We're moving! Get our latest gender and identity coverage on washingtonpost.com.

Thousands of fans turned out for Michelle Obama’s first book tour stop at Chicago’s United Center — 14,000, to be specific.

The tour for Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” began a few miles from her childhood home in Chicago and will carry her around the country and across the Atlantic in the coming weeks. After a highlight reel, a polished biopic, a video of people telling the camera what they are becoming and the same from a handful of handpicked audience members, Obama strolled on stage to thunderous cheers.

Here are seven takeaways from the first stop on Obama’s book tour.

Trump’s inaugural: Sameness

At Barack Obama’s two inaugural ceremonies, she saw diversity and “a representation of America.” She saw something else at the inauguration of Trump. “When I sat on that stage, I saw sameness. That was the first time it struck me that this is going to be different. And then I listened to the speech and I said, ‘This is going to be really different.’ And my heart sunk.”

Last flight out

Once Trump was sworn in, the Obamas boarded a Marine helicopter, and she was tempted to look over her shoulder and say, “Bye, Felicia.” (She didn’t.) She sobbed in her husband’s embrace for what felt like 30 minutes.

“I think it was just the release of eight years of trying to do everything perfectly,” Obama said.

Couples therapy

The Obamas went to couples therapy. “My hope was that we’d go to counseling and the counselor would look at him and say, ‘Fix yourself,’” she said, triggering a wave of knowing laughs.

“What I learned about myself was it’s not my partner’s job to make me happy, we have to make each other happy.”

The right time

Obama said the timing wouldn't have been right for a memoir while she was in the White House. She didn't want the attention to her personal thoughts and the country had bigger things to worry about. Now she's ready. "This book is me, fully," she said. "I'm still a box-checking, A student and if a memoir is about truth, then I'm telling it."

Bubble moments

Obama often rehearsed for White House events with her staff. "They’d give me a chance to have my bubble moments. We’d practice answers and then I’d be able to say what I would really want to say. My communications director would be like, ‘No. No, we shouldn’t say that,’ "

A divided nation

“We’re fighting over stuff, and dividing each other up, over things that don’t matter,” Obama said, urging her audience to share their stories and to listen to others. “I pray that we seek that empathy in each other.”

Overcoming self-doubt

Seeing Obama striding into a room, commanding a stage or drawing a laugh on late-night television, outsiders often assume that she has always been self-confident. But she often speaks of her insecurities and her sense that, as she puts it, "I'm not supposed to be here."

Winfrey asked, "Have you finally answered that nagging voice of, 'Am I good enough?' "

Obama answered simply. “Yeah,” she said. “Yeah.”

Barack Obama said women are ‘indisputably better’ leaders than men. Here’s what it was like to be a woman working in his White House.

‘Being able to see other black women lead work in that White House made me feel like I could do that as well’

Michelle Obama’s inaugural suit wrote designer Isabel Toledo into history. But her contribution to fashion stretches beyond that moment.

The Cuban-born, New York-based designer died last week at age 59

Michelle Obama hasn’t yet been fictionalized on TV. Viola Davis is set to play her in Showtime’s ‘First Ladies.’

In addition to Obama, the first season will feature Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford