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Michelle Obama Podcast: First Episode With Barack Obama - Love, Life, Laughter!

Padi Fun

July. 30, 2020

The last time the entire world could not stop talking about Michelle Obama, is back when we laid our hands on her highly anticipated memoir “Becoming”.
I will tell you for sure, if you still haven't had the chance to read that book, make a point of doing so, because you are really missing out!
“Becoming” takes her historic status as the first black woman to serve as first lady and melds it deftly into the American narrative.
She writes of the common aspects of her story and as the only White House resident to count an enslaved great-great-grandfather as an ancestor of its singular sweep.
Now, that's however not the reason we here today.
Let's take a minute and talk about her podcast! Yes, in case you still are not aware, she has one up!
Michelle Obama's podcast has officially kicked off with the first guest being one of the world's best, former President Barack Obama. Though The Michelle Obama Podcast promises to examine relationships of various kinds, the couple didn't so much focus on their 27-year marriage but instead shed light on the bonds they forged with their communities, which were integral to their upbringings and careers long before stepping foot into the White House.
The honest, intimate conversation—presumably recorded at home while quarantining together—captures the couple's sweet asides, goofy jokes, but it also offers a rare glimpse into "the conversations that we have around the dinner table," the former FLOTUS explained.
For example, she reflected on her communal upbringing, from elders living at home to neighbors supporting each other, and how that was something she saw in her now husband too.
They also talk about their life together since leaving the White House in 2016, and during quarantine — in a discussion focusing on Americans’ relationship with community in a time of social turmoil.
“Given everything that’s going on right now, from the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, AhmaudArbery and the ongoing protests and conversations that are testing our patience — and our consciences… not to mention all the challenges we’re experiencing due to the pandemic, I think that these days, a lot of people are questioning just where and how they can fit into a community,” Michelle says in the episode’s introduction.
Hey, listen... They even get talk about how Michelle fell in love with Barack. That conversation went something like:
Michelle Obama: You know that at the core of everything you have done politically, what I know about you as a person and one of the reasons why I feel in love with you is
Barack Obama: It wasn't just my looks, but that's OK.
Michelle: You're cute, you know. But, no, one of the reasons I fell in love with you is because you are guided by the principle that we are each other's brother's and sister's keepers. And that's how I was raised!
The two also banter about being cooped up during COVID-19. “Like most Americans, we’ve been spending a lot of time together in quarantine,” Michelle says, opening the door for Barack to crack, “You don’t seem too happy about that” before he admits, “I’ve been loving it.”
Subsequent episodes of “The Michelle Obama Podcast” will reportedly feature Washington Post columnist Michele Norris on “self in the time of COVID”; Dr. Sharon Malone, wife of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, discussing women’s health; her older brother, Craig Robinson, talking about sibling relationships, and a subsequent episode with Craig and her mom, Marian Robinson; Conan O’Brien on marriage; and friends Malone, Kelly Dibble and Denielle Pemberton-Heard in a conversation about friendships.
Additionally, Michelle Obama also will speak with Valerie Jarrett, former adviser to President Obama, about mentorship, and host a roundtable on mentees with Obama staff members Chynna Clayton, YeneDamtew and Kristin Jones.
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