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  • The Worst White House Aide [Valerie Jarrett]

    01/15/2012 9:47:07 AM PST · by freespirited · 63 replies · 3+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/23/12 | Matthew Continetti
    If for nothing else, Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas will be remembered for an anecdote from 2010. After he spent hours disputing an allegation in the French media that Michelle Obama thought life in the White House was “hell,” press secretary Robert Gibbs encountered senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. She told him the first lady was unhappy with his work. Gibbs exploded in a rage, informing Jarrett that she didn’t “know what the f— you’re talking about” and that if Mrs. Obama was displeased, well, “f— her too.” Subsequent relations between the senior adviser and press secretary were strained. Gibbs told Kantor...
  • Jodi Kantor - author of "The Obamas" on NOW - CSPAN2 - 6:42pm ct

    01/12/2012 4:54:17 PM PST · by STARWISE · 4 replies · 1+ views
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  • Mrs Obama: Some Give Her 'Angry Black Woman' Image

    01/11/2012 8:27:09 AM PST · by edpc · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11 Jan 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she has forcefully imposed her will on White House aides and says people have inaccurately tried to portray her as "some kind of angry black woman." Mrs. Obama tells CBS News she has not read New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor's new book that characterizes her as a behind-the-scenes force in the Executive Mansion, whose strong views often draw her into conflict with President Barack Obama's top advisers.
  • Michelle Obama: No tension with husband's aides (People paint me as "some angry black woman")

    01/11/2012 5:24:26 AM PST · by maggief · 124 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 12, 2012
    (CBS News) Michelle Obama said depictions of friction in a new book, "The Obamas," between her and former top aides to her husband, President Obama, aren't true. In a wide-ranging interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, the first lady also said that some have tried to portray her as an "angry black woman" since Mr. Obama first announced he was seeking the presidency. " ... I guess it's more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and a strong woman and-- you know? But that's been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the...
  • Michelle Obama’s Mumbai dance ‘stage managed’ claims author Jodi Kantor

    01/10/2012 11:48:30 AM PST · by maggief · 23 replies
    All Voices ^ | January 11, 2012 | Nina Rai
    American First Lady Michelle Obama’s spontaneous jig at a Mumbai school when she accompanied President Barack Obama on his trip to India in 2010 was apparently ‘stage managed’ by the White House staff, with a view to sending a positive image throughout the world. This surprising claim has been made in an upcoming biography on the Obamas. In her latest book ‘The Obamas,’ New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor wrote that while in Mumbai, when President Obama was busy discussing trade relations between India and US, his wife met up with a bunch of orphans and stowaways, removing her “shoes...
  • Valerie Jarrett 'Dedicated Her Life' to the Obamas; Plus, More Details from Jodi Kantor's New Book

    01/09/2012 2:28:14 PM PST · by maggief · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Mag ^ | January 9, 2012 | Carol Felsenthal
    Last week, I posted a Q&A with Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, a new book about the First Couple. In the interview, which was a continuation of the edited transcript that ran in the January issue of Chicago, the New York Times reporter told me about her encounters with the First Family and what Laura Bush said to Michelle Obama during her tour of the White House. Below is the final part of the conversation, in which Kantor discusses key Chicago figures such as Valerie Jarrett and Desirée Rogers, Barack's time at Columbia University, and Michelle's secret trips to...
  • Alice in Wonderland Halloween party was no secret, W.H. says

    01/08/2012 5:07:10 PM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 1/8/12 | BYRON TAU
    A White House official told POLITICO Sunday that a Halloween party thrown for military families in 2009 was no secret and that there was no conspiracy to cover-up the role of two well-known Hollywood figures. In her new book "The Obamas," Jodi Kantor reports that the White House communications staff was concerned about the optics of the Obamas hosting a star-studded 'Alice in Wonderland'-themed Halloween party in a time of economic misery. As a result, Kantor reports, they did not highlight the role that director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp played at the event. Burton helped decorate the White...
  • White House threw secret 'Alice in Wonderland' bash during recession{Press covered up since 2009}

    01/09/2012 4:02:10 AM PST · by drpix · 30 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 01/08/12 | MICHAEL GARTLAND and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    A White House “Alice in Wonderland” costume ball — put on by Johnny Depp and Hollywood director Tim Burton — proved to be a Mad-as-a-Hatter idea that was never made public for fear of a political backlash during hard economic times, according to a new tell-all. ...It was so over the top that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas sent the original Chewbacca to mingle with invited guests. ...the State Dining Room had also been transformed into a secretive White House Wonderland. ...“Fruit punch was served in blood vials at the bar. Burton’s own Mad Hatter, the actor Johnny Depp, presided...
  • White House Threw Secret 'Alice in Wonderland' Bash During Recession

