Michelle Obama: From Chicago's South Side to the White House

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Michelle Obama describes herself first and foremost as being a mom. But she has taken a mighty leap from the South Side of Chicago to presiding over the White House as First Lady. Once employed by a top Chicago law firm - which is where she met Barack Obama - Michelle quickly realized wanted a profession where she could give back to her community. She set up the first public service program for the University of Chicago and was extremely successful recruiting volunteers. She later used her skills in relating to ...

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Overview

Michelle Obama describes herself first and foremost as being a mom. But she has taken a mighty leap from the South Side of Chicago to presiding over the White House as First Lady. Once employed by a top Chicago law firm - which is where she met Barack Obama - Michelle quickly realized wanted a profession where she could give back to her community. She set up the first public service program for the University of Chicago and was extremely successful recruiting volunteers. She later used her skills in relating to people as an avid campaigner during her husband's run for president. As First Lady, Michelle Obama brings intelligence, wit, and warmth to the job. And most important, she still serves as First Mom in Chief.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Michelle Robinson Obama, the wife of President Barack Obama, was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago. She lived with her parents and brother on Chicago's south side. From an early age, education was stressed in the Robinson family. Both Michelle and her brother were excellent students and both graduated from Princeton University. Michelle went on to Harvard Law School, passed the bar exam, and became a lawyer in 1988. A year later she met Barack, who had completed his first year at Harvard Law. They fell in love, married, and had two children. Michelle continued to work while her husband pursued a political career. He won a senate seat in 2004. Three years later, her husband ran for president of the United States. Michelle Obama supported her husband even though she worried how politics would affect their home life. When Barack Obama won the 2008 Presidential election and officially became the new President in 2009, Michelle became America's first African American First Lady. Author Targ Brill has written an informative biography about a successful lawyer, mother, and wife of an American President. Black-and-white and color photographs are included, as well as a time line, glossary, source notes, bibliography, and further reading. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761350330
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Gateway Biographies Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlene Targ Brill has written a number of titles for young adults, among them Tourette Syndrome, Marshall "Major" Taylor: World Champion Bicyclist, 1899-1901, and several titles in The Decades of Twentieth-Century America series. She lives with her husband near Chicago.

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