Obama is “just fundamentally cool,” one professor says.
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In 2008, Michelle Obama was tentative on the campaign trail, wary of saying anything to jeopardize her husband's historic bid to be America's first black president.The speech cemented the transformation of Obama, who turned 53 Tuesday.Obama's political career skyrocketed, and by January 2009, their family would move into the White House.In 2015, Obama went global with the "Let Girls Learn" campaign, a cross-agency effort to improve education for teenage girls worldwide."She connected powerfully with a wide array of audiences – as a working mother, as a progressive Democrat and, as she herself put it, as a 'little black girl from the South Side of Chicago,'" Slevin noted.Throughout her time at the White House, Obama has also emerged as a beacon of support for the U.S. fashion industry.Last year, as Clinton and Trump vied for the presidency, Obama took on a new and somewhat unexpected role: political powerhouse.In October, Obama – a first lady who once shied away from controversy and endured racial slurs throughout her time in Washington from a small fringe of Americans – unleashed a fierce attack on Clinton's Republican rival.That day, Obama knowingly stepped into the political limelight she had long shunned – and people listened.Obama has repeatedly said she is not interested in a political career for herself, but could she follow in Clinton's footsteps, from the role of first lady to elected office?
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