Michelle Obama signs her book for a lucky few
June 12th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

Michelle Obama signs her book for a lucky few

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.

Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family

soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. jean2009

    "American Grown" is a beautiful book, well written from a gardener's point of view.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  2. jerry

    you have got to be kidding... but, I know it is for real.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • John

      It is an accomplishment for the first lady. Good luck to her. I won't post negative comments about her for writing a book. Hopefully the money made from it is given to a good charity.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:53 am |
      • jean2009

        The National Park Foundation – http://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/american-grown

        June 13, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  3. jerry

    hey mz obama...if you want to do something about childhood obesity how about restricting food stamp purchases...no junk food only healthy foods, after all you and barack/barry have added millions to food stamp roles. Oh wait, that might cost votes. Never mind. mz obama is from south side chicago...Im sure from where she received a wealth of garden experience from which she drew information for HER book...hahaha PHONEY!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Debbie

      If George Bush didn't screw the economy, so many people wouldnt be getting Food Stamps!!! They should be very lucky to get them considering there are not jobs here and we are not in a position to create jobs....Sad, but these kids and adults in the United States don't know how to make Flat Screen t.v., cellphones, and video games....We only know how to buy them and use them......

      June 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
      • Ralph100

        George Bush was not my favorite President. However, the difference in Obama and Bush is 16 trillion debt that will never be paid because Obama keeps spending. Thanks to Obama China now owns us.

        June 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
      • jerry

        psss...President Bush has been out of power for over three years now. And Mrs. Bush continues, quietly, to support better education for our children even after the obamas gutted no child left behind..that is, lowered the educational standards to appease the teacher unions...for votes. While mz obama supports...ah.. a different diet for school children. What a contrast!

        June 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
      • John

        People like you who blame Bush just show you are buying into the lies. We know Bush was bad, but that was almost 4 years ago.

        June 13, 2012 at 6:56 am |
      • jean2009

        @John...Four year! ...and it may take another 20 years to recover from that mistake.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:38 am |
      • John

        If we keep the current administration, I agree.

        June 13, 2012 at 11:18 am |
      • jean2009

        @ John If we unfortunately get the other choice...it will be back to square one. We will be kicked back into the pit we just spent 4 years climbing out of.

        June 14, 2012 at 7:37 am |
      • John

        Jean, I doubt that Dem talking point. I think we will get someone closer to Reagan than Bush, but I know you don't like him either. I really do not understand the thinking of "we want Obama because the other guy may be worse"? We know what we have now and it isn't good. Why not give Romney a chance? Obama has his time. We know we can't take him at his word, but he said he should be voted out if he didn't fix things IN 3 YEARS. Well, 3.6 years into it and he has not fixed anything. Even the very lib dems like Chris Matthews sees the writing on the wall. Obama is as much of a failure as Bush. And, to top it off, he has been a divider of the people with all his stupid tactics i.e. campaign and otherwise – e.g. war on women, war on small business, war on the church, war against anti gay marriage people, etc. This, in addition to F+F, "Green Initiatives", the leaks coming out from this administration, new regs etc. in addition to Eric Holder, Axelrod, Biden, Geitner, Sebelius, Chu, Napolitano, Rice – this is just a bad time for politics in America. Other than 3 or 4 people, Obama has surrounded himself with people who could not run a small business, let alone run a governmnet.

        June 14, 2012 at 8:16 am |
      • jean2009

        @John in my book Ronald Reagan is one of the worst presidents of my lifetime, at age 77 that is quite a few presidents.
        Of those 2 really stand out as bad presidents for working middle class Americans....Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush...and now we have Mitt Romney wanting to usher in another round of the same philosophy of welfare for the wealthy, and neglect of what working people need.

        "Bill Clinton knew that in 1991, when he began his presidential campaign. “The Reagan-Bush years,” he declared, “have exalted private gain over public obligation, special interests over the common good, wealth and fame over work and family. The 1980s ushered in a Gilded Age of greed and selfishness, of irresponsibility and excess, and of neglect.”

