If you write a book about the inner workings of the U.S. presidency, publicity will come to you. Such is the case for Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, an inside look at the President and First Lady during their early days in the White House.
The Daily Beast has a list of what it calls eight of the “best parts” from the book, among them: Michelle didn’t really want to live in D.C., some White House staffers didn’t want her on the cover of Vogue, she butt heads with members of Obama’s staff, and she had a lot of influence on health care reform. Business Insider also has a roundup of “juicy bits” that also focuses a whole lot on the First Lady.
Michelle addressed the book during a sit-down with Gayle King and CBS This Morning, and takes issue with her frequent characterization as “an angry black woman.” That interview above. This new book aside (we haven’t read it), there have been a lot of ugly things said about Michelle Obama that a lot of people should be ashamed of.
Not to go off on a tangent, but Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry was on The Colbert Report to talk about her new book Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. She talks about the “angry black woman” characterization among others in a brilliant interview with Colbert that everyone should watch. Harris-Perry will be hosting an MSNBC program starting next month.
The “scandal” that has erupted directly related to President Obama has to do with a “secret” two-year-old Halloween party that Chewbacca and Johnny Depp went to. Press Secretary Jay Carney questions how it can be a secret if the press was called in to cover it. It’s so dumb that’s all we’re going to say about that but here are some links in case you have some vacant space in your brain that you want to fill with nonsense. Also if you want to fill your brain with Presidential nonsense, this.