    01/08/2012 12:47:37 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    NYPost ^ | 1-8-12 | MICHAEL GARTLAND and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    It was the tea party the Obamas just couldn’t resist. A White House “Alice in Wonderland” costume ball — put on by Johnny Depp and Hollywood director Tim Burton — proved to be a Mad-as-a-Hatter idea that was never made public for fear of a political backlash during hard economic times, according to a new tell-all. “The Obamas,” by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, tells of the first Halloween party the first couple feted at the White House in 2009. It was so over the top that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas sent the original Chewbacca to mingle with...
  • White House threw secret 'Alice in Wonderland' bash during recession

    01/08/2012 4:51:47 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 113 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1-7-12 | MICHAEL GARTLAND and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    It was the tea party the Obamas just couldn’t resist. A White House “Alice in Wonderland” costume ball — put on by Johnny Depp and Hollywood director Tim Burton — proved to be a Mad-as-a-Hatter idea that was never made public for fear of a political backlash during hard economic times, according to a new tell-all. “The Obamas,” by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, tells of the first Halloween party the first couple feted at the White House in 2009. It was so over the top that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas sent the original Chewbacca to mingle with...
  • New book: Michelle Obama clashed with W.H. advisers

    01/06/2012 8:28:02 PM PST · by mcenedo · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/16/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    So, Jennifer Epstein wites a breathless puff piece about a breathless puff piece written by Jodi Kanter about the magnificent Michelle and the God like Obamas. New York Times "reporter" gets 7 figure advance to write this drivel, after one interview with the Obamas, to come out just in time for the election season.
  • Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady

    01/06/2012 9:32:26 PM PST · by STARWISE · 81 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1-6-12 | Jodi Kantor
    *snip* “She feels as if our rudder isn’t set right,” Mr. Obama confided, according to aides. Rahm Emanuel, then chief of staff, repeated the first lady’s criticisms to colleagues with indignation, according to three of them. Mr. Emanuel, in a brief interview, denied that he had grown frustrated with Mrs. Obama, but other advisers described a grim situation: a president whose agenda had hit the rocks, a first lady who disapproved of the turn the White House had taken, and a chief of staff who chafed against her influence.
  • Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady

    01/07/2012 7:53:16 AM PST · by LRoggy · 63 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/7/12 | Jodi Kantor
    Michelle Obama was privately fuming, not only at the president’s team, but also at her husband. In the days after the Democrats lost Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat in January 2010, Barack Obama was even-keeled as usual in meetings, refusing to dwell on the failure or lash out at his staff. The first lady, however, could not fathom how the White House had allowed the crucial seat, needed to help pass the president’s health care legislation and the rest of his agenda, to slip away, several current and former aides said.
  • Book depicts tensions between first lady, aides

    01/07/2012 7:54:03 AM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 88 replies · 3+ views
    AP ^ | January 7, 2012 | By JIM KUHNHENN
    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...
  • Michelle Obama 'raged against Rahm Emmanuel and White House advisors'

    01/07/2012 12:19:24 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-7-12 | Raf Sanchez
    The First Lady reportedly believed that Mr Emmanuel's willingness to cut backroom deals during the battle over health care reform was tainting Barack Obama's image as a new kind of American leader. The Obamas paints a picture of a presidential inner circle divided between Mrs Obama's idealistic belief in what the administration could achieve and the grittier pragmatism of Mr Emmanuel. The book, written by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, claims that the chief of staff refused to allow the president's wife into high-level morning meetings, leading a brooding Mrs Obama to berate other senior advisers by email. She...
  • NYT Publishes Misleading Article About 'Pragmatic Views' of 'Law Professor' Obama

    05/03/2009 3:41:15 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies · 1,200+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 3, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    If you had read a newspaper article about Colonel Harlan Sanders which left the impression that he really held that rank in the military without mentioning that it was strictly an honorary title from the state of Kentucky, wouldn't you consider the story to be misleading? Well, that is pretty much what Jodi Kantor did in her New York Times story about "law professor" Barack Obama starting with the title, "As a Professor, Obama Held Pragmatic Views on the Court." Echoing the title is the first paragraph of her article which reinforces the "law professor" misconception: Many American presidents have...
  • Fox News Would Like To Talk To You About Your New York Times Subscription

    10/19/2008 2:58:35 PM PDT · by WilliamReading · 37 replies · 1,851+ views
    Fox News has been covering the McCain campaign's "outrage" over a Cindy McCain profile in the New York Times this weekend. But besides just reporting the story throughout the day, FNC has made it easy for those equally outraged — with a cancellation phone number and complaint email address in their lower thirds of the TV screen.
  • NYT Reporter Sends Facebook Message to Violate McCain Daughter Privacy

    10/18/2008 7:00:44 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 52 replies · 2,281+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 18, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Talk about sleazy tactics! Wizbang has obtained a copy of a Facebook e-mail sent by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor in order to snoop into the private life of John McCain's youngest daughter, Bridgette. Here is that Kantor message obtained by Wizbang (emphasis mine): September 29 at 7:21pmReport MessageI saw on facebook that you went to Xavier, and if you don't mind, I'd love to ask you some advice about a story. I'm a reporter at the New York Times, writing a profile of Cindy McCain, and we are trying to get a sense of what she is like...