Michelle Obama’s new memoir “Becoming,” reportedly sees the former first lady in her usual role of going high “when they go low.” According to the New York Times, the American lawyer touches on aspects of her life related to childhood and to her years in the White House. Still, while the book remains largely autobiographical with Obama maintining her attitude of bearing a higher ground in the face of intolerance and fear, released excerpts from the book prove that as much as she strives to project light and positivity, she is also a fighter with strong opinions about societal views of women and the current administration’s treatment of people of color.
On being a student of color at an Ivy League school.
Recalling her experience as an undergraduate minority student at Princeton, Obama writes that the burden of ensuring “heterogeneous harmony” was largely placed on the shoulders of minority students. “Minority and underprivileged rise to the challenge all of the time but it takes energy it takes energy to be the only black person in a lecture hall. or one of a few nonwhite people trying out for a play or joining an intermural team it requires effort, an extra level of confidence to speak in those settings and own your presence in the room,” she writes.
On what it means to be a woman with a career and understanding inequality while trying to conceive.
Writing about a time when Barack Obama was working a senator in Illinois and the two were attempting to start a family together, Obama wrote “We had one pregnancy test come back positive which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy but a couple of weeks later I had a miscarriage which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we’d felt,” Obama writes at on point before going on to detail what it was like to administer IVF shots to herself while her husband was making the rounds as a politician in the state legislature. “None of this was his fault, but it wasn’t equal, either.”
In Donald Trump and the hand he has had in spreading sexism, misogyny, and racism and particularly his role in promoting “birther” conspiracies that questioned her husband’s citizenship.
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JOIN ME ON MY BOOK TOUR! www.becomingmichelleobama.com #IAmBecoming I’m from the South Side of Chicago. I went to Princeton and Harvard. I’m a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a sister. I’ve been a lawyer, a nonprofit leader, a hospital executive, and First Lady of the United States. I like to call these my “stats” – the shorthand we all seem to default to whenever we tell our stories. Where are you from? What do you do? What school did you go to? As I’ve written my memoir, BECOMING, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my story, mining it for the kinds of details I’d usually just brush off or even forget about—the narrow taillights of my father’s car, a talk with my mother on a drive home, the heat of my daughter’s forehead when she ran a fever. And in doing so, I’ve realized that those surface-level “stats” don’t really tell my story at all. This fall, I’d like to share that fuller story with all of you on my book tour. It’s the story of my humdrum plainness, my tiny victories, my lasting bruises, my ordinary hopes and worries. It’s the story of who I am, truly, and I’m proud of it—blemishes and all. Go to BecomingMichelleObama.com to find out where I’ll be and how to get tickets. #IAmBecoming I hope to see you somewhere along the way!
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“I’ve lain awake at night, fuming over what’s come to pass. It’s been distressing to see how the behavior and the political agenda of the current president have caused many Americans to doubt themselves and to doubt and fear one another,” Obama wrote about the current administration. “I sometimes wonder where the bottom might be.”
In an interview promoting her book, the former first lady told Oprah that she would never forgive Trump for spreading falsehoods about his citizenship that ultimately put her family’s safety at risk. “For him it was a game. But the threats that you face as the commander in chief are real. And your children are at risk. In order for my children to have a normal life, even though they had security, they were in the world in a way that we weren’t,” Obama explained. “It was reckless, it put my family in danger, and it wasn’t true. And he knew it wasn’t true… We had a bullet shot at the Yellow Oval Room during our tenure in the White House. A lunatic came and shot from Constitution Avenue. The bullet hit the upper-left corner of a window. I see it to this day: the window of the Truman Balcony, where my family would sit. That was really the only place we could get outdoor space. Fortunately, nobody was out there at the time.”
Obama’s book “Becoming,” is set to debut on Nov. 13.