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ABTV My Celebrity Encounter With Michelle Obama
Most of us have had at least one celebrity encounter in the span of our lifetimes. The AfterBuzz TV My Celebrity Experience Series shares personal reminiscences of encounters with favorite celebrities and influencers. From the time we sat on a plane next to Tiffany Haddish to the time we stood in line at Starbucks behind John Krasinsky, these are the honest and true celebrity encounters our AfterBuzz TV writers have experienced and now share with you.
I’m sure I don’t have to explain why meeting Michelle Obama is a life changing experience, but I’ll give you a few examples. She has two Ivy league degrees, national initiatives, a New York Times best-selling book, beautifully written speeches, and the list goes on. I wouldn’t know what to say to her now but somehow 11-year-old me knew exactly what to say.
As I’ve gotten older, I have found new reasons to love her, but my admiration started during Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. I was in awe of her speeches, motherhood, and poise. After the 2008 inauguration, which I froze my butt off at, Michelle Obama hosted a black history event at the White House. Our school was one of the neighboring schools selected to attend and was allowed to bring around 20 students.
The visit started with a tour of the main level and then all of the students were ushered into the East Room. I sat in the front row of the middle section as Sweet Honey and the Rock opened with a heartwarming performance. Michelle Obama came out and thanked the performers before addressing the audience. She started with asking if we knew her husband’s official title. Everyone answered in unison “The president” as my young voice shouted, “The first African American president of the United States.” I was so embarrassed that I said something different until Mrs. Obama smiled at me and asked me to stand up and say it again. I looked her straight in the eyes, said it again with even more conviction, and sat down feeling like the luckiest girl in the world.
That was all I needed and I would have been content with the night ending there. Michelle finished her speech highlighting the importance of black history, the beauty of the city she now called home, and a reminder to stay focused in school. She waited at the door as everyone filed out one by one. Since I was in the front, I waited patiently and fangirled with my fellow classmates. When I finally got to the door, I told her I was thankful for the experience and the chance to hear her speak in person. She responded with kind words and gave me a warm hug that felt as if she had known me my entire life. As the press rushed to snap our picture, I couldn’t help but feel like my life had been made at the tender age of eleven.
The next day, I walked into my first class thinking my fairytale was over. My teacher kept looking at me and then back at the magazine she was reading while we did our warm-up, but I figured it was because I was late. After ten minutes of silence, she asked “do you know you’re in Jet Magazine?” It took me a minute to realize she was talking to me because why would I be in a magazine? She turned the page around and there I was, hugging Michelle Obama!
My teacher told the school and immediately called my parents. By the time they picked me up, my family had already bought two copies each and told everyone they knew. Once I made it to rehearsal, the receptionist showed me the online articles I was featured in as well. Of course, no one cared what my name was, so I was credited as “girl in the audience,” but that didn’t stop me from printing out every last one of them when I got home.
Now I have added her book Becoming to the “Obama” corner of my nightstand. It sits cozy with my article clippings, Jet Magazine, and my Easter Egg roll wristband. Oh yea, did I mention I performed there too? Maybe I’ll tell you about it in my next one.
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Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.
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