Apparently, it’s the same with President Barack Hussein Obama:
In a much-anticipated book about the first couple’s relationship, Michelle Obama emerges as a powerful, behind-the-scenes force committed to keeping President Barack Obama true to his campaign promises and willing to battle his top aides when she believed they were steering him off course.
The book, by Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, reveals the first lady’s deep ambivalence about her role in the White House, portraying her struggle with decisions as basic as whether to stay temporarily in Chicago with her girls after her husband moved into the White House.
It depicts her as the president’s compass on signature issues he pushed for in his 2008 campaign, including immigration and comprehensive health care reform — a constant reminder within the walls of the White House of his liberal vision of change, even as some of the president’s top advisers encouraged him to be more of a political realist.
And it reveals her clashes with senior advisers Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs.
Gibbs, the president’s first press secretary, had an especially rocky relationship with the first lady and Valerie Jarrett, another senior adviser and a longtime friend of the first couple.
After Gibbs worked to knock down a report asserting that the first lady had told her French counterpart, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, that living in the White House was “hell,” Jarrett said at a staff meeting that Michelle Obama had concerns about the White House response. Gibbs responded with an expletive-laden explosion, Kantor writes.
“That’s not right, I’ve been killing myself on this, where’s this coming from?” he yelled. Jarrett stayed calm, which seemed to further infuriate Gibbs. Eventually, “the press secretary cursed the first lady — colleagues stared down at the table, shocked — and stormed out.”
Precious little flower, aint she?
Earlier this week, the little blossom showed more of her demure, self-effacing manner:
First Lady Michelle Obama is to make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of the popular Nickelodeon show iCarly.
In the episode, which airs on January 16, the First Lady helps the show’s title character Carly get in touch with her father, an Air Force colonel who can’t make it home for his birthday.
Obama surprises the girl and her friends, which leads to her being called “Your Excellency” by Carly’s friend Sam Puckett.
After being corrected by a friend that you don’t call the First Lady that, Michelle Obama jumps in and says “No, no, I kind of like it.”
I mean, she’s just like the average American housewife, isn’t she? She goes on shopping trips to Target, and takes the girls on small family vacations.
Remember this little jaunt?
Michelle Obama is under fire from her husband’s foes for the expense to American taxpayers of taking her younger daughter Sasha on a “girls’ holiday” with friends to a luxurious Spanish retreat.
Andrea Tantaros, a Republican party strategist, caricatured the First Lady as a “modern-day Marie Antoinette” in a scathing New York newspaper column. Some among a flurry of newspaper and television reports, have estimated the cost to the American taxpayer of her entourage’s trip at $375,000, drawing criticism as much of the US is mired in economic gloom.
Her stay at the lavish Villa Padierna in the hills above Marbella – where rooms cost up to $2,000 a night – has coincided with the news that the US lost 131,000 jobs last month, significantly more than expected.
President Barack Obama struggled to put a positive gloss on the numbers. “The road to recovery doesn’t follow a straight line,” he acknowledged on Friday.
But the blanket coverage of his wife’s five-star Mediterranean break – including private viewings of the Alhambra palace in Granada and an expected lunch with the Spanish royal family on Majorca today – could not have contrasted more sharply with the bad economic news being battled by the President.
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, declined to comment on Mrs Obama’s holiday, saying “she is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip”. But officials have quietly been briefing that some reports of the costs are exaggerated.
We’re not worthy of Michelle.
She told us how she felt about us, way back in February of 2008:
Speaking in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today, would-be First Lady Michelle Obama said, “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”
Then in Madison, she said, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.”
Some conservatives out there seem to find Mrs. Obama’s quote offensive, wondering why a 44 year old woman never felt proud before today.
Asked for a response to the remark, Obama campaign spox Bill Burton said, “Of course Michelle is proud of her country, which is why she and Barack talk constantly about how their story wouldn’t be possible in any other nation on Earth. What she meant is that she’s really proud at this moment because for the first time in a long time, thousands of Americans who’ve never participated in politics before are coming out in record numbers to build a grassroots movement for change.”
Burton, a little weasel who is no longer employed by the White House, was wrong. Michelle said exactly what she meant.
Her winsome demeanor and remarkable patriotism are just some of the lady-like qualities which have endeared her to all us peons…err…I mean the American public.
Since being First Lady is “Hell”, as she told Carla Bruni, I think that we should end her suffering (and ours) by rewarding her with a long vacation…beginning January 21, 2013.