It's been almost three months since the Obamas left the White House, but for fans of the presidential couple, it feels a lot longer. What has Michelle Obama been up to, and will she leave us hanging? While millions of women are becoming activists in the shadow of the new anti-feminism administration, Obama is slowly reentering the public after an extended vacation and as a regular citizen of the United States.
Let's take a look at where she's been spotted, what she's been doing and what she might be planning for the future.
First things first, Michelle and Barack Obama took a much-needed and much-deserved vacation to Necker Island in the Caribbean, which is privately owned by billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. While much of the country was reeling and unsure as Donald Trump began his presidency, the Obamas escaped the limelight to recharge and recover, promising that they would be back all fired up and ready to go.
Even though we were a bit mad at them for leaving and a bit jealous to look at the small number of pictures to leak out from their vacation, we were also happy to see them getting to relax after a long, tough run serving the American people.
Michelle Obama also has a little time to do some small favors for friends. This week, 17-year-old Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi revealed that the former first lady penned her a letter of recommendation that she can use when she applies to college.
“She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say,” Shahidi told W Magazine.
With a very successful show on ABC and perhaps a spinoff show, Shahidi has said she will probably delay her schooling for at least a year. But when she's ready to go, she has a strong voice of support behind her.
After their book proposals went to auction, Michelle and Barack Obama both signed book deals with Penguin Random House in late February. While no one knows the exact terms of the book deal, industry experts believe that since worldwide rights were on the table, it is probably worth at least $60 million and may make them as much as $200 million. The Obamas have said they will donate a portion of the advance to charity.
The book is expected to be a candid memoir about the former first lady's life and time in the White House. This won't be Michelle Obama's first book — she penned American Grown in 2012, a book about the White House garden and kitchens.
Michelle Obama is continuing to make appearances much like the ones she scheduled while working in the East Wing. For example, on International Women's Day, she surprised 12 "fierce and promising" female students at a Washington, D.C., high school. The meetup was filled with hugs and advice for the young women. It was the second public high school visit she has made since her return from her island getaway.
Seven years after launching her Let's Move! campaign geared toward helping America's kids be healthier, Michelle Obama announced she would make a special appearance as a guest judge on the fifth season of the kids' cooking show MasterChef Junior. As someone committed to helping kids eat healthy and stay active, this is obviously a great fit for Obama now that she has a bit more time on her hands.
Since her return from vacation, Michelle Obama has been spotted in Washington, D.C., New York City and other hot spots grabbing lunch with high-powered names, sometimes with husband Barack Obama and sometimes on her own. Some of these dates are ostensibly for pleasure, but others are business meetings in which the Obamas are planning their next big steps.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama looking FABULOUS in New York. pic.twitter.com/hVdeUjFKcv— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) March 10, 2017
For example, earlier this week, the power couple was seen having lunch with U2 frontman and philanthropist Bono — both looking chic in sharp but casual outfits. The restaurant patrons gave them a standing ovation.
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