Barack Obama Surprises Audience at Michelle Obama's Book Show

Michelle Obama and Barack Obama
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Michelle Obama and Barack Obama are seen after their portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on Feb. 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. 

The former president came onstage in Washington with a bouquet of pink roses for his wife.

Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama's book show in Washington. The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, Becoming, and participated in a conversation Saturday night (Nov. 17) moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

When the conversation shifted toward Michelle's feelings about her husband, Jarrett announced a "special guest" and Barack came on stage carrying a bouquet of pink roses for his wife. The crowd at Capital One Arena leapt to its feet.

Jarrett asked Barack what it was about Michelle that captured his heart when they met at a Chicago law firm where she was his mentor. He said she was "one of a kind," strong and honest, and someone he knew he could always count on. Barack also said he knew that if Michelle was the mother of his children, their offspring would be “extraordinary."