Michelle Obama’s new memoir, Becoming, was released Tuesday, full of never-heard stories from the first first lady’s childhood and eight years in the White House.
Obama is soaringly opposed to a large number of subjects, from her shock after reading that Donald Trump had won the presidential election in 2016 for her to be labeled as an “angry black woman” by racists.
There are also many attentive moments, such as the kindness that President George W. Bush and the first lady Laura Bush showed her after her husband, President Barack Obama, were chosen and the time when her and her daughter Malia knocked out the White House.
Michelle Obama’s book, which Oprah Winfrey has already chosen for her book club, is sold Tuesday, where books are sold.
Here are some of the most interesting anecdotes that Obama shares in the book:
- The Robinson family’s focus on education alienated Michelle from her friends at the South Side of Chicago which grew up. She reminds one day when she was about ten, and a cousin asked her, “How are you like a white girl?” While denying it at that time, Michelle writes that the accusation “held a core of something that was confusing for both ice.” We seemed to be related but of two different worlds. “
- One of the most important moments of Michelle’s life was when she went to a college counselor and was told she was not “Princeton material” even though she was at the top of her class at a magnetic school, a part of the student government , member of the National Honor Society, and sister of a current Princeton student. She decided to apply anyway and come in. “I would not let a person’s opinion loosen all I thought I knew about myself,” she said.
- When she arrived at Princeton, she realized that the other students were not smarter than her because she led to believing. “I did not try to get scared when classroom talks were dominated by male students, often as they were. Hearing them, I realized they were not smarter than the rest of us. They were simply built, floating on an old tidal of superiority, built by the fact that history had never told them anything different. “
- Michelle was not impressed by Barack before meeting him in 1
989 when he was awarded her mentee while completing a summer federation at her law firm. The office assistants, who had seen him come in to interview, said he was cute, but Michelle said she was “unscathed” by the image she saw in the staff catalog – “a less than flattering, illuminated main image of a guy with a big smile and a lot of geekiness. “
- Michelle described Barack’s style as” challenged. “ She reminds one night before they started dating when she invited him to a happy hour with her friends. “He replaced his work clothes, I noticed and wore a white linen blower that looked like it would come straight out of the Miami dress.
- The five-year-old Sasha was less than impressed by the White House when Michelle took their daughters on a 2006 tour when Barack was a senator. When the tour guide said they moved to the Red Room, Sasha looked up at [Michelle] and blurted, in the uncomfortable voice of a terrified kindergartner, “Oh nooo, not another ROM!” “
- After winning the 2008 presidential election, the Bush family offered Obama the White House, which is tradition. Barack’s favorite part of the tour was the gym something he shared with President Bush. Michel’s favorite part of the trip was to see his future dressing room which overlooks Rose Garden and Oval Office. Laura Bush said Hillary Clinton “had shown her the same view when she first came to the White House eight years earlier. And eight years before, her mother-in-law Barbara Bush had pointed out the view of Hillary.” Michelle said that he looked out at the window reminding her “that I was part of a humble continuum.”  Read more: Melania Trump never reached out to Michelle Obama for advice on being the first lady
- On her husband, 100,000 dollars refused in federal funds to move and reform the White House: ” As long as I’ve known him, he’s been like this: extra alert when it comes to questions about money and ethics, which goes to a higher standard than dictated by teams. There’s an age limit in the black community: You have must be twice as good to get half as far. “
- They burst Beyoncé in the president’s limo after going on the parade road during Barack’s first opening.
- On what it felt like becoming the first black first lady: “As the only African American first lady in the White House, I was” another “almost as usual. If it was an assumed mercy I knew that I was not likely to be the same to me. I had learned through the campaign that I had to get better, faster, smarter and stronger than ever. My grace would have to earn. “
- About how the custom Jason Wu coat she carried on her first Inaugural Ball made her feel ready to take the role of first lady: “The dress resurrected the dream of my family’s metamorphosis, the promise of all this experience, transforms I’m not a full-blown ballroom princess, at least in a woman who’s able to climb another stage. I was now FLOTUS-First Lady in the US-to Barack’s POTUS. It was time to celebrate. “
- Michelle says she had to go a “thin line” when it came to dressing: “I would stand out without shadowing others, to blend in but not fade away. As a black woman, I knew I would be criticized if I perceived as pranky and high end, and I would also be criticized if I was too relaxed. I mixed it up. I would match a high-end Michael Kors skirt with a t-shirt from Gap. I had something from Target one day and Diane von Furstenbe rg next. “
- She noticed two things at her husband’s first speech before a joint session of the congress. The first was the lack of diversity, which she called “sharp” and “embarrassing – for a modern multicultural country”. She was also disappointed with the behavior of the Republicans, who “stayed sitting through most of” Barack’s speech “, constantly and angryly, their arms weighed and their wrinkled, deliberate and similar children who had not got their way.” She confesses that after the event she wondered if “there was any way forward”.
