When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple. I wanted a dog. I wanted a house that had stairs in it—two floors for one family. I wanted, for some reason, a four-door station wagon instead of the two-door Buick that was my father’s pride and joy. I used to tell people that when I grew up, I was going to be a pediatrician. Why? Because I loved being around little kids and I quickly learned that it was a pleasing answer for adults to hear. Oh, a doctor! What a good choice! In those days, I wore pigtails and bossed my older brother around and managed, always and no matter what, to get As at school. I was ambitious, though I didn’t know exactly what I was shooting for. Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. Mrs. Obama. Former First Lady. My Forever FLOTUS. Lawyer. Mother. Wife. Advocate for children’s health and education. Michelle Obama was, and still is, one of the most admired and amazing women out there (next to my own mother). We follow her words and her fashion sense. We watch as she charms heads of state, foreign dignitaries and talk show hosts. And now, we get to read all about how Michelle Obama came to be the woman we all know and love.
In Becoming, Michelle takes us on a journey, one that introduces us to three versions of herself: Michelle Robinson, ambitious student, Ivy League graduate and rising attorney; Michelle Obama, wife of a young, ambitious Ivy League graduate named Barack Hussein Obama, the man we now know as President Obama, mother to Malia and Sasha and the first black woman to become First Lady; and the latest version, author, now Former FLOTUS, the Michelle no longer constrained by politics. This latest version is the one with a husband who is no longer a politician, the one whose daughters are embarking on their own journeys and the one with so much more to achieve and accomplish.
So what’s next for Michelle Obama? Well, the second leg of her book tour will begin in February making her way through other North American cities and parts of Europe. After that, the sky’s the limit. But one thing is for damn sure, Michelle will continue to fight for the health and well being of all children, like with her organization Let’s Move! and the annual College Signing Day, a special day when college-bound students commit to the universities that have accepted them. I have no doubt that we will continue to be inspired by whatever comes next for Michelle Obama.
Becoming is available in bookstores now. You know what to do.