London, Jan 9 (ANI): A visit to a London girls' school proved to be a turning point for Michelle Obama, where she discovered a public role for herself and evaded the isolation she felt at the White House, a new book has claimed.
Michelle visited multi-ethnic Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington, north London during G20 summit in April 2009, three months after President Obama's inauguration as the first black president of the United States.
"She looked at the girls looking at her and saw herself through their eyes, noticing how they hung on her every word," Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage, wrote.
"She saw the responsibility, the impact, the potential, of her role. Her time in the White House had been isolating, yet now across the Atlantic she felt so connected."
Kantor has asserted that Mrs Obama wanted to postpone shifting to the White House so that the couple's daughters could finish their school year in Chicago.
Even after arriving in Washington, the author has claimed that Michelle felt somewhat trapped in her new home.
While, on the other hand, her welcome by the girls of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School was loud and enthusiastic.
Kantor has mentioned that Michelle, whose mother was a secretary, identified with the girls, two thirds of whom spoke English as their second language.
Mrs Obama, who won places at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, told them: "Although the circumstances of our lives may seem very distant I want you to know that we have very much in common," the Daily Mail reported. (ANI)