Growing up, "Michelle's parents limited their children to one hour of television a day and made them do chores.

On Saturdays, Michelle cleaned the bathroom, scrubbing the sink and toilet and mopping the floor," reported.

I told my boss, 'This is what I have: two small kids. "We thought COO was the best job category to describe what the first lady does," James Pedderson of executive placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas described.

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I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate." After dating for three years, the Obamas wed in 1992, holding their reception at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Not only did she make history as the first black FLOTUS, but she also threw open the doors of the White House to others as well.

But back when the bride was growing up in the same neighborhood 20 years prior, the then-South Shore in 1984, just as the club had received a renovation in structure and inclusiveness: "Remember that this was a private club in its time and if you were black or Jewish, forget about it." At her wedding, Michelle Obama stunned in an of-the-moment off-the-shoulder gown, drop pearl and crystal earrings, with a groom who couldn't stop smiling. She shared her tough negotiating strategy with , "I took my last job [before my husband entered the White House] because of my boss's reaction to my family situation. "We feel privileged, and we feel a responsibility to make it feel like the people's house," she told .

That didn't change with his hand on the Lincoln Bible." She continued, "But it doesn't mean I don't appreciate the gravity of what he's doing.

The way I can honor that is by working by his side and adding value to what he's doing in any way that I can. That's why I'm out there trying to be an aid and a support to his vision and his values.

She revealed their vows to Before she moved into the White House, Michelle Obama was still working as an attorney, and made a point to negotiate fair work flexibility for raising her two young girls — all while her husband was running for the U. I didn't have a babysitter, so I took Sasha right in there with me in her crib and her rocker. "This house belongs to America." According to White House protocol, once she vacates the position, Obama's official portrait will be hung in first position, bumping all other FLOTUS portraits one position to the side, Michelle Obama was "a Princeton- and Harvard-educated lawyer who was forced to give up her career as a hospital executive with a $250,000-plus salary when Mr. While her husband has raked in $400,000 a year on the presidential salary, not including a $50,000 per year expense budget, Michelle has received no salary for her role.

I was still nursing, so I was wearing my nursing shirt. Proponents for wage-equality suggest starting with the first lady, who is responsible for managing a staff and directing a wide range of programs, while carrying heavy diplomatic, business and social responsibilities.She inexplicably reaches into our own experiences by sharing hers. There is nothing in my story that would land me here." Born into a middle-class family on the south side of Chicago, she carved her extraordinary success through hard work and relentless dedication, boldly challenging the status quo throughout her life.A former lawyer and Ivy-league graduate, she is an advocate for women's rights, accessible education, LGBTQ equality, gun control, wellness, marriage and family.In 1988, she was put in charge of mentoring a summer intern: 26-year-old Barack Obama.Barack told about his first impression, "I remember being struck by how tall and beautiful she was.She, I have since learned, was pleasantly surprised to see that my nose and ears weren't quite as enormous as they looked in the photo I'd submitted for the firm directory." He asked multiple times before she ever agreed to a date. And if you can do all that, and you're willing to be flexible with me because I will get the job done, I can work hard on a flexible schedule.' I was very clear.