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Becoming Michelle Obama: My Favorite First Lady

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"Becoming" is a book written by Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the USA. This book is a recommendation from a girl boss slash CEO that I look up to, Angely Dub. She mentioned that it is one of her favorite books and so, last year, I gave it a go and read it.

What is it all about?

"Becoming" is the memoir of former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

The book walks me through the wonderful journey of Michelle Obama. It has 3 sections: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, Becoming More.

Becoming Me is about becoming herself from being a child who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, having her first kiss as a teenager, entering Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and getting started with her early career where she met her man.

Becoming Us tells about her romantic relationship with her loving husband, the former USA president Barack Obama. It also departs when Barack Obama "swerve" from corporate law to the non-profit organization and to entering politics. Michelle Obama showed how she juggled her responsibilities on being a mother, a wife, and also speaking at political events.

Becoming More notes the presidency of Barack Obama, the campaigns of Michelle Obama, and the aspect of the Obamas as first family.

My Book Review

In the first section, Becoming Me, she has a great childhood experience, mostly because of having great parents. Their parents are wise when it comes to their housing as they prefer to just rent rather than buying a house because it is what they can afford. Basically, their parents weren't pressured to buy one just because others do it. I am not a parent but I have learned so much about parenting through this book. Highly recommended for parents!) I just wanna share these lines from the book, which can be helpful for parents.

She loved us consistently, Craig and me, but we were not overmanaged. Her goal was to push us out into the world. “I’m not raising babies,” she’d tell us. “I’m raising adults.” She and my dad offered guidelines rather than rules. It meant that as teenagers we’d never have a curfew. Instead, they’d ask, “What’s a reasonable time for you to be home?” and then trust us to stick to our word.

The way their parents raised them is more on advice rather than rules that need to be strictly followed all the time. It is like readying them for the real world, letting their children decide on their own because after all, it's the children's life so they make their own decisions. As she and her brother grew up, their parents just basically trusted them with their life-choices as they had confidence that they raised their children well.

In Becoming Us, I overall love the love story of Barack and Michelle. I honestly knew so little about the Obamas before I read this book. Through this book, you will somehow fall in love with Barack because of how Michelle tells the story. On how she tells it, it is evident that Barack is really an intelligent man and has an empathy with people which makes him a great leader. Here's a quote from the book that I want to share that made me laugh hard, and is proof that he really is a person with empathy...

I woke one night to find him staring at the ceiling, his profile lit by the glow of streetlights outside. He looked vaguely troubled, as if he were pondering something deeply personal. Was it our relationship? The loss of his father?

“Hey, what’re you thinking about over there?” I whispered.

He turned to look at me, his smile a little sheepish. “Oh,” he said. “I was just thinking about income inequality.” (LOL! 🤣)

Another quotable quote that makes me really adore Barack...

“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”

I mean, come on... Through this book, how I just hope that leaders are more like him.

As a Filipino, I don't have much idea on how politics are in the USA. But this book gave me a glimpse on how it is, and what it's like to live inside the White House. I don't know with anyone, but I am really fascinated and shocked with almost everything related to it, additionally because the story-telling is kinda very detailed to the point like you will feel like you are one of the first family. LOL.

I wanna share another fun quote from this book. (Sasha is her daughter.)

Sasha’s agents, including Beth Celestini and Lawrence Tucker—whom everyone called L.T.—had become beloved fixtures at Sidwell. Kids begged L.T. to push them on the swing set during recess. (I this part funny and cute haha)

If you read this, from a perspective of a normal person simply living, you will discover more fascinating things that really happened to the privileged first family. Like they can't go on a simple date at a restaurant because the President needs a LOT of chaperone, meeting Queen Elizabeth, and so on. You will also despise Donald Trump through this book.

