Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and current Spouse of the Canadian Prime Minister Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau (no, she’s not the First Lady of Canada) stepped out in Toronto for lunch yesterday and yes, they are the cutest girlfriends out on the town ever. According to BlogTO, the ladies hit Italian eatery Gusto 101 for lunch while Obama was in town for a talk at Ryerson University. Because after you empower thousands with your speech on women in leadership and overcoming racism and poverty, you’re probably a little peckish.
When @michelleobama and @sophiegregoiretrudeau decide to go to @gusto101to for lunch on the one day I take off work in eight months!! If I was working I would’ve run across the street from @chubbysjamaican like an Olympian to take a peek. #firstlady #torontolife #michelleobama #sophietrudeau #gusto101 #secretservicemeneverywhere
The restaurant’s owner (who is probably thanking every god she can think of for this level of publicity) posted a video of the lunching “soulmates” (yes, look it up) and let the adoring public know that they dined on an elaborate meal of “kale salads (of course!), grilled octopus, buffalo mozzarella, ravioli, shrimp pasta, shishito peppers.” And they shared it, like all good besties do.
I just can’t….MICHELLE OBAMA and SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE TRUDEAU @gusto101to for lunch TODAY. . . . . Just the two First Ladies and about 15 secret service men. Michelle and Sophie took the private dining room to themselves and shared, Kale salad (of course!), grilled octopus, buffalo mozzarella, ravioli, shrimp pasta, shishito peppers. #firstladieslunching #torontolife #michelleobama #sophietrudeau #honouredtoserve
At Obama’s speech on “The Economics of Equality: Advancing Women and Girls to Change the World” the former FLOTUS discussed the struggles she’s overcome to become the woman and world leader she is today.
“That journey for me from the south side to now, that journey for me has not been a story of success,” she told the crowd, “It’s been a story of stumbles and tumbles along the way, and missteps and embarrassments, and hurts and pains, and cuts and bruises. But it’s the getting back up part of all of that — that is really what’s important.It’s that resilience that makes me who I am. It’s not the degrees, it’s not the schools I went to, it’s not the titles — it’s my ability to get back up again and again and to be a human being which connects to my story.”
She also addressed the racism and hatred that’s been pushed to the forefront of North American dialogue in the past year in the form of alt-right, white supremacist and neo-Nazi protests.
“Racism is not about you. It’s about the other person and their fear. Their fear of the unknown, their fear of losing something,” Obama said, “When somebody attacks me, the first thing I think about is what happened to them? What is going on in their lives that makes them hate so much? That makes them so afraid — of me? What is going on in their world?”
She received a standing ovation at then end of the event. Thanks, Obama!
Thanks @MichelleObama for coming to #toronto to share your wonderful words of wisdom and inspiring change makers to make a difference in their communities and eventually around the world #MichelleObama #womensrights #fearless #leader @PlanCanada @ECofCanada pic.twitter.com/hVk0gW3jAz
— Micha Powell (@micha_powell) November 28, 2017