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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Political Button Museum
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Michelle Obama button back Political Button Museum
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Black and white photograph of a woman's head and shoulders with white text on a blue background

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The button, featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, is from President Barack Obama’s 2012 U.S. Presidential re-election campaign. Michelle Obama, a lawyer, is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She met her husband, also a lawyer, early in her career at the Chicago-based corporate law firm Sidley Austin. 

Michelle Obama played a large role in both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential election campaigns—giving keynote addresses at both the Democratic National Convention both years—though prior to 2008 she was nearly unknown to most of the American public. Her image in popular culture has grown significantly since then, and by the 2012 election was viewed by many as the most popular member of her husband’s administration. With the help of Michelle, President Obama successfully won re-election in 2012 over his Republican contender Mitt Romney, winning 51.06% of the popular vote to Romney’s 47.21%.

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