VIDEO: Michelle Obama on International Day of the Girl, Sasha’s college plans and that Bush cough drop moment

(Girls Global Alliance)


Our forever First Lady Michelle Obama hit the Today Show this morning to discuss International Day of the Girl, life with Barack, preparing Sasha for college and how she plans to change the world one girl at a time.

On how her daughters Sasha and Malia are doing after living in the White House, she said: “They are down to earth. They are humble. They are normal.”

On if she feels like her infamous motto from the Democratic Convention “When they go low we go high” still stands into today’s political climate: “Fear is not a proper motivator. Hope wins out.”

On #MeToo: “I’m surprised at how much has changed but how much has not changed. And I think that’s where the fire is coming from. Enough is enough.”

On that viral George Bush cough drop moment: “I didn’t realize at the time that anybody noticed what we were doing… He is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather… I love him to death.”

Michelle Obama also announced her groundbreaking new initiative called the Global Girls Alliance. The tag line says it all: The Future of Our World is Only as Bright as Our Girls.

“Educating girls doesn’t just transform their life prospects—it transforms the prospects of their families, communities, and nations,” she said.

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The Global Girls Alliance is designed to support grassroots leaders around the world who best understand the unique challenges girls face in their local communities and the strategies needed to overcome them. The program connects those leaders so they can learn from each other and mobilizes people in the US and around the world to take direct action to support them, including through a new social fundraising destination on GoFundMe.

Through Mrs. Obama’s passion for this issue, the aim is to drive global attention, awareness, and action—and generate commitments to help empower adolescent girls around the world, so that they can, in turn, support their families, communities, and countries.

Becoming Michelle

Pre-sale tickets for Michelle Obama’s Becoming book tour have people clutching their pearls and their purse strings at the rockstar level prices, the Washington Post reports.

The former first lady is gearing up to hit the road for a 12-city tour, but her ticket prices shocked fans because of what many call Beyonce-level costs. Still, Obama is selling out, so much so that what started as a 10-city tour talk evolved into two more cities being added, being the total to 12. The tour will end in Jay-Z’s hometown of Brooklyn. Maybe a Bey and Jay appearance is on the way after all!

In any event, while $29.50 seems fitting, that price is for a nosebleed seat. To get a closer glimpse of Obama, you’ll have to shell out up to $3,000 for front-row seats which reportedly includes a “pre-show photo opportunity,” meet-and-greet reception with Obama, a signed book and other perks, including an “exclusive VIP gift item.”

If you want to find another good reason for going, Obama and Live Nation are planning to donate 10 percent of ticket sales to unspecified “local charities, schools, and community groups.”

Obama is excited about what’s to come for her Becoming tour.

“Truly humbled by the response to my upcoming book tour,” she wrote on Twitter. “I can’t wait to share BECOMING with all of you & hope to see you somewhere along the way!”