Thursday 21 September 2017

Michelle denies she's 'angry black woman'

Jon Swaine in Washington

Michelle Obama was forced to deny that she was "some angry black woman", in an attempt to defuse a row over a new book that alleges she clashed with her husband's advisers.

In a TV appearance, the US First Lady played down reports that she had caused disputes with Barack Obama's aides.

She said that relations were harmonious between her and Mr Obama's inner circle, but it was "more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation".

"That's been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced," she told CBS News. "That I'm some angry black woman."

In 'The Obamas', the author, Jodi Kantor, writes that Mrs Obama collided with Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, over her husband's overhaul of the healthcare system.

Robert Gibbs, when press secretary, allegedly "cursed" Mrs Obama after she passed on criticisms of his response to reports that she had told Carla Bruni, the wife of the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, that living in the White House was "hell".

Mrs Obama admitted to being one of her husband's "biggest confidantes" but said, "I want him to be talking to the people with the best information." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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