Mrs. Obama speaks her mind
January 11th, 2012
11:31 AM ET

Mrs. Obama speaks her mind

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.

Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family • White House

soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Vigla

    The first lady is nothing but class... I'm proud of her.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Jack


      January 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • Bob

        right wing jerkoff

        January 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        hey Bob!

        What does JERKOFF men?

        Can you tell us so we can really understand?

        January 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Bob

      She is handling the hate and death threats against them as NO Repuke wold be able to. She is gracious and wonderful change from Bushes stepford wife.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Central Park West

      It is very unfortunate and degrading that success and independence for a woman of color is met in the workplace and in public service with this demeaning stereotype – you must be angry – We work hard to achieve and our reward is ridicule – it is scary to think that when we send our daughters off to college we can expect that their fate is to be characterized as an angry double B words. I call on all descent Americans to reject this increasingly common way of degrading women who have struggled to make it in the office and beyond.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:44 am |
  2. obama victim

    big butt big liar.....any questions??

    January 11, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Bob

      Yes, did you know your mother or father?

      January 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
      • Eddie

        Vertigo:John McCain-Maverick, scary to conservative right, trtsaing to pander to neo con base to be acceptable.. Old out for who VP is due to advanced age of the old horseBarack Obama-Flash in the pan, golden boy, harps on change yet cannot shake the fact that he was Madigan and Daleys hand maiden in his real political life. Being pimped shamelessly by Hollywood and Oprah (the real queen of the US) and had great misfortune of sleeping in the wrong church has wife with big mouth and custom fitted foot. Change anyone? Well maybe loose .Hillary Clinton-Sense of entitlement due to fact that she was 1st lady and a carpetbagger senator of NY. (Pick a nice place to land..or Bill, we ain't living in Arkansas when this shit is done), stayed with philandering husband due to political efficiency or indifference (bad trait for president)..consumate politician gender nuetral..A modern day odd squad these three, the only fucking thing missing is Aaron Spelling..oh wait he is dead, maybe tory will do as director..quincey jones is still around to arrange the theme music isn't he?The American public deserves better..if this is an example of the best we have, we are is such deep shit guys really. That scares me far more than any skit or documentary on american is at times beyond hold your is shake yur head in fucking wonder.

        March 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
      • Laurence

        IN MY CAMPAIGN, she is talking about seisxm in general. Thats the joy of CONTEXT, Billy. If you want to show me greater context, then bring in the entire document that shows she is referring to the campaign and not seisxm in general. As far as who said what in the campaign, a campaign is ultimately responsible for it's message and it is clear that the clinton campaign has interjected race on numerous occasions Billy's quote)Um, race is not the topic is it bait and switch may work in prime time TV law shows, but we are smarter than that in fact, since you interject it please show me some quotes from her campaign that say race is an issue, or even campaign statements that say Feel Sorry For The Poor Woman ! It would say it in her website!PLEASE, this is a highly documented process. It should be EASY for you to find this stuff! Jay Leno would be making streamers over his stage with this stuff!! YouTube would be having a field day!You know, we should be arguing about issues you know what they are; the things that MATTER to the people . not about shallow character assasination. THATS my beef here! I don't even know who I am going to vote for myself, nobody is out yet. Nader is still in the running too! When I choose, its going to be based upon the issues, not about your (or any pundits) opinion of her character. I get so tired of this crappy political process that ultimately discourages the best candidates from running for office because they don't want to be put under a microscope by myopic people like you who don't give a crap about the best interests of the constituancy; only driving a stake through the heart of someone you don't like.

        March 4, 2012 at 3:03 am |
    • steveo

      I have a question. Why bother with such an ignorant comment?

      January 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm |

        Steveo, I agree, some people have no class and brains to go and make such stupid and ignorant comments like this. Rather than making a statement of contradiction they just come right out there and call her a Liar, the other name I won't even dignify, consider the ignorant person who said it.

