Michelle Obama has been one of the most involved and vocal First Ladies in recent history. Her independence and intellectualism has followed her around throughout her career and has led to an interesting and sometimes shocking life before becoming the first black First Lady.
A recent Gallup Poll revealed she was more popular amongst voters than either candidate’s spouse in the 2016 election; Bill Clinton and Melania Trump. She will most likely go down as one of the smartest and most well-liked FLOTUS in history. Keep reading to find out some little-known surprising facts about Michelle Obama’s past.
12. Michelle, The Penny-Pincher
Michelle is apparently the penny-pinching one of the couple. When Michelle was young, she saved up a lot of babysitting money in order to buy an expensive Coach handbag. When she told her mother how much the bag costs, she received a lecture on not buying lavish accessories. “Right,” Michelle answered, “but you’ll go through ten handbags in the time I have this one.”
11. Baby Sasha Attended A Job Interview With Michelle
When Michelle was interviewing for her former job at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Michelle had to take her 4-month-old baby Sasha to the job interview. Her babysitter was not able to watch the young baby and Michelle said that was “probably the worst time of my motherhood.”
10. She Developed First Community Service Program At The University Of Chicago
In 1996, Michelle Obama became Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago. With an aim to bring the campus community together, she established the school’s first community service program. As Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the university’s medical center, the number of volunteers for the school increased dramatically.
9. She Took A Five Figure Pay Cut After Becoming A Public Servant
Michelle Robinson was making a hefty six-figure salary while she was working at the Chicago law firm, Sidley & Austin, where she met Barack Obama. She moved into public service and took a pay cut by almost half of her salary when she became assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago’s City Hall.
8. She Worries About Her Husband Getting Assassinated
Every First Lady has to worry about the risk of her husband’s possible assassination, and Michelle is no different. “I don’t want to be in a position one day where I am vulnerable with my children,” she has said. “I need to be in a position for my kids where, if they lose their father, they don’t lose everything.”