‘I Can’t Wait’: Michelle Obama Invites Hundreds of Military Families to Book Tour

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Former first lady Michelle Obama reached out to the military family organization Blue Star Families to see if any of their members would want tickets to her upcoming book tour in Brooklyn, New York. Sure enough, hundreds of military members from around the country responded and Wednesday night, they got an opportunity to see the former first lady live and in-person.

The senior manager of outreach at Blue Star Families, Meghan Wieten-Scott, told IJR that Obama reached out to them.

“We worked quite a bit with the Obama administration when they were in the White House in the Joining Forces campaign,” Wieten-Scott said.

Joining Forces was an initiative in the Obama administration run by both the former first lady and Dr. Jill Biden to support military members, veterans, and their families.

“The Biden’s, in particular, are personally tied to the military with their son Beau,” Wieten-Scott explained. “So they really were infested in supporting military families through their journey as well as helping with military spouse employment and promoting that.”

Wieten-Scott estimates that there were requests for over 500 tickets from members of her organization. “We’ve had people as far away as Hawaii apply for the tickets.”

Blue Star Families decided to personally surprise some of the applicants with the news they were getting tickets to see the “Becoming” tour. The organization shared videos of the surprises on Twitter, which Obama then shared on her personal account.

“When our troops and veterans serve, their families do, too,” she wrote. “I am constantly in awe of the strength and courage of these families — and I can’t wait to see so many of them in NYC for my final show of the year!”

The concept of “Becoming” resigned with many military families, especially military wives who shared their stories on social media. “Michelle, you have been an absolute inspiration to me over the past maybe eight years,” said Joy Russell in a video thanking Blue Star and Obama.

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Two more military spouses living in Westpoint, New York shared their story. “I am inspired by you because  you recognize the importance of taking care of yourself as well as giving back.”

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About 250 military family members attended the show Wednesday night, some of them sporting their Blue Star attire and meeting famous guests, like Alicia Keys, at the show.

Wednesday night’s show marks another event in a long partnership with the organization. Wieten-Scott told IJR that throughout the administration, families were invited to White House events, White House tours, and other special gatherings such as a Disney read-along in Italy with Michelle Obama and her two daughters.