        January 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
      • @ Steveo

        Because ignorant people have nothing better to say.

        January 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm |


      January 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
      • Dan

        I heard Best Buy is running a special on keyboards... seems your caps lock is stuck.

        January 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • @ obama victim

      Yes I have a question, what level of education do you have? You are acting like a child. Rather than posting a comment to contradict Mrs Obama you call her a liar, and as far as the other name, your true IGNORANCE IS SHOWING IN YOUR COMMENT.

      January 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  3. leroy

    The first lady is nothing but ass... I'm proud of her.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • HUMMMM

      I guess you get off with being a Jerk... and I am proud of you for being the jerk you are...JERKY LEROY...LOL

      January 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • OBAMA2012

      If only all the other first ladies had half the class that Mrs. Obama does they might have accomplished something and actually been a positive influence on society..

      January 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
      • jerry

        just what has mrs obama done...exactly? It would take a book to explain all Mrs. George Bush did for children, education, and womens issues around the world....but then the media brushed over all that. And, the uneducated coolaid drinkers like you certainly missed it. Again, tell us what M. Obama has done in her 3 years.

        January 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • WIMPY38

        To Jerry: Well, she didn't get pissed off drunk and hit another car and killed someone like the former first lady.

        January 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • jean2009

        @jerry...yeah NCLB was such a great idea...NOT!

        January 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
      • steveo

        Your argument to elevate her is just as ridiculous as arguments that curse and belittlle her. Why is it always one way or the other? Bush 43's wife did a lot of great work for education, does that not count because of the letter "R"? Nancy Reagan did a lot of good work as well! All first ladies did something that benefited others, to include the current 1st lady, Ignorance does not allow folks to see and appreciate it!

        January 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
      • steveo


        It's okay to be against NCLB just don't act likeTed Kennedy had nothing do with it! He did help write it! 2 Dems and 2 GOP wrote that bill and was it widely supported across party lines!

        January 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
      • steveo


        This incident was very early in her life, how much longer will you attempt to punish her for that? The President admitted in his own book , he did illegal drugs ("blow"), early in his life! You gonna "get him" for that incident too? If not, you're hypocritical!

        January 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • SiriusVH

      It is people like you who give America a bad reputation .....

      January 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  4. XtianNation

    She has a mind?!? That's news to me!!! LOL!!!! The person in the world dumber than her is her husband Iraq O-Dumber!!!!! LOL!!!!!

    January 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  5. Jack

    O-Bitch get out of the whitehouse, and take that American imposter with you.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm |


      January 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        I am hoping the Secret Service is not watching her Ass!

        I mean, a lot of Government workers are downloading porn!
        They are bored,
        They really do not understand what they are supposed to be doing,
        They are paid for being on the job,
        Nobody is watching over the Watchdogs,

        Sounds like a good job to me!
        Can I watch Porn on my job and get paid for doing such????

        If the Secret Service is watching her Ass,,, they may not be doing their jobs!

        Of course they will see her ASS as they are doing their jobs,
        BUTT, the rest of the Government Workers are still downloading Porn.
        SEC is a perfect example,
        another example is the Federal Governments OIL Watchdogs!

        I am hoping that all of the Computers used by the Federal Government will be saved.
        so that we can see who the REAL WATCH DOGS ARE!

        January 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • WOW!

      Hey Jack, I guess your last name is ASS, hope her secret service is watching your ass.

      January 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        I am hoping the Secret Service is not watching her Ass!

        I mean, a lot of Government workers are downloading porn!
        They are bored,
        They really do not understand what they are supposed to be doing,
        They are paid for being on the job,
        Nobody is watching over the Watchdogs,

        Sounds like a good job to me!
        Can I watch Porn on my job and get paid for doing such????

        January 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  6. jerry

    She(obama) called the novelist a liar on TV(publically) and I'll bet unlike her the novelist has enough class to just let it ride.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Sitz and Peez

      Well you got it wrong there chief. Just watched the author on television in her own little interview and it was amazing on how condescending (sp) she was about the whole thing (the author that is).

