US First Lady is equally competent if not more than President Barack Obama, in questions regarding US policies; does this can be the reason for tension between Michelle and the presidential staff?
According to a new book out today, by a New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, it could be.
The new book titled The Obamas, which describes the behind-the-scenes relationship between the first couple and the tension between First Lady Michelle Obama and the president’s staff ; says that the lady had constant difference of opinion with Rahm Emanuel, the president’s initial chief of staff. The first Lady was less than delighted about the President’s selection of Emanuel — who is now mayor of Chicago — and that the two were increasingly at odds over President Obama’s methods of promoting his agenda, particularly in the areas of health care and immigration. The tension seemed to increase with Michelle Obama’s growing interest in helping to shape policy issues.
Even before the release of the Book, the White House has refuted the assertions made by the book and rebuked the author questioning her reporting, by saying:
“The book, an over-dramatization of old news, is about a relationship between two people whom the author has not spoken to in years,”
The author on her part, defending her reporting on NBC’s Today Show, claimed that the book took more than 4 years of research and hundreds of hours of interviews with more than 200 people, including current and former White House officials, aides and cabinet members including David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Robert Gibbs, Susan Sher, Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt.