obama after they performed for the White House Black History Month program. | Photo by Cheriss May, Howard University News Service

The First Lady has led by example, working hard to launch and maintain initiatives near and dear to her heart at home and abroad. She launched the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, which serves to eradicate childhood obesity. In African American and Hispanic communities, childhood obesity rates soar, which is likely due to the lack of access to healthy food options.

Recognizing this issue, First Lady Michelle has made it her mission to provide healthy food choices for children and important information for parents in schools. She has traveled around the country (with the help of a few celebrity friends) sharing workout tips, dancing with the youth, and discussing at length the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

In an effort to inspire American students to take charge of their future by pursuing higher education beyond high school, the First Lady launched ‘Reach Higher.’

These accomplishments are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how impactful First Lady Michelle Obama has been and how impactful she will be upon leaving the White House. She is an inspirational figure for all women having said: “real meaningful change in communities doesn’t happen from the top down, it happens from the ground up.” She is a relatable person who many women can identify with. Her beauty is beyond surface as she spends her days using her platform to shine a light on difficult issues and be a voice for the voiceless. She commands respect and carries herself with confidence. Seeing as how the first African American family inhabiting the White House revealed the tension that still exists in this country, she managed to navigate race and gender, with grace and dignity while still accomplishing her goals and bridging the bi-partisan gap by tackling common human interests. She, along with her husband President Barack Obama, present a fine example of a healthy marriage and supportive relationship.