      January 13, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Actually, I don't see Michele Obama as the "stay out of the way" type, at all.

    There probably were, lots of frictions between WH staffers and Michelle Obama.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Sitz and Peez

      Why is it that when someone may be labeled as a "strong black woman" then it becomes a negative term?

      January 13, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  8. Lynn Higgins

    What has Mrs. Obama done? Please tell me? Other than travelling on lucrative vacations, she has done nothing. Hillary has done more. Mrs. Bush was an icon for education reform and children....

    January 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • steveo

      I am not liberal not a Dem but even I can answer this.

      1. She supports military families
      2. She support kids eating right and getting active

      Good work no matter who does it! We have lost the fine art of just being grateful! All because of a "D" or an "R". Really sad!

      January 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • MsIntellect

        Thanks for attempting to educate Lynne Steveo. Here are some other fun facts about Michelle Obama. She studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University, Graduated from Harvard law, Joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, Served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university's first community service program, Continuing this effort now as First Lady, Mrs. Obama in 2010 launched Let’s Move!, a campaign to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. In 2011, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden together launched Joining Forces, Oh and then add she is a fabulous mother and wife who takes all this extreme and unwarranted hatred all in stride. She's really terrible isnt she? pffft. She is a ROLE MODEL.

        January 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

      Your right, Great Educator, too bad she couldn't educate her husband, but great lady

      January 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • Hiroyuki

        Absolutely beautiful! They are ineedd two little miracles a double blessing. She's my Cupcake and he's my Snickerdoodle . They're such beautiful babies and these pics really captured their sweet personalities. I also love the family shots. Simply gorgeous!

        May 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  9. steveo


    It's okay to be against NCLB just don't act likeTed Kennedy had nothing do with it! He did help write it! 2 Dems and 2 GOP wrote that bill and was it widely supported across party lines!

    January 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      I mean, a lot of Government workers are downloading porn!
      They are bored,
      They really do not understand what they are supposed to be doing,
      They are paid for being on the job,
      Nobody is watching over the Watchdogs,

      Sounds like a good job to me!
      Can I watch Porn on my job and get paid for doing such????

      If the Secret Service is watching her Ass,,, they may not be doing their jobs!

      Of course they will see her ASS as they are doing their jobs,
      BUTT, the rest of the Government Workers are still downloading Porn.
      SEC is a perfect example,
      another example is the Federal Governments OIL Watchdogs!

      I am hoping that all of the Computers used by the Federal Government will be saved.
      so that we can see who the REAL WATCH DOGS ARE!

      January 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  10. pundakenya

    She's no different than the other wives but like Hillary needs to remember that she is not an elected official, and is not entitled to be invited to staff meetings as she demanded.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  11. Roman

    Here's what I don't understand. How can people like Jack and others above me be so rude to a woman that has NO say in the way this country is run? She isn't as prolific a First Lady as Nancy Reagan or Eleanor Roosevelt, true. But she is our First Lady and NOT our President. If you don't like Barack Obama's policies (Notice I said POLICIES, not the person because I feel like most of the people that comment probably don't know him personally) fine. Don't be rude to his wife because of it. It shows a lack of dignity and intelligence to call someone a "bitch" or any other foul term because you don't like who they are married to. I didn't care for G.W. Bush but I found Laura Bush to be a very kind and intelligent woman.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Lorena

      Yes you can use them to write checks get cash etc. BUT it is a huge mitkase!Rip the checks up ASAP they give you 6 months with 0% interest but charge you a fee to cash the check and they know you can't pay it all off in 6 months. They will get thier money from you don't fall into this credit trap!Live debt free! It is a wonderful feeling.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  12. george of the jungle

    The first lady is a class act unlike some of the people writting in here today. But then we know what they support and what they stand for. Obama/Bidden 2012

    January 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  13. HoTamale24

    Blame bush, your husband always does.....
    mrs obama you are just like mr obama, righteous..
    if people are making these accusations, maybe its time to look in the mirror.

