Michelle Obama is out to prove she can pack stadiums -- unlike a certain power couple. The First Lady announced a stadium-sized speaking tour to promote her new book, "Becoming Michelle Obama".
The ambitious book tour, which kicks off at the United Center in Chicago on November 13, will be bigger than any speaking gig undertaken by her husband, former President Barack Obama.
The United Center is an indoor sports arena with a seating capacity of 23,500. Rapper JAY-Z and his wife, pop singer Beyonce Knowles, have had difficulty filling similar sized arenas during their On The Run 2 tour.
Michelle Obama fancies herself to be a self-made millionaire with legions of adoring fans -- just like her good friend Beyonce. In fact, Michelle Obama probably believes she is bigger than Beyonce -- at least in terms of global influence.
If Beyonce can't pack stadiums, the First Lady can.
In her book, Michelle Obama takes readers on a journey from her humble beginnings as a youngster on Chicago's South Side to her legacy as the nation's only Black First Lady.
She clears up why her law license got suspended in 1993, and she lays out her plans for Democratic dominance in the 2020 presidential election.
It's worth the price of the book to learn the reason for the pain behind her smiling eyes.
Even Michelle Obama's ticket registration is Beyonce-ish in its complexity. Preference is given to Michelle Obama's "Verified Fans".
According to the Chicago Tribune, "from now until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, fans can register through Ticketmaster to become a Ticketmaster Verified Fan.
"On Sept. 20, select Verified Fans will receive a code via text message that will allow them to participate in a presale specifically for Verified Fans. At 10 a.m. Sept. 20, the presale will begin, and those who received a text-message code will be able to purchase tickets."
During the second stage, tickets will go on sale to the general public. At this stage, Michelle Obama's Verified Fans who did not receive their presale codes can also buy tickets.
Security for Michelle Obama's "Becoming" tour is expected to be tighter than Beyonce and JAY-Z's On The Run 2 tour. And why not? Beyonce will never be First Lady.