In New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor’s new book, “The Obamas”, Kantor attempts to expose so-called tensions between Michelle Obama & White House Staffers, including Rahm Emanuel and Former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. In a response to the book, the White House has already called it over dramatized & old news.
“The book is about a relationship between two people whom the author has not spoken to in years.… 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.” – (Eric Schultz, White House Associate Communications Director, The White House blog)
Some of the “juiciest” tidbits included an Alice In Wonderland type bash thrown that included the likes of Tim Burton & Johnny Depp and the original Chewbacca costume from Star Wars. The book also goes on to speculate, because that’s pretty much all it is, about disagreements with Emanuel & Gibbs. Considering that the information didn’t come directly from the Obama’s mouths, but from 33 supposed White House staffers, I think this book might as well be lined up next to The Star magazine in the express check out line at Safeway.
Today on the CBS Morning Show, Oprah’s best buddy, Gail King had a chance to sit down & speak with Michelle Obama about these “tensions” in the White House. She tells Gail, “I never read these books. So I’ve just gotten in the habit of not reading other people’s impressions of people.”
Do you blame her?
Michelle Obama has been under scrutiny since her husband took office. The media has kept her under a microscope and has dissected every little piece of her. From the way she dresses, to other politicians making disrespectful comments about her physique. Michelle feels that people shouldn’t believe everything they read about her, because it’s pretty much not true. She dispels the notion that she’s sitting besides Barack in meetings, “I guess it’s just more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here,” she said. “That’s been an image people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some kind of angry black woman.”
I’m glad Michelle Obama made mention of being painted as an “Angry Black Woman”. This is what some in mainstream media, especially people like Kantor & Fox News tries to get the world to believe. Michelle Obama goes on to say, “There will always be people who don’t like me.. I’m just trying to be me, and I just hope that over time, that people get to know me.”
Do I even have to go into the rant on how a lot of black women are painted as being ABW (Angry Black Women)? Why can’t Michelle be painted as just a woman who chooses to stand by her man & raise their two daughters effectively, even under constant scrutiny? I’m sure Michelle has her moments of anger, she’s human & she’s a woman. We all do. I truly don’t see her as being this tyrant of a wife that Jodi Kantor is attempting to paint her as in the book.
The unfortunate truth in the matter is that this book mostly likely will end up a best seller, the comment section of every mainstream news site will have plenty of vulgar & racist comments aimed at The Obamas, Jodi Kantor will continue her promo tour & Washingtonians that thrive off of White House gossip will love it.