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Michelle Obama said her eldest daughter, Malia, was her “wing-woman” when she tried to sneak out of the White House once.
As the former first lady wrote in a passage of her new memoir “Becoming,” it was June 26, 2015, and she had just returned from attending the funeral service for the Charleston church-shooting victims.
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She was headed to bed when she noticed a “purplish glow” coming in through one of the north-facing windows of the White House.
That same day, the Supreme Court had announced its decision in a pivotal case, effectively legalizing gay marriage across the country.
It was then that Obama remembered the staff planned to illuminate the residence in rainbow lights for the occasion.
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Seeing the hundreds of people who had gathered outside the White House to celebrate the decision, she found herself “suddenly desperate to join the celebration.”
“I stuck my head into the Treaty Room. You want to go out and look at the lights? I asked Barack. There are tons of people out there. He laughed. You know I cant do tons of people.
“Sasha was in her room, engrossed in her iPad. You want to go see the rainbow lights with me? I asked.
Obama explains that normally, they have to check in with the Secret Service agents posted by the elevator anytime they want to leave the residence, but this time they broke the rules and strode on past.
In her new memoir, “Becoming,” the former first lady said she was giving a speech across the street from the White House when news broke that a gunman had shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, before taking his own life.
“Malia and I just busted past the agents on duty, neither one of us making eye contact,” she wrote.
They started descending the stairs that led to the North Portico but hit a roadblock when the door was locked. Obama explained that nine months before, a knife-wielding man had broken into the White House through this very door and, since then, they had started locking the door.
“My husband needed me,” Michelle wrote. “This would be the only time in eight years that hed request my presence in the middle of the workday, the two of us rearranging our schedules to be alone together for a moment of dim comfort.”
The usher also reminded Obama that all of the news cameras were trained on that very entrance, and someone else suggested that they use a loading door on the ground floor that was more out of the way.
Michelle Obamas Becoming hit shelves on Tuesday and lived up to the hype, with the former First Lady crafting an autobiography that is equal parts inspiring and equal parts #realtalk. In a nutshell, Barack is great, Trump is awful, and Michelle is best friend goals. The highly anticipated book takes an intimate look into the life of the brilliant and successful Obama, including one fun story about another famous female leader. Recounting a visit with Queen Elizabeth, Michelle says the head of the Royal Family once did away with rubbish protocol with the wave of a hand. Such a boss.
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“We made our way down a marble staircase and over red carpets, around the busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and past the kitchen until suddenly we were outdoors. The humid summer air hit our faces. I could see fireflies blinking on the lawn.
Obama writes that things quickly got off track when the Queen made a sudden change of plans. After wed touched down in a field on the palace grounds and said our hellos, however, the Queen abruptly threw a wrench into everything by gesturing for me to join her in the back seat of the Range Rover, writes Michelle. I froze, trying to remember if anyone had prepared me for this scenario, whether it was more polite to go along with it or to insist that Barack take his proper seat by her side.
“And there it was, the hum of the public, people whooping and celebrating outside the iron gates. It had taken us 10 minutes to get out of our own home, but wed done it. We were outside, standing on a patch of lawn off to one side, out of sight of the public but with a beautiful, close-up view of the White House, lit up in pride.
The Obamas were scheduled to greet Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip before joining them on a journey to the Palace. We were briefed on the protocol ahead of time: Wed greet the Royals formally before getting into their vehicle to make the short drive, writes Obama. Id sit in the front next to ninety-four-year-old Prince Philip, who would drive, and Barack would sit next to the Queen in the back seat.
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