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Becoming Me, Becoming Us, Becoming More

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Krissah Thompson: In Revealing New Memoir, Michelle Obama Candidly Shares Her Story

As Michelle Obama’s highly anticipated memoir “Becoming” arrives, it’s clear that the former first lady is occupying a space in the culture beyond politics. “I don’t think anybody will be necessarily prepared to read a memoir like this — especially coming from a first lady,” said Shonda Rhimes, the television producer, who read an advance copy of Obama’s book. The first-lady memoir is a rite of passage, but Obama’s is different by virtue of her very identity. “Becoming” takes her historic status as the first black woman to serve as first lady and melds it deftly into the American narrative. She writes of the common aspects of her story and — as the only White House resident to count an enslaved great-great-grandfather as an ancestor — of its singular sweep. “The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” she writes. “What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”

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She divides the memoir into three parts: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, Becoming More. The first section is a deep, often sociological exploration of Chicago and the people and institutions there. Its textured discussion of gentrification, public education, race and class are reminders that Obama majored in sociology and minored in African American studies at Princeton University. The second section, Becoming Us, is a romp through her romance with Barack Obama, starting a family with him and her search for work that she loved. It begins with words that have never before been written by a first lady about her man: “As soon as I allowed myself to feel anything for Barack, the feelings came rushing — a toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder.” She also shares intimate details for the first time, for instance, that she and her husband had trouble getting pregnant, suffered a miscarriage, and that both daughters were conceived through in vitro fertilization. And that she did a great deal of this while her husband was away serving in the state legislature, leaving her to administer the shots that are a part of that process herself.

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137 Responses to “Becoming Me, Becoming Us, Becoming More”


  1. 1 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2018 at 10:09 am

    that is the Forever First Lady ….. ;

    thank you very much FLOTUS for your honesty

  2. 2 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

    i am not going to click on the comments associated with the tweets about FLOTUS …. the expectation is that a number of them are intended to perpetuate the worst part of humanity ….. I am not in the moody to stress myself out …..

  3. 9 CEB
    November 9, 2018 at 10:17 am

    You always come through, NW. Thanks for posting this so soon.

  4. 12 Nerdy Wonka
    November 9, 2018 at 10:18 am

    • 13 Don
      November 9, 2018 at 10:37 am

      To the majority of black people Bernie Sanders isn’t anything complicated. We saw him for what he was, a master of keeping the status quo, status quo. Bernie Sanders thought he was the “great white hope,” and a lot of people fell for it. He excuses some of those white people that were uncomfortable of voting for a black man, and that in itself is the very definition of racism. Fuck Bernie Sanders and the horse he rode in on.

  5. 16 deserflower
    November 9, 2018 at 10:22 am

    If it is even possible, I love this woman even more:)

  6. November 9, 2018 at 10:23 am

    First Lady Michelle Obama changed my life. I think about myself differently. I feel differently about myself. I look to her as a mentor, a life coach, a beautiful example of authenticity. And I’m so thankful that PBO found her and treats her with incredible love and respect.

  7. 23 deserflower
    November 9, 2018 at 10:26 am

  8. 24 CEB
    November 9, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Learning about their infertility issues gutted me. I had always assumed that they waited years to become parents because of their work and because they enjoyed just being the two of them. Opening up about this will help so many couples, but especially the women. Just by being herself her star will continue to rise and shine and we are the better for it. I pre-ordered my copy months ago and will be clearing my day to delve into the book when it arrives.

  9. 25 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Love my Forever FLOTUS!

  10. 26 deserflower
    November 9, 2018 at 10:29 am

    They need to learn to respect and value every vote. Long way from that

  11. 27 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 10:30 am

    This and the responses. Whoo.

  12. 31 Don
    November 9, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Man oh man! I’m off next Tuesday and I can’t wait to run down to the book store and buy Michele’s book! A Black Women living in the White House telling her story!

    • 32 Dudette
      November 9, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      My Christmas list will be like
      Done
      Done
      aaaand Done! ✔️

      • 33 cd4biden
        November 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm

        My kids don’t ask me anymore what I want for my birthday, Mothers Day, Xmas. They know its a slam dunk if its anything related to POTUS, FLOTUS, Pete Souza, RBG, or any Obama staff people. 😁

  13. 34 Nena20409
    November 9, 2018 at 10:39 am

    This is a Great Post,💙💚❤ NW❤💚💙. Obrigada.🌹
    Unbeatable.
    Thank you so much.
    It’s going to be a great weekend & next week will be even better & as Mrs. Obama travels around, Holy Moses, we get to follow her wonderful Journey. There’s simply no Place like TOD and no Folks better than Obama Supporters as 😍☺🤗we🤗☺😍 at TODville Global Community.

  14. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    November 9, 2018 at 10:41 am

  15. 39 pkayden
    November 9, 2018 at 10:44 am

  16. 41 deserflower
    November 9, 2018 at 10:45 am

    He’s such a moron

  17. 44 Don
    November 9, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I don’t think that the new acting AG is long for the job, Scaramucci might last longer than this guy.

