January 17, 1964
Obama became the first African-American first lady — and only the third with a postgraduate degree.
Obama co-founded the Joining Forces program to expand educational and employment options for veterans.
She appeared on the cover of Vogue for the third time and once again won praise for her timeless sense of style.
A quote: "Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope I've made you proud."
Obama's book "Becoming" told the story of her Chicago roots as well as her time in the White House. The memoir sold over 1.4 million copies in its first week.
Why We Love Michelle Obama
It's impossible to read Michelle Obama's memoir and not come away ready to make a difference, whether in your own life or somebody else's. She shows us nothing is impossible, even when every odd is stacked against you.
She's more than just "Mrs. Obama"
Michelle never wanted to be solely known as the President's wife, but as someone who made the most of her time in the position she was in, and helped as many people as she could. In that way, she was more than just the first lady, but an icon of her own.
She's not afraid to have fun
From her appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to the time she told James Corden during Carpool Karaoke "This is the Oval Office, my husband is in there somewhere...well he'd better be, that's where he said he was," Michelle Obama knows how to have a good time, not take herself too seriously, all while still conveying a charitable message of great importance. She's basically, what you'd call, amazing.
5 Inspiring Michelle Obama Facts
President Obama called her "my rock" and regularly asked for advice on important matters.
Meet the female gladiator
Obama loves to work out so much that she earned the nickname "female gladiator" among her friends.
She likes to work for the people
She gave up a high-profile career in corporate law to work in public service because she wanted to change lives.
Barack had to play basketball to date her
As a test she asked Barack Obama to play basketball with her brother before deciding to date him. That's because her father used to say that you can tell a lot about a person by observing them on the court!
She loves french fries
She loves healthy food, but occasionally indulges in not-so-healthy food!
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