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Book depicts tensions between first lady, aides
AP ^ | January 7, 2012 | By JIM KUHNHENN

Posted on 01/07/2012 7:54:03 AM PST by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, in a book to be published Tuesday, portrays a White House where tensions developed between Mrs. Obama and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and former press secretary and presidential adviser Robert Gibbs.

Among the book's most provocative anecdotes, Kantor recounts a scene in which Gibbs, frustrated after tamping down a potential public relations crisis involving the first lady, exploded when presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett told him the first lady had concerns about the White House response to the flap. The initial commotion had been over an alleged

remark by Michelle Obama to French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy that living in the White House was "hell."

In another, the book describes how Obama, after winning a U.S. Senate seat and writing a best-selling book, "The Audacity of Hope," sought self-protection and privacy as he came to terms with his new fame. Some staffers came up with a

word to describe times when Obama couldn't connect with people: "Barackward," a combination of "Barack" and "awkward."

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Michelle, my belle.
These are words that go together well,
my Michelle.

The White House is "HELL"

Barackward Obama. BarackBackward Obama

1 posted on 01/07/2012 7:54:05 AM PST by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

The idea of Gibbsie cursing MO out is pretty comical ;-)

However I’m sure the MSM spin on this will be soon telling us how courageous and strong the Flotus is, why, even to the point of her “going rogue” when needed...


2 posted on 01/07/2012 8:00:37 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba
Hmmmm

BARACK IS
BACKWARDS
MISSING A FEW

3 posted on 01/07/2012 8:03:39 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

Now, how to combine Barack and backassward.


4 posted on 01/07/2012 8:04:52 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba
i wish that thing and it's spawn DID stay in Chicagoland...
5 posted on 01/07/2012 8:09:33 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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6 posted on 01/07/2012 8:13:05 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba
In another, the book describes how Obama, after winning a U.S. Senate seat and writing a best-selling book, "The Audacity of Hope," sought self-protection and privacy as he came to terms with his new fame. Some staffers came up with a word to describe times when the senator couldn't connect with people: "Barackward," a combination of "Barack" and "awkward."

Yeah, I guess it's awkward knowing that your celebrated life story was cribbed by a white guy.

7 posted on 01/07/2012 8:14:42 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: knarf

When the Obamas first moved into the White House, it was soon clear that not only didn’t they feel honored to be there, they didn’t like living in the White House. They felt confined and trapped. They wanted be somewhere else as often as possible. I am a senior citizen. In all my years on this planet, I have never know of any first couple who didn’t feel honored to be there.


9 posted on 01/07/2012 8:20:39 AM PST by Essie
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba; maggief; STARWISE; onyx; Liz; penelopesire
Hmmmm a comedy?
10 posted on 01/07/2012 8:21:03 AM PST by hoosiermama (GAME-ON!)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

11 posted on 01/07/2012 8:21:31 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

Personally, I think it’s “hell” because I believe she and Barry are on the outs.


12 posted on 01/07/2012 8:30:00 AM PST by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: theDentist

I think they were only on the “ins” twice.

Thank you, thank you. Try the veal. I’ll be here all day : )


13 posted on 01/07/2012 8:33:50 AM PST by 1malumprohibitum
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba; All

No one is interested in this book.

The Obamas [Hardcover]
Jodi Kantor (Author)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167 in Books
BN Sales rank: 210


14 posted on 01/07/2012 8:35:22 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

“Book depicts tensions between First lady Michelle Obama, Aides “,p.
Arguing over AIDS is a series matter.


15 posted on 01/07/2012 8:36:24 AM PST by evad (STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING. It's the SPENDING Stupid)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba


Book is flopping in pre-sales on Amazon and BN.
16 posted on 01/07/2012 8:39:11 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

The First Fat A** (can’t call her a “lady”)....deserves what she gets....and more.


17 posted on 01/07/2012 8:52:45 AM PST by goodnesswins (Adversity makes us bitter or better.)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

“The first lady, however, wasn’t there to cheer the achievement. She was in New York City watching television coverage “alone in her suite at the Waldorf Astoria, according to an aide, as her daughters slept.”

