June 12th, 2012
02:58 PM ET
Neva Ikner and her friend Donna Harper arrived at the Barnes and Noble book store in Northwest Washington D.C. at 6:30 Tuesday morning to get a good spot in line for a Michelle Obama book signing.
But this was their second time standing in line for this event. They first came last Friday around the same time to purchase the book and get security clearance in order to have the opportunity to come back and meet the first lady in-person. They had no complaints though. "This is history," Ikner said, "When are we going to get this opportunity again?"
A mere 200 lucky book fans were able to attend the book signing, which was her first, and Mrs. Obama says, likely the only one.
Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson brought her three young daughters to Tuesday's book signing. To have the first lady take "such an interest in health and the health of children - I think that's wonderful," she said.
Mrs. Obama has made healthy eating habits and exercise a large part of her legacy with the 'Let's Move!' initiative which, according to http://www.letsmove.gov, is "dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams."
A small group from the American Academy of Pediatrics also stood in line. As a pediatrician, "one of my biggest issues is healthy eating with children and obesity,” Laura Grubb of Houston, Texas explained. "So having her be a voice across the nation is really important to us."
The book, 'American Grown,' is Michelle Obama's first. It is "not just the story of the White House garden and how it came to be and how we had our ups and downs and trials and tribulations," the first lady told the assembled crowd before sitting down to sign books. “It's also a story of community gardens across the country.”
"Having the White House garden is something that has not been done before," Donna Harper said. "Coming out to share her health perspective on what we can do to be healthier...I think she's tremendous."
'American Grown,' which also includes recipes from White House chefs, was released in late May and is available in wide release.
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