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Michelle Obama Becoming Surprise

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Michelle Obama Amazing “Becoming” Book Tour Surprise

My husband Rodney gave me the surprise Christmas present of a lifetime – a ticket to see Former First Lady Michelle Obama during her “Becoming” book tour.  Before I go into detail about the surprise, let me say that this is not a political post. This post is about the type of person Former First Lady Michelle Obama is and why I look up to her as a role model. 

I have adored Michelle Obama ever since she stepped onto the world stage during Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2007 and gave her first speech.  In that speech, she talked about her blue-collar background and growing up on the South Side of Chicago. She talked about her father and the love she has for her entire family and how commitment to her family shaped the woman she is today.

And then there are her impressive education credentials.  High school salutatorian, followed her brother to Princeton and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and then earned her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
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Dedication to Helping Others

While yes, all of that is awe-inspiring and admirable, it is her passion to help others that inspires me the most.  I have always felt compelled to help others and I admire people that dedicate their lives to this mission.  If you follow my website, you know that I come from an abusive childhood.  What I endured in my youth drives me to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

In my opinion, we were all put on this earth together and we all should strive to live the best life we can live and that includes helping each other, accepting each other's differences, and not putting our beliefs above someone else's.  As Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (Declaration of Independence).

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Her dedication to community service prior to becoming First Lady:

  • While at Princeton University, she created a reading program for the children of the school’s manual laborers. 
  • She left corporate law to pursue a career in public service.
  • While she was the executive director for the Chicago branch of Public Allies, she created a leadership-training program for young adults.
  • She developed the first community service program for the University of Chicago
  • She served as the executive director of community relations and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals and was promoted to vice president within three years. 
  • Served on numerous charitable boards.

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Dedication to Community Service as First Lady

  • Targeted the epidemic of childhood obesity and encouraged healthy eating habits.
  • Launched the Let's Move initiative to promote physical activity. 
  • Co-founded the Joining Forces program with Dr. Jill Biden to expand educational and employment options for veterans and to raise awareness about the difficulties impacting military families.
  • Created the Reach Higher initiative to inspire and encourage young people to explore higher education and career-development opportunities.


Choosing Civility Over Party

I have always respected the position of First Lady regardless of the political party in office.  Whether you agree with Michelle Obama's politics or not, there is no denying that she is an inspiration for women and young girls around the world.  She is also a shero to so many men and young boys as well.  I am looking forward to meeting her and hopefully getting one of her infamous hugs.  Hopefully, I will be able to maintain my composure so I can at least get a decent picture with her!

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Michelle Obama - Becoming" Book Tour surprise

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The Set-Up

My husband Rodney and his friend Dwayne surprised Dwayne's wife Charis and I with tickets to see Michelle Obama on her book tour.  Rodney and Dwayne totally set Charis and I up for a surprise reveal and what a surprise it was. 

Our husbands individually made plans for us to go out to dinner at Pappadeax (we all LOVE this Cajun seafood restaurant).  They planned for us to “accidentally” run into each other at the restaurant. Not knowing this was a setup, Charis and I were thrilled to see each other as it had been a few months since the last time.  So we sit down and talk and laugh and eventually order our food. 

They made up an excuse to go outside and left us behind at the table. Their plan was to record an Instagram video of the big reveal and tag us thinking that we would get a notification and we would check our phones.  Well, both of us were focusing on catching up and didn't have our phones on the table so we didn't see the notification.The MET

The Surprise

Our husbands returned to the table and kept giving us hints to check our phones.  We both thought this was weird, but we played along and retrieved our phones from our purses and checked our notifications.  There was a notification on Instagram and a video of Rodney and Dwyane.  We clicked to view the video and at first, we didn't quite grasp what they were saying, and then it sunk in.  They announced in the video that for Christmas, they got us two VIP Meet and Greet tickets for Michelle Obama's book tour stop in Dallas along with flight and hotel.  We will get to meet her, take a picture with her, and sit in the 7th row during her presentation!  I really wished they would have recorded our reaction because it was priceless. I teared up and we both were literally stunned.  Their gift to us is Simply Amazing! 

“Becoming” Charitable Focus

Penguin Random House strongly supports social responsibility and the mission of The Obama Foundation. Penguin Random House donated one million children's books published by Penguin Random House to First Book, a longstanding Penguin Random House nonprofit partner and the Washington, DC-based partner for the 2016 White House digital education initiative, Open eBooks. First Book is dedicated to promoting equal access to education by providing new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need in the U.S. and Canada.

Former President Barack Obama's memoir is now out and you can get a copy here.  The Obamas will donate a “significant portion” of their author proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation.

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama Becoming Surprise

Rodney Murray, Autumn Murray, Charis Hanberry, and Dwayne Hanberry

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