The night the White House celebrated marriage equality was not only a monumental moment for the LGBTQIA community, but it was also a bonding moment for Malia and Michelle Obama.
In her autobiographical memoir Becoming, the former First Lady revealed she and her oldest daughter snuck out of the White House to celebrate, reports Business Insider.
The June 26, 2015 Supreme Court decision granted a right many suffered and fought to have. Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states, becoming one of the Obama administration's crowning achievements.“Looking out the window, I saw that beyond the gates on Pennsylvania Avenue, a big crowd of people had gathered in the summer dusk to see the lights," she wrote. "The north drive was filled with government staff who’d stayed late to see the White House transformed in celebration of marriage equality. The decision had touched so many people. From where I stood, I could see the exuberance, but I could hear nothing. It was an odd part of our reality.”
Obama's inevitability to hear the celebratory raucous gave her an idea. She set out to evade secret service just to be part of the crowd outside of the gates.“We were going on an adventure — outside, where people were gathered — and we weren’t going to ask anyone’s permission," she recalled.
Malia, then 16 years old, embarked on a special journey with her mom. White House staff helped them find the perfect location to take in the sights and sounds. Then, after about 10 minutes of figuring a way out, they were among the people.
“We were outside, standing on a patch of lawn off to one side, out of sight of the public but with a beautiful, close-up view of the White House, lit up in pride," she wrote.
“Malia and I leaned into each other, happy to have found our way there.”
Three years ago, one of the most violent attacks on Black people was carried out by then 22-year-old shooter Dylann Roof. The Charleston Emmanuel AME Church shooting was a tough time for the Obamas, Michelle wrote. Pink News notes the equal marriage decision helped the family cope during this period of unspeakable grief.
The hit tell-all has been on bookshelves for nearly a week now. It is no surprise Obama has incredible stories to tell as the nation's first Black FLOTUS.
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