    January 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Sitz and Peez

      I agree. Those who are making these accusations need to look in the mirror. I couldn't have said it better myself. Douche.

      January 13, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  14. HoTamale24


    January 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  15. HoTamale24

    why is "my comment always awaiting moderation???????"

    January 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • @ HO


      January 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Jilzete

      My son worked snpioocg ice cream at Brusters at 15 1/2, played baseball and graduated with a 3.5GPA. You can do anything if you put your mind to it.Fast food, some restaurants, vet clinics, Blockbusters, grocery stores, CVS, Walgreens, after school programs at the local ementary school balancing is all about talking to your employer about your schedule, being honest, trustworthy, reliable, dependable,a a self starter. Try it for awhile and if it is not working examine why talk to others who have a job good luck to you!

      May 20, 2012 at 7:38 am |


    January 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • arduck

      Takes one to know one.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • Buyak

        Good day sir hope your having a nice day I'm not so much but then again you know that and have chose not to pick up the ecpeas with me but against me thanks for the help which country should I go to then?????????

        April 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  17. JMR49

    Says it all right here, this is what the right wing has become. I don't ever recall people dissing on the First Lady of the United States like this until this new crop of anti american GOP haters came along, regardless of who was in the White House.

    January 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • steveo

      Laura Bush was and still is being bashed. Just read above your blog! Left wing is just as guilty! Truthfully, it is all pretty sad

      January 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  18. sara

    I love this First Lady...the pediment of class, dignity, smarts, style, authenicity (sp) caring and love. Her smile lights the goodness in us. Obama/Biden 2012

    January 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  19. dennis

    Hotamale24 – They made a lot of accusations about Herman Cain that he never owned up to so why would she give this any thought. That is how dumb Conservatives are. Your comment made no sense that's why. Dummy

    January 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Vivaswath

      ..point being is that Obama will get the nod..he party will pull apart..very quietly on lcoetien day when people get behind the curtain and execute in private thier feelings on this.The deep divisions that still exist in the party will show themselves then. The new voters brought in by the Obama push will not be enough to offset the loss of the Reagan democrats again. Hillary, believe it or not could carry that part of the party that Obama cannot.Obama has no juice in the chambers of the Senate were he is viewed as a kid who did nothing but appear on talk shows and run for president. He will have very little help in the house where the lines are even more dramatic. everyone for now until November will duck and cover, look to CYA until lcoetiens are over. Some very serious layin' low will be done until after lcoetiens. There are not enough progressive lefties to carry the freight in the house and senate, with the fall out from Kennedy's ailment not taken into account, Pelosi her faction will become a liability as the spector of raised taxes in the face of raises in cost of living will reflect poorly on the timing of the key components of their agenda that is assuming that Obama can carry the day against McCain, which I for one, do not view as the slam dunk many of you think it is. I think he is much closer to the middle than Obama is, and that is the demographic who will decide the lcoetien.Right know it look like Lenin vs Truman in one of those old celebrity death matches. McCain will carry Hispanic vote and it won't be close..women will decide this one not all women are Oprah or Rosie fans ..

      March 2, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  20. Anvil of Reality

    After reading these comments, one can only hope that the next First Lady will champion the cause of educating all of the backwards-thinking, mean spirited, knuckle-dragging, fox news parroting, anti-critical thinking trailer trash that thrives in the carcass of this once great country.

    January 12, 2012 at 2:13 am |
    • arduck

      That would be a herculean project. But this country needs it.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  21. george of the jungle

    Mrs Obama is not from a ghetto. She is an Attorney and probably a lot smarter than most of you repos. Her brother is a college basketball coach and she comes from a good family so get over it you morons

    January 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      @george of the jungle and jean2009

      You have stamina!