        June 15, 2012 at 9:43 am |
      • Charlie

        It confuses me how people who get on a website solely to argue about politics can be so uninformed. I'm not saying Bush was the greatest president ever, but what I will say is that he was faced with more challenges during his tenure than any other president in recent history. I would also like to say that it pathetic that the libs try to blame him for Obama's failures. Obama has increased our debt more in 3.5 years than Bush did in 8. He has already reduced our AAA credit score to an AA, and it is expected to soon go to A. Unemployment is roughly 2% higher, and spending on welfare has doubled. And please don't use the excuse that it takes more time to turn the economy around. Reagan inherited a much worse economy from Carter an turned it around in 1 year (using conservative policies). I challenge anyone here to name one thing Obama has done to help fix the economy.

        June 16, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • The Truth Ruth

      Jerry, I would suspect that you are about 56 years old and living in your mothers house, probably in the basement. Why are you complaining?? You and your mother use food stamps. Why now get off you butt and go get a job.

      June 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
      • jean2009

        I visualize Jerky as a juvenile delinquent who has access to a public computer.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Bob


      June 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • jean2009

      You are so out of touch!




      Chicago has over 600 documented gardens in over 50 wards.
      Chicago is located in the mid-west, gardening is what people in the mid-west do.


      June 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • wakeupcall

      I have been saying the same thing for awhile now. All you have to do is check out the grocery carts at your local
      market or dollar store and see the JUNK that is purchased with our hard eraned tax dollars. They are filled with
      frozen dinners, cases and cases of soda, candy, chips, etc. And the people who are using food stamps to
      purchase all this junk food are not disabled or elderly but young and able bodied, by appearance anyway.

      Since the 'food stamp program' has more than doubled in the last 3 years just think how much help it would be
      to limit their purchases to the basics and not allow junk food. We could actually stop ENABLING poor diets
      and possibly help people get healthier in able to work and pay for their own food.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
      • jean2009

        On Monday, when I last grocery shopped, I was stuck in one of those check out lines that take forever. The bottleneck was due to a woman who was obviously comparison shopping two carts of junk food...not one item in either cart had any redeeming food value...she was well dressed...looked like she was employed somewhere.....and she paid cash.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:03 am |
      • Deepa

        Okay, here's the other thing about Cindy. Don't you think of the Brady Bunch? Doesn't she look like Cindy Brady all grown up and posing bieatufully? Think of the other candidates' wives.Ann Romney a classic name. Queens and princesses have had that name.Elizabeth Edwards also regalMichelle Obama even the Beatles wrote about that name (prophetically?) and rhymed it with ma belle ( my beauty ).And what on earth shall we do with BILL? There's William the Conqueror, of course, but that might just be too appropriate and suggestive.

        July 31, 2012 at 4:44 am |
      • Kazuhiro

        A society where one third of its clhedrin do not graduate from high school and the next third is neither prepared for college nor a 21st century job cannot maintain itself as a world power.This is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about education in America. There is a belief that we should measure education by the mean or the bottom oh look at all those who fall out! , as if this is a negative reflection on the educational system (and not society as a whole).I believe there is value in looking at smaller, targeted samples. Look at the top students where do they stack up internationally? Look at wealthy suburbs and rich parts of urban America. Then look at the rural areas and the poor urban areas. Draw an accurate cross section of America.I contend that there is nothing wrong with America's educational system *in certain areas*. Of course, those are the areas where I choose to live. When the social fabric of American society allows a student to focus on education and gives him hope, our educational system is better than anywhere else around. When the social fabric is broken, no school can possibly succeed.People like to think that our education system feeds society, but it's really the case where our social health impacts how well our clhedrin learn.I've often stated that you can't hold teachers to the NCLB standards that we do, if you don't somehow find a way to hold parents to a certain standard.

