25 Interesting Facts About Michelle Obama

25 facts about Michelle Obama you may not know!


25 Things You Might Not Know About Michelle Obama

The Brady Bunch, Barack’s nose and her Easy Bake Oven

-Elizabeth Lightfoot, author of Michelle Obama: First Lady of Hope / The Lyons Press, $14.95

Michelle Obama1. She was born January 17, 1964, meaning she will turn 45 three days before she becomes the First Lady of the United States.

2. Her father worked the swing shift in the boiler room at Chicago’s water purification plant; her mother was a stay-at-home mom until her two children were grown.

3. Within the family, her nickname is “Miche” (pronounced “Meesh”).

4. Her husband calls her “My Rock”.

5. She grew up with her older brother, Craig, and parents in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment; she and Craig shared the living room, which had been separated by dividers.

The Brady Bunch6. As a child, she loved her Easy-Bake Oven.

7. Even though they were only allowed one hour of television per night, she committed each episode of The Brady Bunch to memory.

8. As a young girl, she practiced playing the piano so much that she had to be told to stop.

9. She and her brother both skipped second grade.

10. Although a great athlete, she shied away from competitive sports because, her big brother says, she hated to lose.

11. She has always been outspoken; in addition to some of the memorable things she said on the campaign trail, she told her teachers when she got to Princeton that they weren’t teaching French correctly.

Michelle and Barack Obama12. She was a young lawyer and assigned to be Barack’s mentor when her future husband came to her Chicago firm for a summer job.

13. Her first impression of Barack wasn’t great; she’d seen his photo in the law firm directory and thought he had a big nose.

14. She declined Barack’s initial attempts to ask her out, saying it would be inappropriate.

15. Before seriously agreeing to date Barack, she asked her brother to take on her suitor on the basketball court (her father and brother had always said you could tell a lot about someone’s character on the court).

16. Her father died of complications from Multiple Sclerosis when she was in her 20s.

17. Barack proposed at a fancy Chicago restaurant; the ring came on a tray with the dessert.

18. At their wedding, they danced their first dance to “Unforgettable”.

19. Santita Jackson, Jesse Jackson’s daughter, sang at the wedding.

20. She works out “like a gladiator,” according to friends.

21. She hates panty hose – too “painful.”

Obama family22. At the Democratic National Convention in 2004, moments before her husband was about to go on stage to give his speech she decided to break the tension: “Just don’t screw it up, buddy!” she memorably said.

23. She unwinds by watching reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

24. For breakfast, she likes fruit, eggs and bacon. “We’re bacon people” she said on The View.

25. About her husband, she once said, “Barack didn’t pledge riches, only that life would be interesting. On that promise he’s delivered.”

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19 thoughts on “25 Interesting Facts About Michelle Obama

  1. Thanks for this info–especially the tidbits about her as a girl because it reminds you that even though she is about to become First Lady, she grew up with some of the same experiences as the rest of us. The memorization of The Brady Bunch episodes is hysterical!

  2. What happened to the results of the “What Women Think” poll about interest in Michelle Obama?

    I’m familiar with almost all of the above facts, but here is a new one: The hospital where Michelle earned $300,000 annually–a job that she got after Barack was elected to the Senate–is not replacing her. Draw whatever conclusions you wish about how important that job must have been.

  3. Love this trivia about Mrs. Obama. Makes her real and human, and an outstanding person in her own right. She promises to bring promise and fresh air to the White House.

  4. @ #5 KS

    It could also be that the hospital is cutting back, like so many other organizations. Even important jobs are on the chopping block… heavens even whole businesses are on the chopping block

  5. patriciaw, the hospital cut back on one job in particular, because the job was given to someone who was married to a senator who could–and did–steer millions to the hospital, and she has a new position now.

  6. Yeah I’m sure Michelle had a really hard time finding a job, what with her Ivy League education and all. She’s smart, talented, highly educated — why would a hospital want to hire her? Meow is right!

  7. myianitrice… Michelle Obama is a great woman my nephew is doing a report on her and all that I found out about her was what makes one enthusistic she is insightful and beautiful

  8. Michel Obama is known to the public not because she is wife of President Obama but because of her own personality. Although she is the first lady in the world’s richest country, her past was spent in quite moderate life.

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