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Michelle Obama opens up to Oprah about her memoir, life in the White House and her feelings toward Donald Trump

CHICAGO - In writing her memoir, former first lady Michelle Obama said she wanted to share the full picture of her life because she wanted her readers and followers to see how the highs and lows shaped her character and set her on her path.

So she didn't let her husband read the draft; she didn't let friends peak at the chapters until it was done. What emerged was a new image of herself.

"I'm finally claiming, my story is the quintessential American story," she told a sold-out audience of 14,000 people at the United Center on Tuesday night. "Yes, I'm black. Yes, I'm a woman and yes, I grew up working class

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