A  new book, just out on the Obamas by New York Times writer, Jodi Kantor, characterizes the first Lady as a behind-the scenes-force in the  White House, whose strong views often draw her into conflict with President Obama’s top advisors. The Kantor book portrays a White House where tensions developed between Ms Obama and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former press secretary Robert Gibbs.

Ms Obama denies this idea of conflict in the West Wing adding, « There will always be people who don’t like me. »

Do you like Michelle Obama?  Is she a good first Lady?

Are there other first Ladies that you like or dislike?

My recollection is that Nancy Reagan took a scunner to her husband’s chief of staff (also named Reagan) and had him fired.

Is Michelle Obama ‘some kind of angry black woman?’

What do you think?


  1. 1
    Peter Westenhangar Says:

    Michelle does look a bit bolshy, but I have been impressed with her actions. I remember one of the first actions she did in the White House was to bring in a load of Washington D.C. local children to plant a veg garden. What a marvelous example to everybody.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    She is also helping soldiers get back into normal life. A great first Lady.

  3. 3

    She could be a saint and there will be some who will denounce her.
    I think she’s terrific. She’s down-to-earth and is fiercely protective of her children and her husband.I liked her interview with Gail King this week.
    I liked Jackie Kennedy-her style personally & for the White house was great for the time.
    I also liked Rosalyn Carter. Very low keyed.
    I liked Hilary Clinton until she « appeared » to forgive her husband. She should have kicked him to the curb, but she chose power instead of pride.
    Not so much-Betty Ford, Nancy Regan, Barbara Bush, and not at all GWB’s wife- What the heck was her name?
    BTW: Has anyone commented on some of the wives of potential candidates:
    The Barbie Doll parade: John McCain’s wife and Newt’s blonde:
    Is that hair style back in style…yikes!

  4. 4
    Jim Says:

    What goes ’round, comes ’round. The First Lady is doing just fine.

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