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Who became the first black “First Lady” of the United States?

When Barack Obama took office as President of the United States in 2009, Michelle Robinson Obama (1964–) became the first black First Lady of the United States. She filled her new role by extending her interests far beyond that of attending official ceremonies and dinner parties. Her special concerns included the plight of military families, childhood obesity, and promoting healthier eating habits. Michelle Obama quickly became a fashion trendsetter as she selected styles from affordable dress lines rather than the high-end fashion designers. The Chicago native and former community organizer graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. The Obamas have two daughters: Malia and Sasha.


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