Growing up as part of a working-class family on the South Side of Chicago Michelle Obama has come a long way. After graduating from high school she attended Princeton University where she majored in sociology. At the time she was one of only a few African American students attending Princeton. After graduation from Princeton she went on to study at Harvard Law School.
She met Barack Obama at a law firm where she was assigned to be his summer mentor. This role seems very appropriate, as Michelle Obama would later give her husband tremendous support during his political career. She helped him make a political name for himself after introducing him to the Chicago neighborhood she grew up in. She has also been known to read over drafts and help edit his major speeches.
Just recently Michelle Obama announced that she would be taking time off from her role as vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospital to spend more time with her two children and campaign with her husband. This departure from her professional life is quite a sacrifice and a decision she has admittedly been struggling to make since her children were born.
In an interview with the Washington Post she was asked what she would do if she were to become first lady and whether she would go back to work. Her answer is very different from most other political spouses and just another testament to her strength, honesty, and independence; she replied, “Barack and I have lived very separate professional lives. He's done his thing, I do my thing. And my focus is on figuring out what's the right thing for me to do given where I am in my life, where my kids are. And I won't know what that looks like in '08 -- it changes,"
Do you think Michelle Obama would make a good first lady if Barack Obama were elected president in 2008?
What do you think of her sacrificing her personal career to join her husband on the campaign trail?