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What We’ve Learned from Michelle Obama’s Becoming

What We’ve Learned from Michelle Obama’s Becoming

The Washington Post on Friday printed excerpts from Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming. The former First Lady wrote that Donald Trump’s pushing of the “birther controversy” -- which said Barack Obama was born in Kenya and not eligible to be president -- jeopardized her family’s safety. “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,” Obama wrote. “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.” FLOTUS44 also revealed while promoting her book last week that she and the 57-year-old ex-commander in chief have been to marriage counseling before to “talk out our differences.” She also says she took a page out of former First Lady Laura Bush’s playbook and reached out to Melania Trump to offer advice on the years ahead, but the current First Lady has not reached out. She revealed this and much more in her deeply personal memoir, including the her struggles with infertility and the advice Hillary Clinton gave her about being the First Lady. The book is officially released today, and Barnes & Noble announced that Obama’s memoir has sold more pre-orders than any other adult book since Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchmanwas published in 2015. Obama’s book tour kicks off this evening in Chicago with a conversation moderated by Oprah, who has announced Becoming as her next book club selection. Tickets to tonight’s event, which run as high as $2,750, sold out quickly. It is the first stop on a 10-city book tour across the country. Tickets to Obama’s tour stop in London sold out in minutes, as more than 60,000 people clamoured for just over 2,700 seats at the event at Royal Festival Hall on December 3rd. More here.

Kamala Harris Rumored to Announce 2020 Campaign Early Next Year

Kamala Harris Rumored to Announce 2020 Campaign Early Next Year

Most VC Firms Don’t Have a Single Black Investor

Most VC Firms Don’t Have a Single Black Investor