Although Fraser’s modest pay as a city-pump operator led to cramped living in their South Shore bungalow, the Robinsons were a close-knit family, with Michelle and older brother Craig pushed to excel in school.
Both children skipped the second grade, and Michelle was later chosen for a gifted-student program that enabled her to take French and advanced biology courses. Young Magnet High School, Michelle became student council treasurer and a member of the National Honor Society before graduating as class salutatorian in 1981.
In 1988, Mr Obama had enrolled in law school after three years as a community organiser in some of Chicago’s toughest inner-city neighbourhoods.
At the end of his first year, he went to work as a summer associate at Sidley Austin, a corporate law firm.
The film takes place in a single day, when the two were both working at a Chicago law firm — she as an associate, and he as a buzzed-about summer associate.
Sawyers nails Obama’s swagger and budding orating skills, but Sumpter’s Michelle comes off as more tightly-wound than one might expect.
She agrees to accompany Obama to a community meeting, but balks when she realizes he’s planned an entire day’s worth of activities — including an art exhibit and lunch in the park — because she isn’t interested in dating one of her colleagues.
When they first had lunch as colleagues, Ms Robinson said she had no time for career distractions, least of all men.
An Ivy League graduate, she built a successful career, first as a lawyer, and then in the private sector, which she maintained throughout her husband’s early political career.
Concerned about the effect the campaign would have on their young daugthers, Michelle was initially reluctant to support the idea of her husband’s run for the presidency.
Though he didn’t love the corporate law world, he soon found himself falling for Michelle.
After their first date, “We clicked right away..the end of the date it was over...