Being a former First Lady is an august role in US public life, almost akin to being a royal.
You can’t quite speak out about politics, or even be pictured stumbling out of a wine bar at 2am.
Michelle Obama has adapted to her role wonderfully post-White House. Her memoir, Becoming, sold 11.5 million copies and her children’s TV cookery show Waffles + Mochi was a Netflix hit.
Her follow-up was a book, The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times, where the radiant Michelle “shares the contents of her ‘personal toolbox’ – the habits and practices, attitudes and beliefs, and even physical objects that she uses to overcome her feelings of fear, helplessness and self-doubt”.
That book now has an associated podcast, called The Light. If it all sounds a bit airy-fairy, Michelle manages to aim a sly dig at the man who took over from her husband in the Oval Office. Donald Trump claimed there was a record crowd to see him inaugurated as President, which defied…well, reality.
Michelle recalled the moment she and Barack left via helicopter.
“You walk through the Capitol, you wave goodbye, you get on Marine One, and you take your last flight flying over the Capitol,” she said.
“There weren’t that many people there. We saw it, by the way!”
Obama is joined by American news anchor Hoda Kotb on her first week. She and Obama have plenty of advice, especially for young people.
“You’re in the experimental phase,” she says. “You’re gonna start to explore, you’re gonna try on jobs, you’re gonna not like them. You’re gonna learn from that stuff.
“You’re just starting the journey…”
Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast, Audible
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