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/images/2008/10/19/michelleobamalobsterhiresa2.jpg


18 posted on 01/07/2012 8:59:28 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Travis McGee

“Michelle Obama, who came to politics skeptically but saw her husband as someone capable of lofty achievements, worked hard not to be isolated. She sent emails to Jarrett when she had complaints about news coverage, which Jarrett would forward to others after removing the first lady’s name from them. When she couldn’t wedge certain events or people into her husband’s schedule, she would send her missives to Alyssa Mastromonaco, the president’s director of scheduling. The emails, Kantor writes, “were so stern that Mastromonaco showed them around to colleagues, unsure of how to respond to her boss’s wife’s displeasure.”

“When the whole enterprise seemed to have fallen apart, following the election of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, the first lady was furious. Instead of letting her husband down easy, which top staff hoped she would do, she lit into him.
“She feels as if our rudder isn’t set right,” the president told his aides. “They had the sense that was not the actual language she had used.”
Kantor writes, “To her, the Scott Brown victory provided grim evidence for what she had been saying for months, in some cases years: [her husband] had been leaning on the same tight group of insular, disorganized advisers for too long; they were not careful planners who looked out for worst-case scenarios.”
Emanuel, naturally, had a different read. And according to “The Obamas,” he was indignant about how the first lady handled the Brown victory. “Emanuel hated it when people criticized the administration from lofty perches,” writes Kantor. “More fundamentally, the chief of staff was trying to convince the president to scale back his health care efforts, but the first lady wanted him to push forward. Emanuel wanted to win by the standard measures of presidential success: legislative victories, poll numbers. Michelle Obama had more persona criteria: Was her husband fulfilling their mission?”


19 posted on 01/07/2012 9:05:22 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: bigbob

“The tug of war between Michelle Obama and Rahm Emanuel for the president’s spiritual or political soul contributed to a White House that was far more disorganized and friction-filled than the public perception holds. Kantor reports that then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was often deployed to push back against the first lady, informing her that she couldn’t take a private vacation on a state visit, spend large amounts on White House redecoration, or buy expensive clothes. “


20 posted on 01/07/2012 9:06:35 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: bigbob
"The idea of Gibbsie cursing MO out is pretty comical"

No, he went after Valerie Jarrett. Great story buried in the article.

21 posted on 01/07/2012 9:11:10 AM PST by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: mojitojoe
Bollinger is good stuff, but a lobster hors d'oeurve as an appetizer to a whole lobster main course is so declasse.
22 posted on 01/07/2012 9:18:19 AM PST by StAnDeliver ("Quelle dommage.")
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba; LucyT; maggief; onyx

One thing I noticed is that how many things in the book are the same as things the White House Insider said nearly a year ago. In fact, he could have darn near written that book the accounts of incidents are so similar.


23 posted on 01/07/2012 9:22:18 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: mojitojoe

“When the whole enterprise seemed to have fallen apart, following the election of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, the first lady was furious.”

She knew then that it was a one-term gig; they had 3 years to contemplate that.


24 posted on 01/07/2012 9:44:43 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

I NEVER thought I’d write this:

I miss the days of Bill and Hill in the white house.

Although Hill probably put more holes in the white house walls that termites and Bill ran the oval office like it was his own private strip club, at least they LIKED being their.


25 posted on 01/07/2012 9:45:12 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: theDentist
Personally, I think it’s “hell” because I believe she and Barry are on the outs.

Barry prefers men.

26 posted on 01/07/2012 10:02:29 AM PST by Go Gordon (President Poverty - President Downgrade - President Food Stamp - President Pantywaist - B. H. Obama)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

27 posted on 01/07/2012 10:07:32 AM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: mojitojoe

“the chief of staff was trying to convince the president to scale back his health care efforts, but the first lady wanted him to push forward.”

I wish Emmanuel had prevailed. This was reported on local Chicago news last night, but the tone was very defensive of Michelle. The female news babes love her.


28 posted on 01/07/2012 10:11:10 AM PST by Fu-fu2
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29 posted on 01/07/2012 10:16:21 AM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba
"Michelle and I are perfectly comfortable if we're only here one term if we feel like we really accomplished something," the book quotes the president as telling aides.