- She found her life in the Patriarchal White House: “Barack was now surrounded by people whose job was to treat him as a precious gem. It sometimes felt like a return to a lost time when a household revolted only around Man’s need, and that was the opposite of what I wanted our daughters to think was normal. “
- Why did she decide to start the White House garden: ” I knew what was important to me. I did not want to be a kind of well-dressed ornament that turned out to be on parties and bandwraps. To do things that were purposeful and lasting. “
- Michelle gave a speech at a child’s hospital when the news about the Sandy Hook shot broke. As soon as she invaded her speech, her assistants informed what had happened, and that her husband wanted her to return to the White House immediately. “It was the only time of eight years that he would request my presence in the middle of the working day … When I entered the Oval Office, Barack and I embraced quietly. There was nothing to say. No words.”
- Living and Sunny, the family’s two dogs, acted as surrogate of Malia and Sasha varieties: “Knowing that Malia and Sasha were basically limited, White House’s communication team began to request the dogs for official appearances … They made excellent ambassadors impervious to criticism and unconscious about his own fame. “
- Michelle was fought with anxiety during the election night of 2012. The first lady sent a text to assistants early at night, asked how things went but did not get a response and feared that Romney had drawn forward. She was “almost ready to get out of anxiety” when Barack came into her bedroom, completely relaxed. “We’re kidding,” he said. “It’s basically done.” She later learned that the service on her phone had been disconnected and her texts never sent.
- Michelle and Malia smashed out of the White House to see the president’s residence bathed in the rainbow light after the monumental supreme court decision to legalize gay marriage. They strove past guards, but ran into trouble when the door they tried to use was locked. The staff led them to load doors where they could get out watching the lights together. “Malia and I leaned together, happy to have found us here.”
- The Queen of England had a sassy comment when she called Michelle to sit next to her on the drive back to Windsor Castle during her last meeting, even though they were told her husband would get the seat: “They give you some rules about this, “[the Queen] said, all beings dismissed by the hand’s wave.” It’s rubbish. Wherever you want. “”
- Why did she decide to speak to President Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention : “Since childhood, I thought it was important to talk to bullying, while not bending to their level. And to be clear, we were now on a bullying, a man who, among other things, muted minorities and expressed contempt for prisoners of war and challenged our country’s dignity with virtually all challenges. “
- Her reaction when Trump first announced his candidacy at a press conference during which he called Mexican immigrants the” raids “: ” I thought he was just grandstanding and sucked the media’s attention to his ability. Nothing about how he performed himself suggested he was serious about wanting to rule. “
- Michelle says she should never” forgive “Trump to question her husband’s birth certificate. When he first questioned Barack’s citizenship, Michelle says:” It seemed that he only made noise in general and suggested cable shows to offer shame, unknown criticism of Barack’s foreign policy decision and openly question whether he was a US citizen. “She says she found the Birther controversy” crazy and conscious, “the underlying bigotry and xenophobia are hardly hidden.” With all Hate addressed to her husband and family, she became worried about her safety. “Donald Trump, with her high and ruthless innuendos, puts my family’s safety at risk. And for that I would never forgive him. “
- On Trumps” Get Them Away “band: ” My body was raging with rage after hearing that tape, “she said, allowing her to decide to deal with it directly at a speech for Clinton next week. “I had to try to address Trumps words directly, to counter their voice with my own.”
- Michelle says she is scared of women’s support Trump in the election: “I’m always wondering what led so many women to reject in particular an exceptionally qualified female candidate and instead choose a misogynist as her president. “