Michelle Obama

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Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama's Mother, Dies at 86

Matriarch was a 'reassuring presence' at White House during Barack Obama's tenure

(Newser) - On election night 2008, as Barack Obama sat nervously in a Chicago hotel suite and awaited news on whether he would become the country's first Black president, his mother-in-law was by his side. "Are you ready for this, Grandma?" Obama asked Marian Shields Robinson, who years earlier had...

Michelle Obama Shuts Down the 2024 Rumors

'She will not be running for president,' says former first lady's office

(Newser) - A lot of Americans aren't thrilled about a Trump-Biden rematch in this year's election, but hopeful lefties shouldn't be looking for a former White House occupant to make a bid for a return. Rumors about a run by Michelle Obama have gotten so prevalent that the office...

Obamas React to Affirmative Action's Gutting

As does Trump, from the opposite point of view

(Newser) - Following the Supreme Court ruling gutting affirmative action at US colleges and universities, Michelle Obama came forward to talk about how the policy affected her when she was an undergraduate student at Princeton University. Affirmative action "wasn't perfect," she wrote in a joint statement issued alongside her...

Obama on Marriage: Not Being President Helps

It's nice 'to have a little more time with her,' he says of Michelle

(Newser) - Asked about a remark Michelle Obama made in which she said she "couldn't stand" her husband for 10 years of their 30-year union, Barack Obama acknowledged that "it sure helps to be out of the White House and to have a little more time with her,"...

Michelle Obama: I Sobbed for 30 Mins Leaving White House

Lack of diversity at Trump's inauguration triggered her, she says in podcast clip

(Newser) - People ask Michelle Obama if she wasn't in a good mood as her family left the White House in 2017, to be replaced by the Trumps, given photos of her at the time. "No, I was not!" she admits in a clip of the upcoming Michelle Obama:...

Michelle Obama: For 10 Years, 'I Couldn't Stand' Barack
Michelle Obama: For 10 Years,
'I Couldn't Stand' Barack
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Michelle Obama: For 10 Years, 'I Couldn't Stand' Barack

This was back when the kids were young, she says in interview

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2022, but the former first lady wasn't thrilled with her spouse a good chunk of that time. "People think I'm being catty by saying this—it’s like, there were 10 years where I couldn't stand...

Why Former First Lady Has Said Goodbye to 'Michelle Obama Arms'

58-year-old is talking menopause to get other women to do the same

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's new book, The Light We Carry , is due out Tuesday, but she's had something else on her mind lately as well. The former first lady "gets real about menopause" in an interview with People , hoping that her own experiences will spur other women to open...

Obamas Return to White House, Unveil Portraits

Tradition was skipped during Trump administration

(Newser) - For the first time since 2012, a former president has returned to the White House for the unveiling of an official portrait. Barack and Michelle Obama were invited to the White House for a Wednesday ceremony in the East Room, where the public saw their portraits for the first time,...

'Discovering Deeper Truths' at Heart of Obama's New Book

Former first lady's 'The Light We Carry' will be out on Nov. 15, 4 years after blockbuster 'Becoming'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama will have a book out this fall, The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times, in which she reflects upon her experiences and shares insights on navigating an increasingly stressful world. It's the former first lady's first entirely new work since the 2018 release of Becoming....

Obamas Respond to Roe v. Wade Opinion

They argue illegal abortions will risk health and lives

(Newser) - The Supreme Court looks poised to "reverse nearly 50 years of precedent " and "relegate the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues," according to former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who've issued a concerned statement...

Meet Sasha Obama's Boyfriend
Meet Sasha Obama's Boyfriend

Meet Sasha Obama's Boyfriend

It's former college basketball player Clifton Powell Jr.

(Newser) - Former first daughter Sasha Obama is dating former college basketball player Clifton Powell Jr., TMZ reports. Obama, 20, and Powell, 24, reportedly got together after Obama transferred from the University of Michigan to the University of Southern California. Powell, son of actor Clifton Powell Sr., played basketball for the University...

Michelle Obama's Brother Sues His Sons' Milwaukee School

He claims it refused to allow sons to re-enroll after couple voiced allegations of racial bias

(Newser) - The brother of former first lady Michelle Obama and his wife are suing a private Milwaukee school, alleging it refused to allow their two sons to re-enroll after they voiced concerns that racism and inappropriate conduct at the school had not been satisfactorily addressed. In a civil lawsuit filed Monday...

Viola Davis Worried About One Specific Critic in New Role

'I’m mostly terrified about what she will think,' actor says of Michelle Obama

(Newser) - The new Showtime series The First Lady premiered Sunday, a show that features Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford. Unlike Anderson and Pfeiffer, Davis is portraying somebody who is still very much alive and well, and she spoke to Vanity ...

Obama Says He's 'Feeling Fine' After Positive Test

Former president reports his only COVID symptom so far is 'a scratchy throat'

(Newser) - Former President Barack Obama announced Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19 but so far has just one symptom. "I've had a scratchy throat for a couple days," he tweeted , "but am feeling fine otherwise." The former president said he and his wife, Michelle, are...

Viola Davis Morphs Into Michelle Obama in First Lady

Upcoming Showtime drama offers a peek

(Newser) - What's it like to be married to the president of the United States? An upcoming TV drama examines that life behind the curtains at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., drawn from the perspectives of Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt, per the BBC . A new trailer for First Lady—a...

After 5 Years, Obamas Break Ground on Presidential Center

Former president say it's his way of giving back to Chicago's South Side

(Newser) - After five years of legal battles, gentrification concerns, and a federal review, Barack and Michelle Obama dug shovels into the ground Tuesday during a celebratory groundbreaking on their legacy project in a lakefront Chicago park. Construction on the Obama Presidential Center along Lake Michigan, near the Obama family home and...

Here's What It Will Say on the Obama Presidential Center

Words from the 44th president's 2015 speech in Selma

(Newser) - The Obama Foundation on Sunday revealed the passage that will be inscribed on the outside of the Obama Presidential Center when it opens in Chicago, ABC 7 reports. Per the Week , the words are from then-President Obama's 2015 speech in Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday....

One Trump, One Obama Take Home 'Most Admired' Crowns

Donald Trump ends Barack Obama's 12-year winning streak, while Michelle Obama wins top spot for women

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't beat Joe Biden in the election, but he can notch a win against Barack Obama. In its annual survey on the matter, Gallup pollsters asked 1,000 or so American adults to name, without being given choices, a man and a woman they most admire anywhere...

Melania Shops Around Book Deal, Source says

'It would be her money,' a source tells the New York Post

(Newser) - Melania Trump is apparently shopping around a book deal with the full support of her husband, Business Insider reports. "Melania is in meetings to write her White House memoir," an unidentified source tells the New York Post . "And it would be her money—a chance for her...

Michelle Obama on Trump Assertions: 'Racist'

Former first lady makes her 'closing argument' for Joe Biden

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is out with a 24-minute "closing argument" video on the 2020 race in which she makes her pitch for Joe Biden. In it, the former first lady levels some serious criticism against President Trump. The president is "lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs, whipping...

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