03.29.2018

My FLOTUS Experience: Michelle Obama's visit to the Bay Area

My FLOTUS Experience: Michelle Obama's visit to the Bay Area
contributed by Chief Editor, Pleshette Robertson
 
WE NEED OUR GIRLFRIENDS! stated former FLOTUS Michelle Obama
 
I'm still basking in the FLOTUS experience from Michelle Obama's visit to the Bay Area on Wed-3/28.  Oracle Arena in Oakland was packed with people (over 15,000) from near and far for an intimate conversation event with former First Lady Michelle Obama.
 
I along with thousands stood immediately in applause as Michelle Obama took the stage to speak at about 8:15 pm.  She spoke for about an 1 hour and 15 minutes. The session was moderated by Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of Task Rabbit. 
 
My colleagues of who are my close girlfriends were in total amazement throughout the conversation. I don't know how a person can be incredibly HUMBLE, but yet so GREAT with POISE ... as Michelle Obama does this all so EFFORTLESSLY ...super amazing smart mother, wife, attorney, author, philanthropist, and FLOTUS with such graceful beauty.  
 
Michelle talked about the highs and lows of living in the White House that included: inviting children for special activities of whom may never see the inside of the White House to come celebrate with her and her family and the lows of the Sandy Hook shootings and gold star families losing loved ones.
 
All of us were so inspired by Michelle Obama as she shared with us that she will definitely not be going into politics but rather going into service with her and her husband at The Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.  
 
Michelle's demeanor with us was so incredibly authentic as she was honest while being extremely witty about her childhood stating, "we were poor". 
 
Michelle shared her love for kids and her passion for education with supporting children, young women and getting us to stand together - working with one another rather than in silos.  Some of her most notable words that stuck with me was how she was going to strive to be less redundant and told us in closing remarks: "BE ENCOURAGED!"

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My girlfriends: Twlia, Valarie, Vicki, Zoritha, Neketia, Stacy, Linda and my mom Ms. Cherry will cherish this 1-day very fun #GirlsTrip getaway where it began with dinner at Kincaids Restaurant at Jack London Square in Oakland - such great and exquisite dining with fried brussell sprouts, sweet potato fries and oysters, clam chowder soup, shrimp and grits, key lime pie with sorbet and lemon drop martinis. It was so nice and a surprise to see so many other groups of women who had the same idea as us and were also dining at Kincaids prior to attending the "An Evening with Michelle Obama" at Oracle Arena.

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