Michelle Obama’s on tour

December 6, 2022 • 4:39 pm

I got my teeth cleaned this afternoon, which shot half the day. The good news is that my scrupulous gum and dental hygiene have given me perfect checkups for several years. (I floss daily, brush my teeth after every meal, and use a Sonicare toothbrush and a Water-Pik.)

But I digress. Walking to the dentist’s downtown, I passed this:

Yep, Michelle Obama is on her “The Light We Carry” tour, supporting her book that just came out: The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain TimesI think she’s going to talk about it and perhaps answer some questions:

The skinny:

In this new book, Mrs. Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” She details her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors. With trademark humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.

I’m sure she’ll be eloquent and funny, but I’ll take a pass. “Going high”?

One thing I know for sure: she and her husband have a huge pile of dosh.  Did any President in modern times not become rich when they left office? Maybe Jimmy Carter?

11 thoughts on “Michelle Obama’s on tour

  1. Harry Truman went back to being a regular guy. Several years after he left office Congress enacted a pension for ex-presidents, specifically to help out Truman.

    1. Truman and his wife also went on a road trip that he drove himself when he left office. The trip is recounted in “Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure”, a short book worth reading if you want to revisit a different time in America.

  2. I don’t know why we are at all interested in the family members of presidents or politicians. Unless they’re in on corruption (the Trump family) in which case there’s an ethics angle…we should ignore them.
    Like.. who the fuck is interested in Hunter Biden’s sad life?
    D.A.
    NYC

  3. Sure beats the hell out of seeing Melania tRump on a book tour!

    I’ve paid to see Richard Dawkins, Salman Rushdie, Michio Kaku, Neil de Grasse Tyson, and Gene Kranz on speaking/book tours, so maybe it’s not too terribly different. I suppose it’s all about who you admire. And although I wouldn’t bother to go, I’m less bothered by people paying to see Michelle Obama than people actually giving a crap about, say, any of the Kardashians or some alleged celebrity or influencer, or dare I say, the British royalty! 🙄

  4. Well, thinking about presidents that didn’t make any money when they left office – what about the orange faced moron? I think the reasons he has fought so hard to hide his tax returns are that he never made anywhere near the money he claimed and, of course, to hide his crimes.

  5. Ah, Democrits. Claim to be fighting for the working and middle classes while they screw them over, bail out corporations, and get rich in the process. At least the Repugnicans don’t pretend to be a party of the people for the people.

  6. I see the typo was corrected here on the site, but earlier I was amused when the email edition said “I got my teach cleaned this afternoon,”. Good to see that you still have some teach, even as an emeritus. But when was your teach ever unclean? 🙂

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