What You Need to Know: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama cancels Berlin, Paris book tour dates to attend George H.W. Bush's funeral

Michelle Obama has canceled two international stops for her “Becoming” book tour to attend the funeral services of George H.W. Bush.

People reported the former first lady announced the news Sunday morning on Twitter. The dates will be rescheduled for 2019.

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“It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating President George H.W. Bush’s exemplary life,” Obama’s tweet read. “This will unfortunately preclude my visits to Paris and Berlin. I’ve been deeply touched by the enthusiasm for my memoir, and I’m working to reschedule my trip for next year.

“I hope readers and ticket holders will understand my decision regarding my desire to attend President Bush’s funeral, and join me in paying tribute to him and his tremendous contributions to our world.”

The 41st U.S. president died Friday night at age 94. Funerals will be held Dec. 5 and 6.

Obama released “Becoming” Nov. 13 and has sold more than 2 million copies total in various formats. A book tour was announced in September.

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