As if meeting the First Lady isn’t surreal enough, Michelle Obama has a tendency to amp things up with a warm hug. Stepping down from the pedestal that she has been put on for her title, the First Lady is always keen to offer a gesture of familiarity to make everyone feel comfortable and important. The Michelle Obama hug builds bridges between Presidential royalty and members of the public, no matter whether you are Oprah Winfrey or just a kid in school; it makes people feel seen, noticed and appreciated.
I’m myself – and I want to know who they are; I want them to feel comfortable telling me their story.
“I think it puts folks at ease and shows them that while I might happen to have a fancy title, I’m just Michelle,” she says. “I’m myself – and I want to know who they are; I want them to feel comfortable telling me their story.”