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by Miles Marshall Lewis

The road to self-discovery has led Michelle Obama from the tough Chicago streets to the

storied halls of Princeton and on to the White House, where she emerged as one of the most elegant and accomplished first ladies ever. In her new memoir, she explains why she won’t run for president but will stay committed to public service, her family and—luckily for us—being a role model we can bank on.

Sunbeams streamed warmly through the elegant glass-ceiling courtyard of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., in February, illuminating the thousands who gathered for the return of Michelle and Barack Obama to the public stage. Artists Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley unveiled their portraits of the former FLOTUS and POTUS, the ceremony feeling far more like an easygoing homecoming than a stodgy museum reveal.

Standing tall alongside the canvas of her greyscale portrait, flashing her wide smile and wearing a long-sleeved floral navy gown, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama commanded as much love and attention as she ever did in her eight years in the White House. All hailed the forever mom-in-chief as she beamed.

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