Michelle Obama is currently touring the U.S. to talk about her new memoir, Becoming. In the book, she writes openly and honestly about everything from her struggles with fertility to attending marriage counseling to how to find a Barack Obama of your own. So it’s no surprise that when I attended the first New York stop of her Becoming book tour, I was completely blown away by her words and stories.
On Saturday, December 1st, our forever First Lady stopped by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The event was moderated by Elizabeth Alexander, a poet, essayist, playwright, and longtime friend of Obama’s. You may recognize Alexander as the woman who recited the poem “Praise Song for the Day” (which she wrote) at President Obama’s 2009 inauguration.
Throughout the night, Obama also dropped a lot of wisdom about parenting, vulnerability, and the importance of female friendships. She also opened up about the struggles of being a working mom, saying that years ago, there was a time when she was balancing a full-time job as a lawyer with raising her daughters Sasha and Malia. And during that time, her husband was often out of town in Washington, D.C., campaigning, or traveling for work.
In a very candid moment, Obama got super real about how women still can’t “have it all.”
Obama also spoke at length about her parents, Marian and the late Fraser Robinson, and the values they instilled in her at a young age.
In a more serious moment, Obama spoke about the dangers of being a woman in today’s world.
Obama also spoke about attending marriage counseling with her husband.
Obama thanked her girlfriends for their friendship and reminded women to lean on each other, not turn against each other.
Above all else, Obama hoped to inspire everyone to become who they’re meant to be.
She reminded the audience that it’s okay to be open up and be vulnerable.
Becoming is available wherever books are sold.