‘BE­COM­ING’ by Michelle Obama

(CROWN, NEW YORK, 2017)

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Af­ter hav­ing read about this marvel­lous book in The Econ­o­mist, I man­aged to get this mem­oir down through a per­son very close to me. It re­counts the life of the for­mer first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Within the pages, she re­counts:

1. The sad death of her fa­ther.

2. Her brother’s mar­riage had a sad ending though he had chil­dren and was re­mar­ried.

3. The au­thoress fall­ing in love with Barack Hus­sein Obama and the cou­ple hav­ing two lovely daugh­ters.

4. Barack’s life as a politi­cian had its ugly side.

5. Af­ter Michelle’s mother Mrs. Robinson en­tered the White House, the cou­ple vis­ited the fol­low­ing places ei­ther to­gether or in­di­vid­u­ally; (A). The United King­dom for a world con­fer­ence where they met the Queen and the Prime Min­is­ter; (B). South Africa where Michelle met the icons of South Africa – Arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu, Nelson Man­dela and his new wife.

6. Wher­ever Michelle went, she made time to visit lo­cal mil­i­tary per­son­nel, schools and chil­dren.

7. We see the Oba­mas meet­ing with past pres­i­dents, in­clud­ing Ge­orge and

Laura Bush and the Trumps.

The Oba­mas ei­ther to­gether or in­di­vid­u­ally have been in­volved in the fol­low­ing:

1. Pres­i­dent Obama kept his prom­ise to him­self and his na­tion in get­ting rid of Osama bin Laden.

2. Michelle was al­ways in­ter­ested in cancer pa­tients and obe­sity in chil­dren and spoke widely about healthy veg­eta­bles.

3. Dur­ing his pres­i­dency, all the fifty states in Amer­ica passed a law to per­mit sin­gle sex mar­riages and the coun­try em­pha­sised the need to take care of HIV/AIDS pa­tients.

The book has been ac­claimed as a New York Times best seller.

When­ever I vis­ited the US, I al­ways made time to

This mem­oir is a mus­tread and in­cludes many lovely pic­tures. I have only touched on some of the is­sues and events Michelle Obama re­counted in the book, and the reader is in­vited to dis­cover the rest

read the sto­ries of past pres­i­dents since I was a stu­dent of his­tory. I have also read the story of Hil­lary Clin­ton and wrote to her af­ter fin­ish­ing her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

To my mind, this mem­oir is a must-read and in­cludes many lovely pic­tures. I have only touched on some of the is­sues and events Michelle Obama re­counted in the book, and the reader is in­vited to dis­cover the rest.

What about 2020? Will Don­ald Trump like Jimmy Carter and Ge­orge H.W. Bush be a one-term pres­i­dent? Hil­lary Clin­ton has al­ready said she would not con­test for pres­i­dency again and there are many can­di­dates vy­ing to run against Pres­i­dent Trump.

Now that the glass ceil­ing has been bro­ken with re­gard to African Amer­i­cans, will the glass ceil­ing be bro­ken with re­gard to women? My hope and prayer is that Amer­i­cans will soon have a woman pres­i­dent, whether white or African Amer­i­can. All good wishes to the Amer­i­can vot­ers.

SYD­NEY KNIGHT

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