Obama memoir 'Becoming' released as part of $60M book deal

NPR host Audie Cornish interviews former first lady Michelle Obama about her memoir Becoming in Chicago Ill. Nov. 2

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"She really didn't want to join them in the White House for that reason".

Obama admitted she first got the idea to pay it forward from Bush, who had given her the same offer for help.

Michelle has launched the promotional tour of her book on Tuesday at Chicago's United Center, where thousands of people purchased tickets to attend the event, which was moderated by media mogul Oprah Winfrey. The arena, which normally plays home to the Blackhawks and Bulls, was clad in full rock concert regalia: a step-and-repeat and dedicated marquees with an aesthetic that would have been at home on the On the Run Tour.

It was the day of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, and smiling was the polite thing to do. Michelle Obama said the current FLOTUS has not reached out to her for advice, thankyouverymuch.

But it seems she was keen to return to doing simple things by herself, so on one of her first nights alone in her new house, she delighted in making her own cheese toast and sat in her garden to enjoy it, as her dogs Sunny and Bo kept her company.

But the emotional bulk of the show was vested in just that: Emotions.

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During the interview, Obama talked about how she felt when she met her husband, future president Barack Obama, at a Chicago law firm. "I believe it's going to spark within you the desire to think about your own becoming", Winfrey, who on Monday told The Associated Press in a statement that she had selected "Becoming" for her book club.

"So I'll never forgive him for what he did to our military". Given that Barack Obama's previous books, Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope, were both bestsellers, and that both Obamas are still very popular, it's likely a good bet that their books will both be big hits. The epilogue is full of surprise decisions she took in her life.

That worry inspired her to move to Washington, D.C., where Obama said her mother became a beloved figure in the White House. "And for this I'd never forgive him", she wrote.

The former first lady, now 54, refrains from second guessing whether Russian meddling, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's intervention or flaws in Clinton's campaigns brought about Clinton's loss. "She's an icon and an incredible example for how we can live our lives".

"I want the country to take this in, in a way I didn't say out loud, but I am saying now", she said.

In a separate interview with ABC News ahead of Tuesday's release of her memoir, "Becoming," Michelle Obama also revealed she suffered a miscarriage 20 years ago, and that she underwent in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive her two daughters. As a whole, it painted a picture of the country as one where everyone counts and Obama's repeated mantras sounded like a chant. So I had to share my vulnerability and also learn to love differently. Told me I was angry.

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