Long gone are the days of Bill Clinton’s famous line “I didn’t inhale.” Former first lady Michelle Obama has written candidly about her childhood marijuana use in her just-released memoir, “Becoming.” She is following in the footsteps of her husband, President Barack Obama, who has always been candid about his toker past as well.
In a recent interview with Robin Roberts on 20/20, while promoting the book, Mrs. Obama was candid about why she included the marijuana use when she could have just as easily left it out.
“That’s what I did,” she told Roberts, “That’s part of the becoming story. Everybody had something that they had to work through, something that they were figuring out.”
“When I was a kid, I inhaled. That was the point,” Barack Obama famously said during his 2008 presidential campaign. It’s a level of frankness that Michelle attempted to emulate in her book as well.
“Becoming” hit bookstore shelves a few days ago and has already set records. According to Barnes & Noble, “Becoming” received more pre-order sales of any book since Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman rattled the literary world in 2015, and Amazon has reported that as of Wednesday morning it was the best selling book on the site.