Tell-All Rumor: Is Michelle Obama Keeping All Women From Barack, Including Oprah?

May 14, 2012  |  

There’s another tell-all in the works about the Obamas, and though this isn’t the first time an author tried to blow the lid on the couple’s model image and their dealings in the White House,  The Amateur, by former New York Times Magazine editor Edward Klein, appears to air a little dirty laundry about some unsuspecting characters.

The New York Post just published two excepts from the upcoming book. The first delves into President Obama’s relationship with controversial preacher Jeremiah Wright, but the more interesting of the two is one about Michelle Obama and her desire to make sure Barack remains faithful during his presidency. The book says:

“Michelle makes it clear to her inner circle, and this certainly includes Valerie [Jarrett], that she wants women around Barack watched and wants info about who he has an eye for and gets touchy with,” this person continued. ‘The thing is, she knows, like everybody, about JFK’s shenanigans, and she thinks, hey, JFK was young and good looking like my guy.”

It’s not just temptresses that Michelle is worried about either. She supposedly has a particular beef with Oprah and doesn’t think Barack needs to align himself with the media mogul so much. Michelle was quoted as telling her staff:

“Oprah only wants to cash in, using the White House as a backdrop for her show to perk up her ratings. Oprah, with her yo-yo dieting and huge girth, is a terrible role model. Kids will look at Oprah, who’s rich and famous and huge, and figure it’s OK to be fat.”

Oprah supposedly went through the roof when she heard about Michelle’s remarks but:

“As far as Michelle was concerned, Oprah’s billions and her elite lifestyle disqualified her as an adviser to Barack, who had no truck with wealthy people, except as a source of campaign contributions, and was a redistributionist at heart.”

The book also tries to paint the first lady as a jealous woman who’s less concerned about Oprah’s fame and more worried about her potentially having some ulterior motives.

“Michelle is furious that her husband makes late-night calls to Oprah, seeking ideas on how to improve his sinking popularity,” the source told me. “Michelle thinks he should turn to her, not Oprah, for that kind of advice. What’s more, Michelle suspects that at one point Oprah secretly encouraged Hillary to consider a run against Barack in the 2012 Democratic primaries.

The source added that “Barack just laughs at the idea and so does Oprah. But Michelle still believes Oprah has been getting too close to Hillary, whom Michelle calls ‘a snake.’ ”

So far it’s hard to tell whether this book will be more harmful than Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas or whether this is all just harmless gossip, but if I was Michelle, I wouldn’t want any women getting to close to Barack either. Oprah though? I can’t say.
Do you think there’s any truth to the stories in this book or is it all fake gossip?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Tee9cyme

    This is all nonsense! read it three times and still didn’t make sense to me!! 

  • Tiffany Howard

    Gossip gossip and more gossip. Next….

  • Finally you have to observe and accept Powerful women who happen to be Black and in the lead without any contest.

  • This blog is of NO concern. We are in an Election year and  that is right around the corner. Scandal about taxes, jobs, or education is real news. Nobody knew who Barack was until OPRAH put him on the map infront of the world.  I don’t think someone like Oprah needs Barack, or Michelle to promote herself, she is her OWN PR.  She has made Dr. OZ, Dr Phil, and Suzie Orman famous with her recommends along with countless other celebrities… This is a Crock of BS!

  • People need to stop running there mouth, mine your own business.

  • Obama Supporter!

    Agreed…bullshit and why come out with the book right before the 2012 election (it is obvious).

  • Very disappointed in Madame noire, why cover this story all the decent blogs are ignoring it. This book is written by an Obama hating racist and you should do better and not cover this trash.

  • Me

    I mean … I wouldn’t be shocked. She may be classy and educated but she’s still human at the end of the day. I am sure she has the same thoughts we all do in relationships. He is very handsome and charming so you  know chicks are gonna try him. Keep in mind a similar thing was said when Kerry Washington was doing research the role she has on Scandal. They said the first lady made it clear she didn’t want her around her man too much. *Shrugs* Like most things I am sure it’s somewhere in the middle. I still love her regardless! lol

  • Ay

    Why would it be so far-fetched? Barack is the president and women are attracted to power. I wouldn’t blame Michelle either. Oprah is as opportunistic as the Obamas themselves so *kanye shrug*

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  • Sophie

    i abhor the way the media blows up black women being catty… michelle is a married woman and entitled to wanting a faithful husband. i think the remarks if they are true are wrong about Oprah and being ok to be fat… but as far as wanting to keep her life from being ruined by a public disaster you can’t knock her for being a human and needing privacy.

  • CA Pullen

    I don’t believe it at all.  This is such a shame how these mainstream people are trying and working overtime to make black women look like that they cannot get along with each other.  They are trying to get paid off somebody’s name.  Most of his info probably come from unreliable second hand source.   I will not be buying this ignornance.

  • Jayy Bird

    I Agree Pure None Sense!!

  • SweetT

    Bull. Sh!t.