January 11th, 2012
11:31 AM ET
Michelle Obama denied reports that there has ever been any friction between the first lady and her husband’s top advisors. In an interview conducted by Gayle King for CBS This Morning, Mrs. Obama refuted claim of conflict with White House staff but acknowledged she speaks her mind. “I mean, one thing is true that I talk very candidly to my husband about how I feel, but that's the kind of relationship we have,” she said.
The newly published book, “The Obamas,” by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, portrays the relationship between Mrs. Obama and her husband’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel as difficult and tense. Mrs. Obama disagreed with that assessment, "Rahm and I have never had a cross word…I don’t have conversations with my husband’s staff,”
Acknowledging that she is not a policy expert and that her husband has plenty of smart advisors, she added, “That's not to say that we don't have discussions and conversations. That's not to say that my husband doesn't know how I feel.”
The interview, which was taped in Mrs. Obama’s East Wing office, also included questions about life in the White House. The first lady told King it was a privilege to live in the White House but worries about her daughters, “If there’s any anxiety that I feel, it’s because I want to make sure that my girls come out of this on the other end whole.”
The first lady, who is expected to campaign extensively for her husband during the upcoming campaign, ruled out ever running for office herself. “Never. I don't have an interest in political life, in that way. Never have, never will,” she said.