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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