        August 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • jean2009

      @Ralphie100 Wrong On All Counts!
      The total of our national debt owed China is 8%. We owe 68% of the national debt is to the American people. In particular to America's seniors...this in the form of money taken from the Social Security Trust Fund, and from American's veterans and Government Employees pension plans.

      Plus: We are still paying for what George W. Bush racked up on the National credit card. The true amount of what President Obama has spent is $983 billion of the $5 trillion the GOP wants to talk about the other $4 + trillion is paying off George W. Bush's tab.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  4. Nate W. VA

    Jerry, I'm all for the idea of moderating food stamps for better quality food. On the contrary if you compare the amount of unhealthy "junk food" that can be purchased, to the amount of healthy unprocessed food that can be purchased for the same amount... I definitely understand why those restrictions cannot be implicated. And we have no one to blame for that other than ourselves... the consumers.

    June 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  5. Bob

    Classy lady, doing what is best for the children of this country.

    June 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  6. The Truth Ruth

    Hey Jerry,

    You dont have to grow up on a farm to learn how to grow veggies. There are people living on farms who can't grow anything!

    June 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • jean2009

      ...And there are people who receive farm subsidies who live in mid-town high rises, and have never seen a farm..

      June 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  7. Jay in NC

    According to the First Date's website you have to show your Social Security number before getting your $19.20 book signed. Yet her husband is suing FL for rejecting non US citizens from voting. Democrat = Hypocrite.


    June 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • jean2009

      @Jay...Most every state in the union requires a valid photo ID to tour their Governor's Mansion.
      Why would access to the White House be any different. I know touring the Ohio Governor's Mansion requires a photo ID, but then so does touring the N. Carolina Governor's Mansion.

      ""You even have to have an ID to get in the governor's mansion for the Christmas party. I don't think it's an unreasonable request." Wake County Commissioner, Paul Coble

      Pre-arrangements are required, and a photo ID is required to tour the White House for anyone 15 years or older, and that requirement has been in place since 9/11. So even during the Bush administration a photo ID and arrangements were required.

      So again you lack the full facts, and are not up to being current.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:28 am |
      • Steveo

        You have to show an ID to visit them but not vote for them? Crazy, I tell ya, just plain crazy!

        June 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo If you are visiting the facility and not necessarily the occupants....you would need valid Id regardless. Most people touring the White House never see the president or first lady...nevertheless if they visit they will need to present valid ID's. It really doesn't matter if the First Family is in the building, or not. It is the policy of the National Park System which was put in place after 9/11.

        What about this do you not understand? Regardless of whomever is president this policy will still be in place....just as it will be for other state houses, public buildings, airports, and many national parks and museums. At the Statue of Liberty you will be required to go through a security screening similar to those for airport screening...so get a clue.



        June 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
      • Steveo

        Sorry jean,

        I have much more than a clue. If you don't see the need to ID a voter before he or she casts a vote that will change the course of the nation, it is use who needs a clue, maybe two!

        June 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  8. wakeupcall

    Not just your Social Security card but also your drivers license 🙂 So obvious, isn't it?

    June 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • jean2009

      Where do you people come from...see my post above....so Wake Up and call ahead if you plan to visit.

      June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  9. judy

    Nice to see the first lady being pro active. She is a class act. Obama 2012

    June 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  10. judy

    must be tough living with someone like jerry. So negitiave all the time and stupid to boot.

    June 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • jerry

      it is not I being negative...I merely report the horribly negative actions of your master and his devoted spouse...so put your big girl panties on and dry your eyes.

      June 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        @jerky Read my post and get a clue...
        @judy You are so right, but there really seems to be no cure for stupid.

        June 13, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  11. jean2009

    PHOTO ID requirements due to Homeland Security law.

