Michelle Obama's new memoir "Becoming" will give readers their most intimate look yet at the life of the former first lady. Ahead of its release, take a look back at what she's already shared with us. USA TODAY


WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama's book show in Washington.

The former first lady is touring the country promoting her memoir, "Becoming," and participated in a conversation Saturday night moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

When the conversation shifted to Michelle's feelings about her husband, Jarrett announced a "special guest" and Barack Obama came on stage carrying a bouquet of pink roses for his wife.

The crowd at Capital One Arena leapt to its feet, leading the former president to compare himself to rapper Jay-Z.

"This is like, you know when Jay-Z comes out during the Beyonce concert?… Like, 'Crazy in Love'?" Obama said. "It's the same thing. It's just a little sample to enhance the concert."

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Jarrett asked him what about Michelle captured his heart when they met at a Chicago law firm, where she was his mentor.

Barack Obama said she was "one of a kind," strong and honest, and someone he knew he could always count on.

He also said he knew that if she was the mother of his children their offspring would be "extraordinary."

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

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