If I had the cartooning ability, I'd redo Obama's Life of Julia like this:
Born into a wealthy family, Julia attended the best schools, including a boarding school. Being taller than average and very athletic, she excelled at sports.
She attended the all-women Smith College, where she earned a degree in English.
After graduating, she worked in advertising and news.
She left her post-college jobs to join the US spy agency. She was posted to Sri Lanka and China. She earned a meritorious service award for her work.
She met and married a fellow spy. After they both left the agency, he took a job in the foreign service in France.
Without a job of her own, Julia attending Le Cordon Bleu cooking school to learn the art of French cooking.
When she and her husband returned to the United States, she began teaching French cooking to others and co-wrote the seminal modern cookbook.
She moved from small cooking classes to television, where she created the seminal food television show.
Having become the founder of both the modern cookbook market and the televised cooking, she became an icon to foodies everywhere.
She continued to make television programs and write cookbooks all of her life.
Her kitchen is now an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum.
She did all of this without a single government handout.