At a signing in downtown Washington, D.C., for her book on the White House garden, First Lady Michelle Obama had the crowd laughing along with her as she described how her daughters, Malia, 13, and Sasha, 11, started to read the book.
The first lady said it was the pictures that first drew the girls to American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. Then, the next thing she knew, they actually started reading it.
“They couldn’t put it down and they started looking through and then they started actually reading it,” she said. “Eventually, I got, actually, a thumbs-up.”
Hundreds of people stood in line for hours to snake their way through security and into the Barnes and Noble to meet Obama and get their book signed, but most of them were not complaining about a rare opportunity to meet the first lady.
“As a black girl, I’m just like … she’s so beautiful and wonderful and she represents our country so well,” George Washington University graduate student Jamila Lewis, 24, told the Associated Press. “She’s trying to do so much to help America and I appreciate her doing what she does.”