10 Inspirational Quotes From Michelle Obama’s Documentary ‘Becoming’ On Netflix

Hey guys, so I just finished watching the documentary on Michelle Obama over on Netflix called, Becoming! It was one of the best films I watched this year so far! It was very enlightening, funny, and I felt like I got to learn a little bit more about the former First Lady that I always wanted to know. I didn’t realize she was so comical and “woke” at the same time. It was also cool to learn that she loves hip hop music, that made me love her even more lol.

My boyfriend just recently asked me who would I like to interview dead or alive and I couldn’t think of anyone. Now it’s on my bucket list to one day meet and talk to Michelle Obama. I find her very dynamic, smart, witty and she shared so much of herself while on a tour for her New York Times Bestselling book as well. It was also fabulous to see her wear one of my friends designer outfits in the documentary, Sergio Hudson, I know he is proud to have his purple suit shown all over the world, what a blessing. Inside I jotted down some of the most inspirational quotes from the documentary and wanted to share them with you. If you ever wanted to be inspired as an African American person, the Obamas being in the White House for two terms, should be enough to make you want to dream big and never quit, stay safe everyone! 

  • I was sobbing on Airforce One for 30 minutes. I think it was just the release of eight years of trying to do everything perfectly.
  • Being the First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life. But how many people are in that position where the entire attention of everything is you?
  • What I experience in these big arenas is the power of gathering of sharing a set of experiences.
  • It’s like an emotional sociological dance with people. It’s important to make sure I take every person as they come up.
  • I crave some longer experiences with young people. Through the community events. The tour could do a great job of giving me a little taste of it.
  • I was senior class treasurer. My guidance counselor decided that my wish to go to Princeton was thinking too big. I was reaching too high and at that point, she told me.”I don’t think you’re Princeton material”. The nerve, Well, she was wrong.
  • For me I never felt invisible. And I think, in thinking through my story abut why do I not feel invisible, I think it’s because my parents made me always feel visible.
  • I have high expectations of young people. It’s the same expectations my family had of me.
  • It’s not even just an image that we have. It’s an image that we’re given. People have told us , “No these are the things that aren’t for you”.
  • I have been at, probably, every powerful table there is in the world. I’ve been at G-summits, I’ve been in castles and palaces, in boardrooms and academic universities. And I’m coming down from the mountaintop to tell every young person that is poor and working-class and has been told, regardless of the color of your skin, that you don’t belong, don’t listen to them. They don’t even know how they got into those seats.


  • Bonus: One of the things that I have learned, that helped me, and I think helped our marriage, was that my happiness is not dependent on him making me happy.
  • Bonus: As first lady I was slowly watching myself being exposed to the world. I had to become more strategic in how I presented myself, because it had the potential of defining me for the rest of my life.
  • Bonus: Fashion for a woman, still predominates how people view you, and that’s not fair, that’s not right, but its true. Thats when fashion isn’t just fashion; its how you turn it into your tool, rather than being a victim of it.

Becoming is an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House. The film offers a rare and up-close look at her life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.

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