    • November 9, 2018 at 11:31 am

      PBO is even an inspiration to all the lefties out here! (Something that used to be punished – as was my mom which caused her to stutter as a youngster). Possibly lefties have access to more parts of their brains…

      • 48 Anna
        November 9, 2018 at 12:36 pm

        My mother threatened anyone who dared to try and make me write with my right hand, I am 73, that included teachers. Don’t remember her saying what she would do if they tried, ha.

      • 49 Dudette
        November 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        As a lefty, I’m liking your thinking here. 😁

  18. 50 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 11:03 am

    😆😆😆 A little pee came out!

  19. November 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

    “Wednesday, the Abrams campaign claimed that nearly 100,000 ballots, and possibly more, remained uncounted…More than 1,800 machines sat idle in storage in three of the state’s largest and most heavily Democratic counties… As the vote-counting continued, voting rights advocates accused Kemp — who as secretary of state is Georgia’s top election officer — and local officials of disenfranchising thousands of voters on Election Day.” (WaPo) Let’s disempower and dump all the Kemps, Trumps and Whitakers who think they are above the law.
    All.the.Votes.

  20. 53 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

  21. 54 Nena20409
    November 9, 2018 at 11:13 am

    🙏💙🙏
    #RBG is out of the Hospital.
    TGIF!

  22. 56 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 11:17 am

  23. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2018 at 11:17 am

    The adorable and notorious RBG has been released from the hospital, and will be “working from home.” I love that woman!

  24. 60 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 11:24 am

    LOL!

  25. 61 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 11:26 am

    😔 🙏🏾

  26. 62 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

  27. 63 sjterrid
    November 9, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Thank you so much for this post, Nerdy. Can’t wait until I get my book, and see her in Philadelphia on Nov. 29th.
    Good morning, TOD!

  28. 67 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 12:14 pm

  29. November 9, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Dicktraitor responds with lies after FLOTUS’s comment re: “unforgivable”.
    FACTCHECK by WaPo on “Trump’s claim of a depleted military in 2017: “his claim is both an exaggeration and an oversimplification. According
    to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the Department of Defense’s base budget grew by 31 percent between fiscal
    2000 and 2014, with an annual average growth rate of 1.9 percent. The growth is a reflection of the fact the U.S. military entered two wars during that time period: The war in Afghanistan in 2001 and the Iraq War in 2003.”
    Obama didn’t cut the military budget. Republicans in Congress did with the sequester. Presidents do not have the power to set the military’s budget. The other key point is that even in Obama’s last year in office, the military budget was still bigger than it was before the Iraq and Afghanistan wars began.”

  30. November 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    WORKS FOR ME.

  31. November 9, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    My God, we are so close to insanity every day.

    • November 9, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      No. No. Not. Mr. Mueller is absolutely valid.
      It is apparatchick Whitacker who is utterly unconstitutional, fake, unconfirmed by Congress, unqualified and liable to criminal liability if interferes in any way with the Mueller investigation. There is a 5-year statute of limitations and Whitaker will not escape. Will have to testify.
      Trumputin is trying it on and must be knocked back. Period.

  32. November 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    “A U.S. judge in Montana has halted construction of the Keystone XL pipeline designed to carry heavy crude oil from Canada to the -United States, drawing a sharp rebuke on Friday from President Donald Trump.” (Reuters)
    –PM Trudeau you are fab but wake up on Oil! Alberta is freaking out. Of course KOCH has a massive investment up there. U.S. indigenous lands and U.S. farmlands are not Canada poison depositories! I happen to know that somewhere every day on average there are 12 oil leaks. Please respect our aquifer and clean water: PBO said No to Keystone in 2015 for these reasons. Trumpolluter reversed that.

  33. November 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Nerdy Wonka thanks for this place where we can contribute. We Are Alive!! We are all Connected.
    TGIF and a good day to all.

  34. 78 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 1:19 pm

  35. 93 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Put him in the front row, dammit! 😁

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  38. 98 JER
    November 9, 2018 at 1:43 pm

  39. November 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    OMG, David.

  40. 105 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm

  41. 106 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 2:08 pm

  42. November 9, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    folks are talking loud and saying nothing

  43. November 9, 2018 at 2:24 pm

  44. 109 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 2:33 pm

  45. 113 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Ooooo look!

  46. 114 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    John Harwood says “they have the receipts!” 😆

  47. 115 deserflower
    November 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Lying POS will have justice hunt his fat, sorry ass down

  48. November 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm

  49. 117 deserflower
    November 9, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Yes. I hate him with the heat of 1,000 suns

  50. 118 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm

  51. November 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm

  52. November 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Tellllllling It Like It Isss

  53. 121 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 3:16 pm

  54. 122 Tally
    November 9, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    • 123 0388jojothecat
      November 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Whatever he asks Mueller would be considered illegal and Mueller does not have to answer him. If he moves to fire Mueller it will cause a constitutional crisis.

  55. 124 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 4:45 pm

  56. 125 Dudette
    November 9, 2018 at 4:46 pm

  57. 126 pkayden
    November 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

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  63. 137 Nena20409
    November 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm


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