Apparently even Michelle Obama gets imposter syndrome. “I still remember waking up in a bit of a panic the night before my first tour event in the United Center in Chicago, this huge basketball arena,” she recounted. “Were people really going to come?
Obama added that her favorite part of her year was connecting with people on her tour, particularly young women. “I asked how many of these girls didn’t feel like they belonged in a room with me.
Almost every girl raised her hand,” she recalled. “That’s been the most powerful part of the last year — talking with all sorts of young people about how the things that we think are our inadequacies are usually our strengths.
Michelle Obama covers the latest issue of People magazine, as one of the magazine’s “People of the Year. ” And the former First Lady did have a very, very good year.
Here I’d been first lady of the United States for eight years, giving speeches in front of huge crowds, but this felt so different.
I recognize now that the memoir and the tour were really different than what I’d done before — I wasn’t promoting a policy or rallying votes; I was out there, alone, talking about my feelings and vulnerabilities.