About Michelle Obama
Michelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Mrs. Obama started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama. She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, at the University of Chicago, and at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. Obama also founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in public service.The Obamas currently live in Washington, DC, and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
In a filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In this episode, the Spoilers get all excited about Michelle Obama’s lovely memoir. As always, we have some gripes, but it is mainly all love for our favorite First Lady (No offense, Hillary). We start on the south side of Chicago with more of Crystal’s remembrances of her childhood hood and move on to black motherhood, women in the workplace, community organizing, mentors and friends, parental sacrifice, the great migration, and a whole bunch of other stuff. While there are some fiery moments, this is generally a joyful episode in which we end up being impressed by the writing achievement of Michelle Obama. I think she even taught us some things. Is there anything she can’t do? Does she have a podcast yet?
What the spoilers are currently reading or listening to:
- A Monsoon of Music by Mitra Phukan
- Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib
- The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia
- This Land by Gary Clark, Jr (Album)