“It’s like being shot out of a canon, blindfolded and the spotlight is on you.”
– Michelle Obama
That’s how the former first lady describes living in the White House. And when she’s asked if she misses her former home, she doesn’t miss a beat: “No.” Then she backtracks … she misses the people but makes it clear that she is happy that that chapter of her life is over.
She shared this and many revelations during an interview at the Inbound Conference in Boston last Wednesday and I was lucky enough to score a seat at what was definitely the hottest ticket in town. After getting to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center extremely early to make it through security, I ended up snagging a spot about 20 rows back from the side of the stage. And though I wish I could have been even closer, you didn’t really need to be right next to Mrs. Obama to hear her message of empowerment.
Here are just a few of her most inspiring and poignant moments …
At the end of the event, as she was leaving the stage surrounded by a rousing standing ovation, I found that I had tears in my eyes. Not only because her message was so moving and powerful, but also because of the grace and poise with which she delivered that message. There isn’t a lot of either one of those attributes in Washington these days.
So who’s with me? Michelle Obama 2020?