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Michelle Obama Gets Rock Star Welcome At Book-Signing

November 13, 2018 - 5:11 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A giddy crowd of hundreds waited in the cold Monday outside Hyde Park's Seminary Co-op for a chance to meet former First Lady Michelle Obama and get a signed copy of her new book “Becoming.”

"I feel so fortunate, I feel like I'm part of history," said Rhonda Jones, who is in town on business from Texas. "This is a First Lady that is to be revered. She's such an awesome role model as a person."

Jones was one of the first in line to meet Obama and get her book signed.

Jenan Mohajar was one 500 people who got wristbands for the event.

"She's so articulate and amazing,” Mohajar said. “Her story resonates with so many women across the country, regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, whatever, so it's really wonderful to see and hear her experience in her own words.”

Said Shazia Pappa: "She's such an inspiration. It's so good to have her back home even if it's a short time."

Jim Bloom brought his 4-year-old granddaughter, Lilia, who got a book of her own.

"It's important because I thought she should meet somebody like Michelle Obama, who is a powerful, intellectual first lady,” Bloom said.

"I think it's great she's supporting the book store. A lot of people could've bought this on Amazon, but by doing this, it supports a local bookstore and we should be supporting local book stores.”

"This is so exciting," said Joyce Feuer, who brought her granddaughter, Joriella.

"She's a first-grader, 6 years old and hopefully will become a Michelle Obama-type person someday,” she said.

"It's fantastic that she is doing this in the neighborhood, coming back to where she came from and showing the kids what it's all about and how they can grow."

Feuer owned the former Hallmark Store in Hyde Park and remembers the Obamas as neighbors.

"I knew the Obamas when they were the Obamas in the neighborhood. Michelle and her mom, and Barack were all good customers, so it was very cool,” Feuer said.

McDade Elementary School fourth-grader Jana Davis stood in line with her mother and classmate.

"I think it was awesome to see her in person," said Davis, 10. "I think she's an awesome role model for us girls to become who she is."

"I liked the experience because I studied her in third grade and I had to do a speech about her," said Sarai Powers, 9.

Obama's book begins with her South Side upbringing, her time at Whitney Young and travels all the way through her time in the White House.

"I think she's got a lot of power even into the future. We'll see and hear more and more of her in the future," said Jennifer Moe of Evanston.

Michelle Obama sat with Oprah Winfrey in front of a sold out crowd at the United Center. The next stop on her book tour is Los Angeles on Nov. 15.