She’s funny, intelligent, thoughtful, caring, and beautiful inside and out. I always felt Michelle Obama was an inspiring woman, but I didn’t realize just how amazing she is until I read Becoming.
In Becoming, Obama takes us through the three parts of her life that she coins “Becoming Me,” “Becoming Us,” and “Becoming More.”
“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” – Michelle Obama
In “Becoming Me,” Obama writes about her childhood, growing up on the south side of Chicago with her mother, father, and brother. While this time is far from idyllic, Obama talks about the happiness of her home and the love and support of her family. This, on top of an opportunity to attend a prestigious school, provides her with the foundation to graduate from an Ivy League University and eventually work for a law firm in downtown Chicago, where she meets the one and only Barack Obama.
“Becoming Us” details Barack and Michelle’s relationship from their engagement to their wedding, having two daughters, and navigating the political waters leading up to the White House. They are a fantastic pair who balances each other out in a variety of ways. Like her childhood, her marriage is not perfect, but it is based in a profound love.
Finally, Obama takes us behind the scenes of life in Washington D.C. “Becoming More” provides an eye-opening glimpse into what it’s like to be the First Family of the United States of America.
Unfortunately, Obama declares that she has no intention of ever taking a role in American politics. Aside from that disappointing statement, I have to give this book five stars. Obama is an American treasure.