Michelle Obama: A cool and refreshing fragrance that signifies a change in the air Michelle Obama First Lady of the United States Incumbent Assumed office January 20, 2009 Preceded by Laura Bush Personal details Born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson January 17, 1964 (age 48) Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Nationality American Political party Democratic Spouse(s) Barack Obama (m. 1992) Children Malia (born 1998) Sasha (born 2001) Residence Hyde Park, Chicago (private) The White House (official) Alma mater Princeton University (A.B.) Harvard Law School (J.D.) Profession Lawyer Religion Protestant Christian Signature Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago and to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Throughout 2007 and 2008, she helped campaign for her husband's presidential bid and delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the mother of two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and is the sister of Craig Robinson, men's basketball coach at Oregon State University. As the wife of a Senator, and later the First Lady, she has become a fashion icon and role model for women, and an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition and healthy eating.