Photo from The New Yorker

Closing thoughts

In conclusion, this book made me look up to Michelle Obama who is a classy, witty, and kind-hearted woman. She is the very first First Lady of the USA that I knew and I loved. Also, this book made me fall in love with Barack Obama's personality. How I hope Barack would be the world's president (impossible, I know). This book is also good for parenting purposes and has a lot of life learnings.

After reading this book, I straight up added it to one of my favorites! It is my first time to read a memoir and I didn't know that it is this amazing to read a journey of someone who's well-known. I actually want to read more memoirs and the books that I wanna read if ever are The Promised Land by Barack Obama and Shoe Dog by the Creator of Nike (I have the physical book but haven't finished it yet haha). Hopefully, I can stop making excuses and just read them.

If you have read this already, please let me know. If you haven't yet, do you have plans to read it anytime soon?

Anyways, I have an e-book of this and just tell me if you want a copy. 😉

As always, thank you for reading! 🥰


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Becoming (book) - Wikipedia


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I love how the book was divided, and I particularly love the Becoming Me. She has practical parents and that is something she have to thank them.

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1 month ago

Yah, I like it too. I was confused at first why is it divided into 3 haha. I love Becoming Me also cause of her fun childhood and amazing parents.

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1 month ago

Michelle Obama really is one of the best role models for girls. I admire how she just keeps doing her thing despite all the below the belt insults people throw at her. She also has a kids' show on Netflix about food and culture. That's a good watch.

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1 month ago

Super agree! That's why she's one of the few women I look up to.

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1 month ago

I have a copy of the book. It was given to me last 2018 but I haven't started reading it yet until now! Seeing this review, I might start reading it the soonest. Hahaha! I always kinda like Michelle. She has this aura of a strong, kind, and witty woman whom you can relate to, even if you're not close. Just sharing hehehe!

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How nice that you have the physical book cause I only read it through ebook. You should give it a shot. The book is so nice. Yup. Those are Michelle's personality plus she's also full of wisdom <3

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1 month ago

I've previously heard a lot about her and with your article combined, I realise she's a really wonderful person, just like her husband.

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1 month ago

Agree. That's why she and her husband are indeed a perfect match :D

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1 month ago

I want a wife like her.

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1 month ago

Saan mo nabili yung book nya? Inspirational story ba?

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1 month ago

ebook lang po, di ako bumili kasi pricy haha. yes it is.

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1 month ago

Thanks for doing this write-up. It made me more interested in it. But even without reading her memoir, I have admired Michelle if only for her wisdom and how she is worth emulating as a human being. It seems to me that in spite her stature, it would still be so easy to come up to her and talk because she makes people comfortable in her presence by being simple, approachable and warm. Willing to share your e-book? Thanks!!!

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1 month ago

My pleasure. Yup, do you have a telegram? If yes, what's your username? I can send you the copy :D

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1 month ago

okay if you send via email? alena824@yahoo.com... thanks!

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1 month ago

Done! No worries :D

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1 month ago

Got it, thanks!

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1 month ago

Michelle and Barack is the best couple I know and I really admire their relationship and how they handle their kids also. For me Obama is the best president ever. I haven't read that book but maybe someday I will buy and read that one po.

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Same! I super admire them too! And yes, he's the best president I know so far. I have an ebook copy if you want so you won't buy one anymore, if ever :)

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Oh thank you for the offer po. But how can I get it po if ever I want to?

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Through telegram if it's okay. Do you want? What's your @ po?

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1 month ago

Oh I don't have telegram account po. Maybe next time na lang po. 😊

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1 month ago

I don't know about her. But seems like she is a good woman, I mean she is one of those brave woman who represent girls for being brave. 😮

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Yep, she is a very good woman. She has a campaign particularly for women's education .

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1 month ago

Nice to hear from you again ")

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Yah. Sorry I've been inactive here on read.cash because of acads, but I managed to be active in noise.cash in return. I miss this platform. ❤️

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We miss you too :) I like the Obama family. Feeling ko ang humble2 ni sir Barack.

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