      BUT WHY?

      You want your children and grand-children to pay for the welfare of Illegals Crossing the Border?
      You want your children and grand-children to pay for the education of Illegals Crossing the Border?
      You want your children and grand-children to pay for MY HEALTH CARE and Education???

      To pay for MY HEALTH CARE and Education????

      (I ride on motorcycles,
      skate on roller-blades, and skate boards,
      play flag-football without a helmet,
      TEXT others while driving a car,
      ride a bike in the cities,
      have sex Raw-Dogging,
      live in a poor area of town,
      live close to the doctor in Connecticut that had NO GUNS TO PROTECT him where his wife and children killed by Criminals,
      have friends in Gangs that do and deliver drugs from Mexico,
      play professional football, or play college football, or high school football, or Youth Football, Basketball, Baseball,
      ride in cars without seatbelts,
      play with guns, spit-balls, bows and arrows, sling shots, rat and roach poison, bb-guns, knifes (from the kitchen, from Mexico, from the operating room),
      sit close to Gabby Giffords on a nice afternoon,
      go to State Parks where Bears Live,
      live close to Anarchists,
      eat hamburgers and french-fries,,,,err,, freedom fries, Like Michelle and Dear Leader wHouseHinee Obumer,
      go to Professional Basketball Soccor, Baseball, and Football Games (etc),
      live next to a farm that kicks up dust,
      burn raw wood in my fire place,
      burn kerosene heaters in my home,
      burn electric heaters in my home,,,,

      Might be time to Necessarily DRIVE THE PRICE of HEATING OIL and GAS
      DOWN so that I can HEAT MY HOME
      so that I can survive in this world!

      January 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  22. Canonfodder

    This morning Soledad Obrian interviewed Jodi, the author of the new book, "The Obamas" and Soledad was interrupting so much and trying hard to make the book say what it does not say. I suppose Soledad's job is to create controversy out of nothing. I am surprised at Soledad and I am surprised that Jodi did not walk out due to how she and her book were treated. What an unfair hatchet job Soledad tried for.

    Soledad, I thought better of you. This morning you were a complete jerk! You tried to put Jodi down for not having interviewed the Obama's recently, and you could not get off that line, repeating it too much. Please go back to being the good and honest reporter that I know you were and cut the nonsense that you demonstrated this morning. You don't have to baby the person you interview, but you must stick with the truth and the facts, not your suppositions or interpretations generated and spoken just for the sake of controversy and sensationalism.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • Canonfodder

      I just had another thought. Soledad, are you trying to get a job with Fox? Sounded like you were trying to show how your skills would fit in there. Sad.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • Kylie

        Posted on Haha, Sarah, you're hilarious and I love it! Honestly, it doesn't even matetr that they leave my name out when all the cool kids on the internet mention me! We know who has more street cred!XOXOFelicia

        May 20, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  23. wastelandpast

    1st lady, 1ST LADY???? WHAT!!! I flush nicer, smarter, good looking things down the john, The only thing she is 1st to is the dinner table, and the desert table or on air force 1 for another vacation...

    January 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Dejavu39

      Your post deserves to be thrown in the cyber waste basket. What a disgusting way to speak of a vibrant, intelligent, caring and compassionate First Lady, who happens not to fit your color chart.

      January 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
      • wastelandpast

        Take your vibrant, intelligent, caring and compassionate sorry 2nd buzzard and stick her up your waste basket.....

        January 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  24. george of the jungle

    1 free world You answer with all this drivel . the story was about the first lady you moron. She is a class act, if you are blaming all this stuff you wrote on her you are crazy If you are blaming it on the president or the democratic pqrty then that has nothing to do with this artical and any artical written is just a sounding board for you repo nuts to make inacurate statements and nasty comments . Get over it read some real news so you can make accurate intellegent comments or just go back to the faux news network.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:47 am |
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