Michelle Obama surprises group of Texas high school girls

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DALLAS, Texas (KWTX) Former First Lady Michelle Obama shocked a group of high school girls from north Texas when she popped in on their leadership conference ahead of her sold out appearance at the American Airlines center Monday night.

(Photo by Julie Hays)

Obama emerged from behind a curtain during a breakout session at the first young women’s leadership conference held at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

The girls had read the former first lady’s new book, “Becoming” as part of preparing for the conference but had no idea Obama would stop by.

When she did many broke out in tears.

Obama sat on a couch with the girls and talked with them about everything from learning to tune out the negative particularly on social media, to life in the public eye and how she once felt just like them with little hope and the odds stacked against her.

She also talked about the importance of embracing differences and cited her relationship with former President George W. Bush as an example she said the world has been captivated by.

Obama followed the small breakout session by addressing the full group of 150 students who were part of the conference from across nine schools in the Dallas area.

She also surprised the students by giving them tickets for her 8 p.m. appearance.