Michelle And Barack Obama Did Couples Therapy, She Says In Memoir 'Becoming'

Hannah Rogers
November 16, 2018

Ms Obama, whose husband Barack served two terms as president from 2009 to 2017, makes the revelation in her new book, Becoming, which comes out on Tuesday in the US.

In advance of her new memoir Becoming, Michelle Obama is getting real about the challenges she and Barack Obama have faced in their 26-year marriage.

Former first lady Michelle Obama, in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, said the results of the midterm elections were inspiring and addressed whether Hillary Clinton should run for office again.

Michelle Obama and Donald Trump at Trump's inauguration. And once she made it to the White House and became determined to set her own agenda as first lady, she was relieved to find that despite her undeniable Mrs. status, she didn't feel "like my life was on hold for someone else". Obama is launching a book tour to promote her memoir "Becoming," a tour featuring arenas and other performing centers to accommodate crowds likely far too big for any bookstore.

During the interview, Obama talked about how she felt when she met her husband, future president Barack Obama, at a Chicago law firm.

"When you're in the White House and you have that platform and that responsibility where every word matters, you're often thinking - or at least Barack and I often thought - 'Is what we're about to say going to help?' Is it going to move the needle forward?" In the former FLOTUS' memoir Becoming, she writes about the moment their oldest daughter Malia asked them to "just be cool".

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"The one thing I'm claiming is that my story is the quintessential American story", she told the audience.

She reached out similarly to First Lady Melania Trump during that transition, reporting she never heard back. She admits: "I wanted to not know that fact for as long as I possibly could".

Obama then talks about the pressure of being the first black family to reside in the White House.

Asked during an appearance on ABC News if Melania ever took her up on the offer, Michelle answered "No". The Obamas have said they will donate a "significant portion" of their author proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation. Rather than condemn systemic inequality, structural racism and gender bias, Obama told the students they could win allies by first acknowledging to themselves that their unique experiences are their strengths.

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