The First Lady’s full name is Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, and she was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois where she was raised on the South Side of the city. She was born to her father Fraser Robinson III, a city plant employee who was also a Democratic precinct captain, and to Marian Shields Robinson, a secretary at Spiegel’s catalog store. Her bloodline includes African, Irish, and other European roots. She lived in the second story of a two-story home on Euclid Street within the South Shore community of Chicago where her parents rented from a great-aunt who lived downstairs.
Michelle Obama attended Whitney Young High School on the West Side of Chicago where she graduated as salutatorian of her 1981 class. From there, she attended Princeton University until 1985 and Harvard Law School until 1988, and then returned to Chicago and worked at the Sidley Austin law firm where she met Barack Obama who became her husband twenty years ago in 1992. Of course, she became the First Lady of the United States in 2009 when her husband won his first of two successful presidential elections.
UPDATE: First Lady Michelle Obama, the president and several friends dined at Cafe Milano in Georgetown for three hours to celebrate the birthday on Thursday evening.
Regarding her 49th birthday celebration, there is no birthday-related event on President Barack Obama’s daily public schedule or calendar. However, if the past four years in the White House are any indication of what’s going to happen on this birthday, the president will be taking his wife out to dinner. Since the couple is currently at home in Washington, D.C., the dinner will likely occur in or very close to the nation’s capital as has happened on her last four birthdays while living in the White House.
Recent social event history of the president and FLOTUS’ birthday dining experiences included a steak dinner at BLT Steak Restaurant a year ago, a dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s The Source two years ago, dinner at an organic restaurant named Restaurant Nora three years ago, and dinner at Equinox restaurant which sports regional and seasonal cuisine for her 45th birthday just days before her husband's first inauguration.
Quite interestingly, all for chefs who have prepared Michelle Obama’s birthday dinners in the past have ended up with either a participatory role in FLOTUS’ Let’s Move! Program or have even been named to the State Department’s American Chef Corps. Even if this birthday dinner’s chef doesn’t get the same honor, having the president and his wife celebrate the First Lady’s birthday at a restaurant is great publicity for the eating establishment.