First time author Michelle Obama is doing what authors do and appearing at the downtown D.C. Barnes & Noble for an "American Grown" book signing next week, but since she's the first lady there are rules, lots of them, and folks need to abide by them if they want to attend.
The whole thing is a two-day process, as first reported by Obama Foodorama. On June 8, starting at 9 a.m. interested Obama fans must come to the store — located at 12th and E NW — to buy the book, get a wristband and show proper ID (a driver's license plus a social security card are recommended). On book signing day June 12, we're told that attendees must bring this receipt, the wristband and their ID to the store, wait in line — it's first come, first served, with absolutely no cutting. Then they must go through Secret Service security and leave all cameras, cell phones and recording equipment downstairs to get one book, per person signed by the FLOTUS, with no personalization allowed. And, according to store personnel, all of this is subject to change.
That all being said, Barnes & Noble management is still expecting plenty of people. "We are preparing for a large crowd," Don Herring, the assistant store manager, told Yeas & Nays.