Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama is a much-sought-after speaker. Of course, it goes with the job. Still, her popularity rivals her husband’s. A recent letter to the editor in Time magazine described Mrs. Obama in two words -- "national treasure".

The first lady often talks about her humble beginnings.

"I am an example of what's possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by the people around them," she recently told an audience at an all-girls school in London.

Mrs. Obama added that as a girl, she was surrounded by many encouraging influences – family members, teachers, and neighbors. She believes that she would not be the woman she is today without the nurturing she received as a child.

The girl who grew up in a small home on the South Side of Chicago would grow up to be, among other things, an attorney, an associate dean at the University of Chicago, and a vice president at University of Chicago Hospitals.

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