Michelle Obama, 44, is a Princeton- and Harvard-educated lawyer raised by blue-collar parents on the working-class South Side of Chicago.
She used to talk often on the campaign trail about being a working mother. Until recently, she juggled a job as a hospital executive with raising two young daughters, Malia 10 and Natasha (Sasha) 7, and lending support to her 47-year-old husband's political aspirations.
She served a crucial role of giving emotional support to Barack amid the grueling slog of the campaign. It is reported that Barack Obama's mood brightened visibly when his wife joined him on the campaign trail.
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