Michelle Obama: First Lady of Hope by Elizabeth LightfootNo silver spoons. Down-to-earth. Witty. Honest. One-of-a-kind.
There is no one quite like her, Michelle Obama. This is the first book to tell the astonishing story of a woman whose intellect, verbal flair, and poise are certain to make her one of the most influential First Ladies in history. A woman whose impassioned speech to the Democratic National Convention may have helped win her husband the Oval Office. A woman touted as a potential future presidential candidate herself.
Readers are given a revealing and intimate look at Michelle Obabmas remarkable life -- from her Chicago childhood to her education at Princeton and Harvard, how she first met Barack Obama at the prestigious law firm where they were the only African-Americans, to her role as his closest advisor, and to her own political beliefs. For Michelle, family comes first, and -- like so many women who struggle between family and career -- she seriously weighed her husbands presidential abitions before giving her stamp of approval. Apparently she struck a hard bargain. He had to give up smoking.
[We are] driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just wont do -- that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be. That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Baracks journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope. That is why I love this country.
--Michelle Obama speaking to the Democratic National Convention
August 25, 2008
All Things Minnesota Book Club: Michelle Obama, First Lady of Hope
She is married to the 44th president of the United States , Barack Obama , and was the first African-American first lady. In her early legal career, she worked at the law firm Sidley Austin , where she met Barack Obama. She subsequently worked in non-profits and as the associate dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the vice president for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Michelle married Barack in and they have two daughters. Obama campaigned for her husband's presidential bid throughout and , delivering a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. She returned to speak for him at the Democratic National Convention. During the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , she delivered a speech in support of the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton , a former first lady.
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Hope won. It's just a couple of weeks since Election Day and already available is this biography of Michelle Obama which includes coverage of her husband's history-making victory as the first African-American to ascend to the Presidency. Almost as stunning as that amazing feat is the speed with which Elizabeth's Lightfoot has managed to publish this very timely tome about the First Lady to be. Lightfoot, a Harvard grad who also has a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, has worked as a reporter for the Associated Press. Half of the insights made here sound like the casual observations of your average political junkie or couch potato who followed the campaign closely.