Coco Gauff is a 15-year-old tennis player who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon before bowing out to Simona Halep, formerly the world number one. I watched her press conference after the match. I marvelled at how well she spoke. Her words flowed and there was a quietness inside that reached out to the audience.
Michelle Obama tweeted congratulations and Coco was clearly touched by her gesture. “I’ve looked up to her for a long time. She’s such a role model.” Yes, for me too. A girl and a woman share grace, sweetness and also tenacity. Companions of the spirit, decades apart. Both so out there in the world, visible to the scrutiny of the assembled masses.
Just now, I looked up Michelle’s book Becoming in the Kindle Store. I read some reviews. What an education. Here are some samples:
I believe I always loved Michelle Obama. Her grace and dignity always seemed to come as a gift from above. Her spirit is so incredibly deep and strong.
Slow and boring and self-boasting
It’s a wonderful, heartfelt, true story of HOPE in a world gone far too cynical.
Full of misleading statements and untruths
She’s open, honest and forthcoming. Fantastic read.
If you are an insomniac, this book will definitely help that. A real snoozer.
I truly believe many young girls will read the book and know
they can live with honor like you.
A shallow-minded patting on the back
I applaud her and the book. It brought tears to my eyes
and deep appreciation for the Obamas.
Poorly written, silly comments in bad taste.
This is not a good book for a lady to read.
Mrs. Obama opens up and gives us a real look into her heart and mind and experiences in a way that is authentic and original.
Worst piece of crap ever
Amazing read. Mrs. Obama is a treasure and her honest, thoughtful words and a dignified grace make me realize just how special a person she is.
What a joke.
Michelle Obama, thanks for being such a great role model while you were in the White House … championing exercise and good food for children and speaking your mind with grace and courage.
The lies, the misleading statements and poppycock drama to get you feel bad or believe something that is not true
The message for me is to keep speaking my truth,
knowing that some people will like it and some won’t.
The source of my well-being does not lie within them.