Celebrity Then And Now
Michelle Obama
Name: Michelle Obama
Birthdate: January 17, 1964
Famous Years: 2009-Present
Currently Known For: Lawyer and writer
Networth: $9 MillionFamous For: First Lady of the United States 2009-2017
Michelle Obama
Name Michelle Obama
Birthdate January 17, 1964
Famous Years 2009-Present
Currently Known For Lawyer and writer
Networth $9 Million
Famous For First Lady of the United States 2009-2017

"There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made." The First Lady of the United States always seems to hold a special place in the hearts of Americans, and Michelle Obama is no exception. In one major online poll, Obama ranked number four all-time behind only Martha Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy. She was in the White House from January 2009 to January 2017 until her role was taken over by Melania Trump.

The two have been compared to each other ever since Donald Trump decided to run for office, and both Democrats and Republicans became contentious with each other over which one of the two women was smarter. While it’s hard to compare the two to one another directly, Obama certainly does have an impressive academic and career background.

Obama was born and raised in the Chicago, Illinois area and displayed her high intelligence at a young age. Her father had high expectations, and she lived up to them early when she was enrolled in classes for gifted students in elementary school. Obama then attended a magnet school in Chicago, graduating second overall in her class. With that, she was off to the Ivy League.

Some of Obama’s teachers didn’t quite believe that she was ready for the Ivy League and was setting her goals too high when she wanted to apply to Princeton University. Some had said that her grades and SAT scores weren’t high enough, but she did have some connections at Princeton thanks to her brother being a graduate there. Obama would be admitted to the university and admits that the first year was quite difficult.

Obama would focus mainly on sociology while at Princeton with a minor in African American studies. Despite having the odds not be in her favor, Obama would graduate from Princeton with her Bachelor of the Arts, being honored with the cum laude distinction. Obama was feeling on top of the world academically and found the motivation she needed to pursue her further education, and applied to Harvard Law School.

From there, Obama would receive her Juris Doctor in the program in 1988. Before her, only two other First Ladies of the United States had received a postgraduate degree, which actually made it three First Ladies in a row. After getting that degree, Obama went to work with Sidley Austin LLP, a law firm, where she would end up meeting her future husband and President Barack Obama.

Experts have estimated that Obama’s IQ is right around the 120 mark, which would put her in the very superior intelligence category and above average for the standard IQ. This might seem a little low compared to what she accomplished while in college, but most experts use SAT scores to estimate IQ, and Obama would be the first to admit that her scores weren’t that high. That was quite some time ago, though, so her IQ might be even higher than when she first arrived at Princeton University.

These days, Obama still has her license to practice law, but hasn’t put it into use as she’s been more focused on her husband’s politics and raising her two daughters, Sasha and Malia. She took a break from law in 1993 to continue work in other avenues that include becoming the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, while also working for the college’s hospital as well as the community and external affairs building.

Throughout much of her life, Obama was very private and liked things to be that way, growing up in a modest home. That would change for her when Barack Obama became interested in politics, as she was front and center during her husband’s campaigns for the House of Representatives and eventually the White House.

While she was in the White House, there were many that thought Michelle Obama was the more popular one out of the two, and that she should make an eventual run for the United States presidential position herself. Barack said of his wife that “Like a lot of political spouses, the role was thrust upon her. But I always knew she’d be incredible at it, and put her own unique stamp on the job.”

Though it doesn’t seem that she has a particular interest in her own presidential run, Barack says she’d be good in the role. “Because you see who she is,” he said. “The brilliant, funny, generous woman who, for whatever reason, agreed to marry me. I think people gravitate to her because they see themselves in her - a dedicated mom, a good friend and someone who’s not afraid to poke a little fun at herself from time to time.”

Time will tell if the 54 year old who holds two Ivy League degrees would want to run for president, though it’s not out of the question. She holds a lot of firm political beliefs and has been active in these types of dealings, including promoting childhood health, education and eliminating poverty. There’s plenty of time for her to decide, and there are plenty that want her to make the run.