July 13, 2015
By Tongwa Aka
I had been boiling with excitement for an entire week. From the moment Cari Stein (My internship coordinator) told me we were attending the MORE Impact Awards where the First Lady Of The United States would be speaking, I couldn’t sleep a night without dreaming about the opportunity of a selfie with Barack Obama’s wife.
I got up extra early that morning. When I got on the bus on my way to the office, I felt the urge to stand up and yell “I’ll be seeing Mrs. Obama up close and personal today!” I didn’t. However, I did tell the bus driver when he asked me where I was headed with the heavy camera gear I was carrying. I felt a pang of pride hit me when he said; “Tell Michelle Obama that Bob the bus driver says hello!” I couldn’t stop smiling.
I arrived at the Newseum in downtown Washington DC about an hour and half early. That’s where More Magazine was hosting the luncheon to celebrate women who have made significant impact on women's affairs nationally and globally. The list of honorable guests included the FLOTUS, Robin Wright from House of Cards, and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, among others.
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