On Tuesday, I was honored to be able to meet the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
So last Thursday, my aunt and I met up at Politics & Prose to purchase American Grown and have our background checks started by the Secret Service.
Then yesterday, we met up again, early in the morning, for the next security screening, which was very much airport-style.
Around 11:15AM, Michelle Obama came into the bookstore, and spoke for about 10 minutes. This was such a pleasant surprise because she wasn’t supposed to speak at all!
The lovely FLOTUS talked about how excited she was for American Grown and to be able to share the books with everyone. How the recipes included are some of her White House favorites. How this book would be a fabulous gift for Mother’s Day, and how her own mother probably has at least 10 copies.
Michelle Obama also discussed how the book was motivated by deeper issues, with a focus on eliminating childhood obesity, and with all of the book proceeds being given to the National Park Foundation.
It was very clear that Mrs. Obama really cares about public garden space, childhood obesity, and our country in general.
After speaking, it was time to get the books signed. Luckily, my aunt and I were about 30-something in line, so we didn’t have to wait very long.
As we were waiting, it looked like Michelle was shaking people’s hands. One of her “people” (I don’t know his title, he wasn’t Secret Service, but he was one of the people who set up and made sure things were perfect before the First Lady arrived) was saying to us that she wasn’t allowed to do that, but I was able to convince him not to say anything until after I met her.
My turn came, and Mrs. Obama asked my name, where I was from, and shook my hand. She really was able to give each person a little bit of individual attention, and even thanked me for coming. I told her that I was so honored to meet her and glad that she took the time out to sign her books.
All in all, it was a very successful morning! I haven’t read the book yet, but I’ll let you know my thoughts once I pick it up!!!
Aaaaand guess what!!! I have a second signed copy of the book, thanks to my aunt being so generous! Stay tuned . . . a giveaway will be coming soon. . .
Who is one of the coolest people/authors you have met?
Thanks for reading,