Janine's Time With Michelle Obama

I had the rare opportunity to get this close to our former First Lady, Michelle Obama yesterday at Broadway Books prior to her big appearance at the Moda Center last night. Certain media were invited to observe her meeting with a local women's book club chosen to discuss her book, "Becoming: Michelle Obama", with her. This first picture was as close as I got to her as she was escorted by Secret Service into the bookstore. My first impression was, "Boy is she tall" (5'-11") and, "She's a force", and that she is, an amazing, wonderful force! I was moved just to be in the same room with her, even though media was not allowed to actually meet her, shake her hand, talk to her, have their book signed, or unfortunately, have their picture taken with her. This event was for her to purely meet with the book club, which was made up of a diverse, energetic, intelligent group of women.

The group of 14 women introduced themselves one by one, and told Michelle something about how her book impacted them personally. She interjected in her warm, personal way, as each woman spoke. One of the women is five months pregnant, and that led them to talk about how Michelle revealed in the book that she had trouble getting pregnant and ended up doing in vitro. There was a lot of laughter and joy in the room. Having read the book and admiring Michelle myself, I couldn't help but smile and nod my head at many of their comments. It was all pretty magical just being in the same room with her.

If you've read "Becoming", you already know that Michelle is down to earth and very relatable; you feel as if you could sit down and have a cup of coffee with her and feel completely comfortable.

Here she's talking about how the first two sections in the book about her growing up and becoming First Lady, were essential in knowing who she is, and how the third section of the book was the hardest to write.

Even though I didn't get to shake her hand, have my picture taken with her, or have her sign my book, I feel very fortunate to have been in the same room with her, and lucky to get to hear her speak and relate, in person.

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