Former first lady Michelle Obama’s book tour for her memoir “Becoming” is underway and the turnout has been massive. In Washington, the former first lady appeared at the Capital One Arena — home of the Washington Wizards and Capitals. It’s the swamp’s largest event center, and by all accounts, it was packed.
More than a month before she appeared on Saturday night, the cheapest available tickets were going for $850, according to a report in The Hill. And guests at the event last week were treated to an extra special surprise: an on-stage appearance of a bouquet-toting former President Barack Obama.
Here’s a video of the 44th president’s cameo, introduced by his former aide Valerie Jarrett:
Barack Obama still out here stealing hearts, surprises Michelle Obama with flowers at her book tour show pic.twitter.com/GutNTjAYW4
— Mohamed Salih (@MohamedMOSalih) November 18, 2018
It took a few minutes for the crowd to quiet down enough for Barack to be able to speak. He told the crowd, “This is like, you know when Jay-Z comes out during the Beyoncé concert? … It’s the same thing. It’s just a little sample to enhance the concert.”
Outside the concert hall, there was plenty of Michelle Obama merchandise and Washington has been gripped with a bit of former first lady fever. Some of that gear was still left over on Monday, including shirts that read “Don’t Worry, It’s a Michelle Thing” and her iconic phrase, “When They Go Low, We Go High.”
Michelle Obama book tour merch just popped up near Farragut square pic.twitter.com/NAmSZomFOB
— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomasDC) November 19, 2018
The Washington event was the third stop on Michelle’s book tour (after kicking off in Chicago) and she will appear in the capital again on November 25. Upcoming stops include Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, and even London.
Barack and Michelle still live in Washington, though it’s something of a rare occurrence for former presidential families to stay in the district. But they lead a rather quiet life in the city’s posh Kalorama neighborhood where other residents include Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and Jeff Bezos.
Unsurprisingly, “Becoming” is flying off the shelves. Her publisher announced that on the first day of its release, the title sold over 725,000 copies.