What Indian Politicians Can Learn from Michelle Obama’s Powerful Memoir “Becoming”

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What Indian Politicians Can Learn from Michelle Obama’s Powerful Memoir “Becoming”

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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y first memory of Michelle Obama is the one that she describes early on in her recently released memoir Becoming. When the Obamas moved into the White House in 2009, I was 13, with no understanding of American politics. But I knew something big was happening when I found my mama glued to the TV, where footage of the first African-American President and his family kept replaying. It was then that I first heard the name of a certain Michelle Obama.

To me, she was just a nice, tall lady who was married to the President of the United States. Ten years on, while reading the book, much to my amusement, those were the exact words she used to describe what she thought children thought of her when they met her for the first time.

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