FLOTUS 43 is inspired by Michelle Obama. I consider her America’s Sweetheart, and to be the most approachable First Ladies in my lifetime. I admire her down to earth style, her beauty and intelligence, devotion to her family and her selfless desire to help others.
FLOTUS 43 is clad in a simple, yet elegant red and white floral dress and beautiful ballet flats that reflect Michelle’s tendency of being both stylish and practical.
She is a devoted wife and mother and helped her daughters navigate the ins and outs, and sometimes harsh criticisms, of being the first African-American First Family of the United States, with class and dignity. During her tenure as First Lady, she supported military families, helped children lead healthier lives, and encouraged all our young people to fulfill their boundless promise.
Wikipedia and her White House profile say that she was born January 17, 1964, to Fraser and Marian Robinson. The Robinsons lived in a brick bungalow on the South Side of Chicago. Her dad, Fraser was a pump operator for the Chicago Water Department, and despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age, he hardly ever missed a day of work. Her mother Marian stayed home to raise Michelle and her older brother Craig.
She attended Chicago public schools and 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 later met Barack Obama, the man who would become the love of her life.
After a few years, Mrs. Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago’s City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.
In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago with a vision of bringing campus and community together. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university’s first community service program, and under her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.
As First Lady, Mrs. Obama worked on the issues close to her heart. Through her bold initiatives she has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education.
In 2010, she launched Let’s Move!, bringing together community leaders, educators, medical professionals, parents, and others in a nationwide effort to address the challenge of childhood obesity.
In 2011, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities.
In 2014, Mrs. Obama launched the Reach Higher Initiative, an effort to inspire young people across America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.
In 2015, Mrs. Obama joined President Obama to launch Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government-wide initiative to help girls around the world go to school and stay in school.
Michelle performed the duties of her office with the same grace and dedication that she used in her personal life. She is also a lawyer and writer, a public speaker, and continues to inspire us to reach for our higher selves