Today is Michelle Obama’s birthday. I don’t usually go out of my way to acknowledge the birthdays of complete strangers, but for Michelle, I’ll make an exception. Happy birthday, Michelle! I hope you are having a great day. Michelle turned 55 today and has had the kind of big year that would mark some sort of pinnacle for most mere mortals. But for Michelle, having the The Washington Post claim her memoir Becoming is “one of the fastest-selling nonfiction titles ever and promises to become one of the best-selling political memoirs of all time”, that it’s sold over 3 million copies, and been the first book to kick Fifty Shades Of Grey’s butt over on Amazon by sitting in the #1 spot the longest, probably only ranks as her 5th or 6th most notable year.
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As I reflect on the past year, I’m so thankful and overwhelmed by all the new experiences and memories. From launching new endeavors and engaging new voters to sharing my story with all of you—and hearing about so many of yours as well. Thank you all for joining me on this journey and for sharing so much of yourselves. There’s so much to discover in 2019! #IAmBecoming #top9
However, having recently completed Becoming (I listened to it on audiobook like approximately 70 bajilliondy other people), I know that for many of those other notable years, Michelle’s voice was carefully and surgically deployed in the service of her family, her husband, and her country. While still measured and considered, with Becoming, Michelle gets to use her voice to sing her own damn song. And it’s my jam.
Lots of people besides myself have taken time to wish Michelle a happy birthday today. Of course he was obligated to to do it, but Barak’s message was clearly from the heart. He shared a sweet photo from the wayback machine.
And naturally, there were plenty of folks in DC who wanted to show Michelle some love too.
There were, of course, a few of famouses as well. Michelle knows everyone!
Happy birthday to the incredible woman who inspired us to go high when they go low, who inspired a generation of kids to eat their vegetables, and who continues to inspire us each and every day.— DCCC (@dccc) January 17, 2019
We love you, @MichelleObama. pic.twitter.com/e5EARdrUv8
Beyoncé even gave up some prime Instagram real estate to honor Michelle.
But to me, the real beauty is that it’s not just blue checked celebrities and political big wigs wanting to express their admiration. Regular old Americans took time to acknowledge Michelle’s big day with heartfelt messages of appreciation and support. Well before anyone ever opened her book, Michelle herself, was been an open book. Throughout her tenure as FLOTUS, we always knew where Michelle’s heart was. It was right there on her sleeve.
@MichelleObama I hope you had a wonderful birthday. I miss you and your family so much!— Pamela Vaccher (@vaccher1) January 17, 2019
"Birthday wishes pour in for Michelle Obama 🎂" https://t.co/3m86Qpr5In@MichelleObama— LADY JAY ORIGINAL (@jayphill2015) January 17, 2019
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE OBAMA..
YOU KNOW HOW MUCH WE LOVE YOU AND HOW MUCH WE MISS YOU IN THE WHITE HOUSE..
HUG AND KISS PRESIDENT OBAMA, MALIA, SASHA AND BO FOR US..
STAY BLESSED 🎂♥️🎈🍰
michelle obama can get this pussy— J (@jackeepuig) January 17, 2019
Ok, maybe she won’t read that one. But my point remains! Michelle gives a shit and in return, so do we. So happy birthday, Michelle! And thank you for your service.
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