I LOVE this video! I have watched it three times already! The look on the people’s faces when they see Michelle is amazing!
Another stop on her tour for Michelle … this time in Dallas, Texas.
Dozens of high school students attending a leadership conference for young women in Dallas had been studying former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir — but none of them expected to meet her Monday afternoon.
The young women were discussing Becoming at the Winspear Opera House, and then she peeked out from behind the curtain.
The students erupted into a chorus of oh-my-Gods. Some started crying.
She popped into the discussion ahead of her presentation to a sold-out American Airlines Center crowd later Monday night, which the students also had a chance to attend.
Ashawnti Black, an 18-year-old student at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
“I was staring at her like, ‘Do you guys see her? Is it just me? Do you guys see her too?'” Black said.
When Obama hugged her, Black said, the former first lady told her she was beautiful and congratulated her for getting into her dream school: Spelman College in Atlanta.
Black said Obama is “everything” to her — second to her mother, of course. Obama has no shame about who she is, and that inspires Black to live shamelessly, too, the teen said.
“She came from South Side Chicago, and I come from Pleasant Grove,” Black said. “I can be whatever I want to be. I am going to change the world. I’m going to be a proud product of my environment.”
After embracing each girl, Obama sat on a couch surrounded by the students.
“So you guys didn’t know I was coming?” she said. “What have you guys been talking about?”
Several students shared with her the part of the book in which a high school adviser told Obama that she wasn’t “Princeton material” resonated with them.
Obama told the girls she overcame that “punch in the gut” by pushing away negative messages.
“It’s a choice in that moment,” Obama told them. “Do you listen to the negative, or do you remember all the positives — all the good things people have said about you?”
She empathized with the students, who are growing up immersed in social media where they can be vulnerable to lots of negative voices.
“There will always be someone who wants to punch you in the stomach because you’re moving a little too high, you’re saying things they don’t agree with,” Obama said. “You have to practice, vigorously, to tune out the negative and eat up the positive.”Read More
Next, Michelle made a visit to San Jose, California. She participated in a Leadership Workshop at Event Trees Community Center and then did another Intimate Conversations.
– Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > December 14 | Leadership Workshop at Event Trees Community Center in San Jose
– Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > December 14 | Intimate Conversations – San Jose
Denver7 shared a clip of Michelle reading The Night Before Christmas at the Children’s Hospital Denver!
Former first lady Michelle Obama joined Santa to visit with kids at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora on Thursday.
Michelle made another stop on her Becoming book tour in Denver, Colorado on December 13th. She spoke to patients and others at Children’s Hospital Colorado and then did a book signing. That night she did another Intimate Conversations presentation moderated by Reese Witherspoon.
– Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > December 13 | Children’s Hospital Colorado – Presentation
– Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > December 13 | Children’s Hospital Colorado – Book Signing
– Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > December 13 | Intimate Conversations – Denver
Michelle Obama was just as charmed by former President George W. Bush‘s mint passes as fans were.
The Becoming author and Bush were at the center of two viral moments this year when cameras caught the former president passing her mints — first at Sen. John McCain‘s state funeral in September and then at former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral in December.
Asked about the latter surprise on Friday during the San Jose, California stop on her ongoing book tour, Obama, 54, spoke sweetly of George W., 72.
“He has the presence of mind and the sense of humor to bring me a mint,” Obama said, according to ABC7. “And he made it a point to give me that mint right then and there, and that’s the beauty of George Bush.”
Obama sat down with All Things Considered alum Michele Norris for Friday’s visit, which was held at the SAP Center.
Her book tour, which was announced in October, is being produced by Live Nation on behalf of publisher Crown, and includes a superstar list of moderators — including Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Valerie Jarrett, poet Elizabeth Alexander, Phoebe Robinson and Tracee Ellis Ross.
The tour kicked off at the United Center in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, with Oprah Winfrey leading Obama in conversation.
Back in November, Obama opened up about her bond with George W. during an interview with his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, explaining that their differing political identities don’t get in the way of their friendship.
“I’d love if we as a country could get back to the place where we didn’t demonize people who disagreed with us. Because that’s essentially the difference between Republicans and Democrats,” she said on Today.
“We’re all Americans. We all care about our family our kids, and we’re trying to get ahead. We have different ideas about what’s the best way to get there,” Obama continued. “That doesn’t make me evil. And that doesn’t make him, you know, stupid — it’s just a disagreement and that’s how I feel about your father. You know? He’s a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man.”
Michelle Obama is extending her highly successful book tour to 21 additional cities across North America and Europe in 2019!
Join her as she shares her most personal and defining moments with you — in her own words.
I have added the additional dates to the calendar on the right sidebar.
This is what it is all about and shows what a great woman Michelle is!
Thank you to USA Today for the article!
WASHINGTON – Former first lady Michelle Obama said Thursday that ex-President George W. Bush has become her “partner in crime” after years of sitting together at official events.
“President Bush and I are forever seatmates because of protocol – that’s how we sit at all the official functions,” Obama said on NBC’s “Today” show. “So he is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather.”
“I love him to death,” Obama added. “He’s a wonderful man. He’s a funny man.”
Obama expressed her affection for Bush after being asked about the moment when Bush handed her a cough drop at the Sept. 1 funeral of the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain. The moment, which happened at the National Cathedral in Washington, went viral on social media.
Bush was handing a cough drop to his wife, Laura, when Obama leaned over and asked him if she could have one too. She said she didn’t realize that anyone was watching the “simple gesture.”
“And I will add that they were old cough drops,” Obama said, describing them as being in an official White House box. “And I was like, ‘How long have you had these?’ They said, ‘A long time. We got a lot of these.’ ”
Obama, a Democrat, said her friendship with Bush, a Republican, defies labels.
“Party doesn’t separate us,” she said. “Color, gender, those sort of things don’t separate us.”