Leaders like former President Barack Obama continue to pick up the slack where President Donald Trump has fallen desperately short. Amidst his campaigning on behalf of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, on Wednesday, the former president shared a link on Twitter to the inaugural episode of a podcast hosted by former First Lady Michelle Obama. Barack is the first guest on Michelle’s podcast. Their conversation runs for just over 45 minutes, and according to the Spotify description, the two of them talked “about the current moment and our responsibilities to our communities, our country, and each other.”
Check it out below:
Michelle and I have spent a lot of time together these past few months. We’ve had a lot of good talks—and this one’s up there with the best. Take a listen to the very first episode of Michelle’s podcast: https://t.co/JEaVgT6GPC. pic.twitter.com/oRn1figrRK
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 29, 2020
The inaugural episode of Michelle’s podcast comes on the heels of the rollout of her very highly successful memoir, Becoming, which seems to have been the best-selling memoir in history. In March of 2019, Reuters reported that the book had sold a staggering 10 million copies since it came out the previous November. Michelle supported the effort with a book tour in which she stopped in major cities around the globe and had discussions with a diverse array of hosts about related topics. A documentary that came out on Netflix called Becoming, which chronicled some of the former First Lady’s experiences surrounding the book, recently earned four Emmy nominations, including for outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program, outstanding documentary or nonfiction special, outstanding cinematography for a nonfiction program, and outstanding music composition for a documentary series or special. (Those nominations were among seven Emmy nominations that the Obamas’ production company earned overall.)
Besides these developments, the Obamas have also been involved in more direct political advocacy. Michelle has been leading the organization When We All Vote, which promotes voter participation around the country, and Barack has been campaigning for Biden in online events.
Check out Twitter’s response to Barack below: