BecomingMichelle ObamaPenguin Random House A couple of months ago, I told my teenage daughters I was about to see Michelle Obama at a small dinner. They squealed with the type of passion normally reserved for YouTube stars or Harry Potter actors — and begged for some “selfies”. The former first lady duly agreed — but only on the proviso that the photo was used to tell teenage girls that they must “stay strong” in their political fights. “That’s what matters,” she explained. “Stay strong” summarises the key mantra in her memoir Becoming. At the age of 54, Michelle Obama is confronted with a paradox. On one hand, her name arouses more positive passion among millennials, ethnic minorities — and much of the Democratic voting base — than almost anyone else linked to the administration of her husband Barack Obama. Yet, she never sought to be a political celebrity — and, unlike Hillary Clinton, does not want political leadership roles. “Because people often ask, I’ll say it here directly: ...

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