So the fact that he's running for re-election must mean that he doesn't feel he really accomplished anything.

I tend to agree, but why should the country have to suffer for it?
30 posted on 01/07/2012 10:17:10 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority (I also think that Obama should be defeated.)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba
She is seen publicly as the friendly and popular face of the softer side of the White House, the one reading to school kids or promoting exercise as a means to reduce child obesity.

Friendly? Old perma-scowl Moochie?

And the only exercise she gets is cracking lobster with her bare hands.

31 posted on 01/07/2012 10:35:39 AM PST by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I feel the same way and I never thought I would feel that way either. It’s pretty sick when you find yourself looking back on Hill and Bill as the good ole days... sort of. At least Bill didn’t hate America and want to “fundamentally change the Unites States of America”. Even Chris Matthews has jumped ship:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB4b11_LREA


32 posted on 01/07/2012 10:41:13 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: americanophile
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33 posted on 01/07/2012 10:43:57 AM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

Barack is Awkward

and Michelle has Aides?


34 posted on 01/07/2012 11:07:17 AM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

I’ll bet she treats her aides like crap.


35 posted on 01/07/2012 11:13:14 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: hattend

The after story comments are great!


36 posted on 01/07/2012 11:13:24 AM PST by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: StAnDeliver

Precisely so. It reveals someone who simply doesn’t understand how to order at a nice restaurant.


37 posted on 01/07/2012 11:23:08 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

Oh I like that.

New tagline moment...


38 posted on 01/07/2012 11:36:01 AM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: hattend

I just read several hundred of the comments in the source article. Not one was pro-nobama or mooch-elle. They were from all over the country. All had a lot of thumbs-up votes. Pretty amazing. LOL!


39 posted on 01/07/2012 11:48:26 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: leapfrog0202

40 posted on 01/07/2012 12:01:22 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: mojitojoe
Gibbs was often deployed to push back against the first lady

All the reviews I've read portray Obama as weak, scared and whipped. He avoids her, uses others to corral her, is afraid of her wrath.

I hope this book gets a lot of play. It's a damning look at the Wimp.

41 posted on 01/07/2012 12:22:28 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: mojitojoe
Instead of letting her husband down easy, which top staff hoped she would do, she lit into him.She feels as if our rudder isn’t set right,” the president told his aides..........Michelle Obama had more persona criteria: Was her husband fulfilling their mission?

Say huh?
Do we have our first Boob-belt of the United States in office?(BbOTUS)?
Who's running this shin-ding anyways?

(Oh wait...are we supposed to feel sorry for Barry now?)

42 posted on 01/07/2012 12:25:12 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: jimbo123

It is climbing a bit. At Amazon it’s up to #54.


43 posted on 01/07/2012 12:26:04 PM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: mojitojoe

I was thinking the same thing. Wonder if attack dog Reggie Love ends up in the book?


44 posted on 01/07/2012 12:32:48 PM PST by OafOfOffice (W.C:Socialism:Philosophy of failure,creed of ignorance,gospel of envy,the equal sharing of misery)
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To: deoetdoctrinae

Lol, love those commercials.


45 posted on 01/07/2012 12:37:55 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Stay involved..because stupid people are running America! - Herman Cain - Amen!!!)
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To: Carry_Okie

So in other words, Obama can only connect to the people with his teleprompters to tell him what to say, his security tightly around him and unions in the crowd cheering every stutter.


46 posted on 01/07/2012 12:38:41 PM PST by OafOfOffice (W.C:Socialism:Philosophy of failure,creed of ignorance,gospel of envy,the equal sharing of misery)
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba
The White House is "HELL"

She should feel at home.

47 posted on 01/07/2012 12:39:15 PM PST by kabar
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Those clowns currently living in the White House cause"HELL" for any normal, clear-thinking Patriotic American Conservative.

There. Fixed it.

48 posted on 01/07/2012 12:40:31 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

Michelle is the ultimate LINO......”Lady In Name Only”


49 posted on 01/07/2012 1:29:11 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Comrade Brother Abu Bubba

Brilliant, really-really smart, intelligent,
Progressive geniuses will always be difficult to deal with.

/s/


50 posted on 01/07/2012 1:33:49 PM PST by ripley
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