By  David Martosko

PUBLISHED: 15:33 EST, 22 May  2013 |  UPDATED: 19:45  EST, 22 May 2013

 

A young Michelle Robinson, the future first  lady of the United States, may have dated Treasury Department Inspector General  J. Russell George at Harvard Law School, a new report claims.

George, 49, has testified in two congressional hearings about the IRS’s unethical targeting of conservative organizations with special scrutiny after they applied for tax-exempt status.

The revelation of a previous link to Michelle  Obama came in a lengthy interview with George – published a week after the IRS  scandal was brought to light.

National Journal reported Wednesday that U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George dated first lady Michelle Obama while the two were in law school 

U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration  J. Russell George (L) testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform  Committee on Wednesday about IRS abuses of right-wing nonprofit groups. National  Journal reported hours earlier that he had dated the first lady while the two  were in law school

Mrs. Obama (L), equal parts political cohort and marital consort, has become a force to be reckoned with in Washington 

Mrs. Obama (L), equal parts political cohort and marital  consort, has become a force to be reckoned with in Washington

Mrs Obama has never spoken publicly  about  her boyfriends during the years before she met Barack Obama – the  future  president – at a Chicago law firm where they were both  associates.

George and Mrs  Obama, then Michelle Robinson, graduated together from the university in  1988.

He told the National  Journal that the two shared social  circles at Harvard, and were both active in the Black Law Students  Association.

 

But Virginia Republican Rep Tom Davis, who  worked with George as staff director of the House Oversight committee in the  late 1990s and early 200s – the same committee that questioned George on  Wednesday, said the relationship was more than just friendly.

‘I think he actually dated Michelle at one  point,’ Davis told National Journal.

Pressed about  his purported love interest from a quarter-century ago, George said that  conclusion ‘is overstating it.’

First Lady Michelle Obama is pictured on Wednesday alongside Aidan LeBlanc, a 12-year-old 6th grader dressed as Abraham Lincoln from Willow Springs Elementary School, in Washington 

First Lady Michelle Obama is pictured on Wednesday  alongside Aidan LeBlanc, a 12-year-old 6th grader dressed as Abraham Lincoln  from Willow Springs Elementary School, in Washington

In their early years together, Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama spent a Christmas holiday together in Hawaii. They were married in October 1992 

In their early years together, Michelle Robinson and  Barack Obama spent a Christmas holiday together in Hawaii. They were married in  October 1992, four years after her Harvard Law School graduation

‘Michelle was a lovely person, and down to  earth,’ he said, recalling times when Black Law Student Association members  ‘went out for pizza; we would go out together.’

‘Don’t get me in trouble,’ George told the  Washington newspaper, after ‘pausing for a beat.’

From Harvard, the future Mrs Obama got a job  at a law firm in Chicago, one of just 14 black lawyers in an office of  hundreds.

It is at that firm of Sidley &  Austin  that she met Barack, who arrived as a summer associate in 1988.

For their first date in 1989, Obama took her  to the Art Institute of Chicago and to see the Spike Lee film Do the Right  Thing.

After stopping for ice cream at  Baskin-Robbins, the two shared their first kiss. A plaque now marks the  location.

Kissing plaque: A 3,000-pound granite marker, pictured, was erected to commemorate the where the President first kissed Michele Obama

 

Kissing plaque: A 3,000-pound granite marker has been  erected in Chicago to commemorate where the president first  kissed Michelle in  1989

Did a young Michelle Robinson catch the eye of the Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George? A Virginia congressman who once worked with him on Capitol Hill remembers it that wayDid a young Michelle Robinson catch the eye of the Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George? A Virginia congressman who once worked with him on Capitol Hill remembers it that way

Did a young Michelle Robinson catch the eye of the  Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George more than four years before she  married the future president? A Virginia congressman who once worked with him on  Capitol Hill remembers it that way

They married in 1992 at the Trinity United  Church of Christ in  Chicago.

George, who was born in New York City,  attended Harvard Law in  between stints working for then-Senator Bob Dole of  Kansas and serving  in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, both  Republicans.

In 1995, he returned to Washington for good  after he took a job at Committee on Government Reform, among other high-profile  positions in government.

He was appointed by President George W. Bush  to serve as inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community  Service before moving on to his current post in 2004.

Mrs Obama’s time at the prestigious  Cambridge, Massachusetts law school put her squarely in the middle of  the  nationwide debates raging about race politics in the 1980s.

J. Russell George (L) testified on May 17 alongside the outgoing acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller before the House Ways and Means committee 

J. Russell George (L) testified on May 17 alongside the  outgoing acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller before the House Ways and Means  committee. George wrote the report that officially recounted an audit of the  IRS’s scandalous behavior toward tea party groups

During her final year at Harvard, she wrote  an article for the Black Law Students Association’s newsletter in which she  argued that the school was perpetuating ‘racist and sexist stereotypes’ because  it wasn’t hiring enough minority law professors based on the color of their  skin.

The Daily  Caller first reported on the essay,  in which she wrote that hiring on the sole basis of merit, instead of recruiting  according to affirmative-action principles, ‘serve[d] to legitimize students’  tendencies to distrust certain types of teaching that do not resemble the  traditional images’ of law school.

The future first lady lauded the  teaching  styles of liberal academics Martha Minow and Charles Ogletree,  who ignored the  traditional question-and-answer ‘Socratic method’ in  favor of other habits.

 

Harvard Law School may have been the ultimate matchmaker society in the late 1980s, connecting Michelle Robinson romantically with future president Barack Obama and the future chief inspector of the Treasury Department 

Harvard Law School may have been the ultimate matchmaker  society in the late 1980s, connecting Michelle Robinson romantically with future  president Barack Obama and the future chief inspector of the Treasury  Department

She also praised critical race theory, the  idea that powerful groups of  people – including caucasians – use the law as an  instrument to oppress  the powerless, including blacks.

Mrs. Obama also wrote a  message for the Harvard Law School’s  yearbook in which she called for greater civility in American  society.

‘After three years,’ wrote the graduating  lawyer-to-be, ‘I continue to be struck by the tremendous talent and energy among  HLS students and faculty.

‘The diversity of campus life challenges all  of us to question our assumptions, listen to other viewpoints, and articulate  our values in a spirit of mutual respect and tolerance.’

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