    "This could become be a politically volatile situation for the Bush administration, which has championed Real ID as a way to identify terrorists and criminals–but now faces a groundswell of opposition by state governments, as well as the prospect of inconveniencing millions of otherwise law-abiding Americans at airports and at the entrances of buildings maintained by their own tax dollars. Homeland Security says, laconically, that it "cannot predict how individuals" from those states will be affected."

    June 13, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • NOvember 2012

      you need to know President George Bush has been retired for over three years now..he and the beautiful and dignified Mrs. Bush are doing charity work..quietly, and still promoting a better educational system for America. While obama is busy soap boxing and promoting their books and the destruction of America as the world knows her.

      June 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
      • jean2009

        And you need to know...his policies like rotting fish and garlic still linger on.

        June 14, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  12. anoel2005

    Hey Mrs. Obama,

    you should have planted a garden years ago.

    Maybe eating vegetables for a number of years would have made you feel PROUD of your country.

    June 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • jean2009

      If you plan to quote a person use the actual quote in context and don't reword it to fit your warped agenda.

      "“What we’ve learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and let me tell you something, for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I’ve seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it’s made me proud. And I feel privileged to be a part of even witnessing this, traveling around states all over this country and being reminded that there is more that unites us than divides us…”-
      Michelle Obama

      Maybe start by not listening to Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.
      In the above quote, I do not see where she stated she had never been proud of her country before, only that she is "Really proud of her country" because hope is making a come back.

      Well frankly after George the Destroyer Bush....I think many people were feeling the same hope.

      Obama-Biden 2012-2016!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • anoel2005

        Michelle O. : "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country"

        Sorry BUT Most Americans feel the opposite of Michelle Obama. I have always been a proud American. People come here from all over the world because we are the greatest, freedom loving people and country in the world.

        June 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • Victoria

        Jean, this is not the kind of change America had in mind when foolishly voting this anti-American into office.

        June 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        I@anoel2005: I see you just can't wrap your little warped brain around reading the Mrs. Obama's full quote and understand it. Your reading comprehension must suck, since mentally competent people never start a quote mid-paragraph on a small case "for"..

        June 14, 2012 at 7:31 am |
      • Brad

        Ok Erin, these are really my kids. My sis is just brirowong them for a bit. haha! OMG, I love these shots. I want you to take my boys pics sometime when Im in town. Amazing Job! And your right, shes def the best hairdresser EVER! XOXO

        August 1, 2012 at 4:50 am |
  13. Frank Marshall Davis

    For the first time in my life, I'm proud of my garden.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  14. NOvember 2012

    well mz o'butthead might just as well try to cash in now...no one is going to pay her any attention in a few months. History will make Carter shine by comparison to the obama legacy (legacy..hahaha)

    June 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • jean2009


      And Carter ranks better than George W. Bush.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • jean2009

      Oh BTW the cashing in money goes to the National Park Service...thank the first lady the next time you visit a National Park and find things in good order.

      June 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  15. RS, CA

    Who cares!

    June 17, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  16. Joan

    Woh: People this bookis a good thing. Why are we getting off the topic to dicuss the Bushes, the Reagans. We sound very illiterate. I give the first lady much credit for her effort. It is a wonderful project and it encourages me and many, many people to plant a garden. President Obama may not have been able to Walk on Water for all of us. But he really, really tried.
    I am still proud of the American people for giving this man the chance. I know most people voted for him out of desperation, but he has not let us down. There was no way he alone could do any better. He need the GOP and they want him to fail so
    they did not lift a finger to pass any of his plans to provide jobs. If all of us who are not rich think about it the GOP congress leave us all for DEAD. People wake up and see what these people has done. You all went out 2 years ago and voted for them because they said they would do better than the Democrats. You all have seen that they have not done a thing, because they did not want it to benefit the job growth because they don't want Obama to win again. Wake up people you all
    have buy into the lies of the GOPs. All of them keep saying the same things over and over so that it will resinate in your minds. Just stop and think for a moment, How in 3 years could Obama spend 15 Trillian dollars? think people think.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
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