Great disclosures with Michelle Obama's new memories have become headlines, including the fact that she and Barack Obama turned around in vitro fertilization to get to know her two daughters.
There are also some smaller tidbits in the "Becoming" published by Crown on Tuesday that are new. There are half a dozen of them here:
1. Tip Hillary Clinton.
After moving to the White House, Michelle Obama sat with one of her predecessors as the first lady, Hillary Clinton, who was then Secretary of State. Michelle's new role was undefined and sometimes confused, "a strange kind of anchor for the president."
Hillary Clinton was discovered for her own mistakes. She told her successor that she "misjudged the country's readiness to have a pro-active professional woman acting as the first lady", Michelle Obama remembers. "She tried too fast too, it seemed and she went straight into the wall."
Over the next eight years, she said: "I've tried to pay attention to this wall."
First lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the International Women's Death in 2012 in Washington, DC, March 8, 2012. Obama shares the advice she received from Clinton in her new book. (Photo: JEWEL SAMAD, AFP / Getty Images)
2. Even the feet of the king can be damaged.
At her first dinner in the Buckingham Palace, Michelle Obama began to chat with Queen Elizabeth II. "You are so tall," said the Queen. (Indeed, the queen reported that 5? 4, Michelle Obama is 5? 11.) "Well, the shoes give me a couple of inches," she replied.
The queen looked at Michelle's black Jimmy Choos and pulled her head out. "These shoes are unpleasant, are not you?" she asked. Michelle admitted that her legs hurt. The Queen admitted that her legs, dressed in black pumps, were also damaged.
"Only two days of tired women were repressed with our shoes," writes Michelle. Then the hand inherited the hand across the queen – regardless of the violation of the protocol that would trigger the fire.
3. Give the secret service a slip.
Michelle Obama had to turn her mother's hand to persuade her to move from the south side of Chicago to the third floor of the White House. She and her daughters needed her there, she told her. Marian Robinson was reluctant to agree, but she also waived the protection of the secret service. She will come and go, as she would like, out the door to local CVS and Filene's underground that happened in the National Press building, but not that what they reported was ever noticed.
When the aliens commented that she looked the same way as Mother Michelle Obama, she would be crushed and said: "Yes, I get it a lot."
4. Grozote Sandy Hook.
During the eight years in the White House, the only time President Obama has called his wife was to reach the Oval Office in the middle of the working day right after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Primary School in 2012. "It was usually work and the home was was home, but for us, as for many people, the tragedy in Newtown smashed every window and burst every fence, "she writes. "When I entered the Oval Office, Barack walked in the morning, there was nothing to say without words."
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5. Night Law South Lawn.
Michelle Obama tells the nightmare she had in the White House. Someone – a man named Lloyd, from an agency that was not identified – set up an animal zoo on the Southern Meadow that the Obama family enjoyed. Amazing that he was a lion, a tiger, a panther, and a cheetah. They were assured that they were safe between them, he assured them.
But when they did it, the cheetah rotated. "For this scenario we have a contingency plan!" Lloyd is convinced. Secret service agents shot guns made with a dashboard to calm down – hit Sasha's daughter in her right hand. "This is your plan?" Michelle Obama screamed. "Are you kidding me?"
Luckily, she woke up.
6. Source for biographers?
Michelle Obama says she has not run a magazine, but has been sitting twice a year with her friend Verne Williams, now at the Law School of the University of Cincinnati. Their recorded conversation in the White House generated some 1,100 pages of copies of her years – perhaps a source for a future study.
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