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A new book is describing some interesting behind-the-scenes interactions between first lady Michelle Obama and her aides. The book says that Mrs. Obama is a force on policy issues and opinions, putting her into direct conflict with many of the president’s advisers. The book also says that Mrs. Obama was regularly frustrated with the challenges and constraints of a first lady’s life.
Jodi Kantor of the New York Times is publishing a book this week called “The Obamas,” which says that Mrs. Obama often fought with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs, the former press secretary for the president.
The book is based on interviews with 30 current and former aides, but there is no interview with either Mr. or Mrs. Obama. Kantor says that when the president’s healthcare initiative appeared to be falling apart, Mrs. Obama stated that she was unhappy with the way the White House was handling its strategy.
Kantor also says that Mrs. Obama "made it clear that she thought her husband needed a new team, according to her aides."
The book also says that Gibbs was angry with Mrs. Obama after she said to the French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy that living in the White House was “hell.” Gibbs then cursed Mrs. Obama when adviser Valerie Jarrett told him that the first lady was concerned about the way Gibbs was responding to the public relations flap over Mrs. Obama’s remark.
The White House is not responding favorably to the book, stating that it is an “over-dramatization of old news.”
"The emotions, thoughts and private moments described in the book, though often seemingly ascribed to the president and first lady, reflect little more than the author's own thoughts," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. "These secondhand accounts are staples of every administration in modern political history and often exaggerated."
The book says that the Obamas are sometimes frustrated by not being able to live freely and that President Obama often gets angry over how the press covers him. The book also goes on to describe the Obamas as devoted parents.
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