She often recounts how she resisted when Barack asked her out, saying in an interview that she felt it would be "tacky" if they started to date because they were "the only two black people" at the firm.
That, anyhow, is how the story goes: Barack and Michelle, whose last name, of course, is now Obama, both enjoy telling it.
Sometimes you lose sight of that, they want to know that my mother and father love each other.
"For all the parents out there: have your date nights because it is important to kids to know that their parents are connecting." Mrs Obama has also given dating tips.
"He sounded too good to be true," she told David Mendell, author of "Obama: From Promise to Power." "I had dated a lot of brothers who had this kind of reputation coming in, so I figured he was one of these smooth brothers who could talk straight and impress people.
So we had lunch, and he had this bad sport jacket and a cigarette dangling from his mouth, and I thought: 'Oh, here you go. I've been down this road before.' " The fact that she was Obama's mentor made her feel self-conscious.
Sidley didn't usually hire first-year law students as summer associates, so Barack's arrival was noteworthy.In an interview with the cable network TVOne in 2009, Mrs Obama said the couple have managed to make their relationship work despite having to overcome often being large distances apart.She said: "We learned how to sustain our relationship at a distance which is why carving out that time making sure that we have Friday or Saturday date nights making sure that it is not a just a movie.Martha Minow, a law professor at Harvard, told her father, Newton Minow, a high-ranking partner at Sidley, that Barack was possibly the most gifted student that she had ever taught.
Michelle, who'd graduated from Harvard Law herself in 1988, felt annoyed by all the chattering.In 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit organization encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies.