Michelle Obama memoir is next pick for Winfrey book club

Frederick Owens
November 15, 2018

In her new memoir, Becoming, which is published on Tuesday, the former first lady admits that some news stories now "turn her stomach" and, as her husband Barack Obama's legacy is aggressively unravelled, sometimes wonders "where the bottom might be".

Mrs Obama, who is releasing a memoir entitled Becoming, also spoke about going to counselling with her husband and the pressure of being the first black first family.

Mr Trump hit back at the former first lady over the weekend.

In a statement Monday, Winfrey said the memoir was "well-written" and inspirational. "But it is enormously effective at distilling Obama's poise, intelligence, and warmth into a single 421-page package".

@MichelleObama says she will "never forgive" Donald Trump for spreading the birther conspiracy against #BarackObama.

Here are five takeaways from the book.

Obama, who met with Melania Trump once after the election for an awkward tea-and-small-talk confab, was clearly trying to sidestep questions about the current occupants of the White House.

The book describes Obama's upbringing on Chicago's South Side, as well as her time at Whitney Young and Princeton University.

"I've never been a fan of politics, and my experience over the last ten years has done little to change that", she writes.


"I don't think we do each other a service by pretending like hurtful things don't hurt."


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"Barack was a black man in America, after all". "So I didn't really know what to expect", Michelle admitted.

"Hillary was the safer bet for them because she was known". The epilogue is full of surprise decisions she took in her life.

Living in the White House for eight years, @MichelleObama had staffers providing everything she could have possibly needed, except for time. "But I don't think I ever thought, 'I'm just checking out of this", People quoted the former first lady as saying.

Obama, who was eventually joined by her brother, Craig Robinson, also discussed past fertility issues and the fact that she feels her parents still favor Craig. Most specifically, how the former first lady had offered her help to Melania Trump, and has yet to hear from her.

"No", Obama said in response to if Trump had reached out to her.

"The whole [birther] thing was insane and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed", she writes.

"And for this", she adds, "I'd never forgive him".

"I sometimes wonder where bottom might be".

Obama paid the same gesture forward to Melania Trump - despite reports that FLOTUS 45 allegedly plagiarised parts of Obama's 2008 convention speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016.

One moment came during her childhood in Chicago, when she was sitting with other young girls. "'Would you tell him about himself?!' And lo and behold, counseling [sic] wasn't that at all", she said.

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