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Michelle’s Role Goes Way Beyond Nutrition

by Keith Koffler on January 7, 2012, 11:15 am

Michelle Obama is a major force within the White House who appears to have successfully advocated for critical changes in staff and policy within the West Wing, according to a book that will be released Tuesday.

“The Obamas” by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor relies on extensive interviews with current and former White House advisers – though not the Obamas themselves – and appears to have within its pages a rich amount of insider detail about power struggles in the West Wing.

The book helps explain to me one of the likely causes of something I never fully understood – the departure from the White House of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. And it makes clear that even if the chance to become mayor of Chicago never came up, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was on the way out the door, which was kindly being held for him by the first lady.

Michelle, according to the book, was a key enforcer of liberal orthodoxy, reminding the more politically minded staff of the principles underlying Barack Obama.

For months, it had been rumored that Gibbs, a longtime and trusted aide to President Obama, would ascend to a higher position within the White House. It’s clear from the book that his rocky relationship with the first lady and blistering butting of heads with senior West Wing adviser Valerie Jarrett made this impossible.

From a New York Times preview piece on the book:

Early on Sept. 16, Robert Gibbs was scanning the news when a story stopped him short: according to a new French book, Michelle Obama had told Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French first lady, that living in the White House was “hell.” It was a potential disaster — the equivalent of the $400 haircut, Mr. Gibbs feared, coming just weeks before election day and on the heels of a vacation in Spain that had drawn accusations of lavish spending.

Mr. Gibbs asked her aides to find out if she had said anything even close (no, the answer came back), and then fought the story back for hours, having the book translated and convincing the Élysée Palace to issue a denial. By noon the potential crisis had been averted.

But at Mr. Emanuel’s 7:30 a.m. staff meeting the next day, Ms. Jarrett announced that the first lady had concerns about the White House’s response to the book, according to several people present. All eyes turned to Mr. Gibbs, who started to steam.

“Don’t go there, Robert, don’t do it,” Mr. Emanuel warned.

“That’s not right, I’ve been killing myself on this, where’s this coming from?” Mr. Gibbs yelled, adding expletives. He interrogated Ms. Jarrett, whose calm only seemed to frustrate him more. The two went back and forth, Ms. Jarrett unruffled, Mr. Gibbs shaking with rage. Finally, several staff members said, Mr. Gibbs cursed the first lady — colleagues stared down at the table, shocked — and stormed out.

Mr. Gibbs later acknowledged the outburst but said he had misdirected his rage and accused Ms. Jarrett of making up the complaint. After the book incident, he “stopped taking her at all seriously as an adviser to the president,” Mr. Gibbs said, adding, “Her viewpoint in advising the president is that she has to be up and the rest of the White House has to be down.”

Ms. Jarrett declined to discuss the incident; two East Wing aides said she had misspoken, and that Mrs. Obama had not made any criticism.

Looks like ValJar got the reaction she wanted out of Gibbs.

Gibbs was also the chief advocate for scaling back the first lady’s lavish lifestyle, a role that must have rankled her deeply and that appears to have little impact given her  . . . lavish lifestyle.

But her husband’s advisers — in particular, Mr. Gibbs — were worried that the White House might appear oblivious to public anger about joblessness, banker bailouts and bonuses. The result was constant, anxious give-and-take between the East and West Wings about vacations, décor, entertainment, even matters as small as whether to announce the hiring of a new florist.

“We all have watched what happens when people get caricatured,” Mr. Gibbs said in an interview, explaining why he policed such personal matters. With a mistake like John Edwards’s $400 haircut in 2007, “there’s no way to correct that.” Other aides said there was a reason Mr. Gibbs became the main enforcer of the rules of political life: because Mr. Obama, all too aware that his wife never wanted that life, would not.

Michelle was perhaps the most crucial voice countering Rahm’s position that the White House should back away from trying to pass the entire health reform law negotiate a smaller bill following the victory of Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race.

From an article by Huffington Post White House reporter Sam Stein, who seems to have purloined an early copy of the book.

When the whole enterprise seemed to have fallen apart, following the election of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, the first lady was furious. Instead of letting her husband down easy, which top staff hoped she would do, she lit into him.

“She feels as if our rudder isn’t set right,” the president told his aides. “They had the sense that was not the actual language she had used.”

Kantor writes, “To her, the Scott Brown victory provided grim evidence for what she had been saying for months, in some cases years: [her husband] had been leaning on the same tight group of insular, disorganized advisers for too long; they were not careful planners who looked out for worst-case scenarios.”

Emanuel, naturally, had a different read. And according to “The Obamas,” he was indignant about how the first lady handled the Brown victory. “Emanuel hated it when people criticized the administration from lofty perches,” writes Kantor. “More fundamentally, the chief of staff was trying to convince the president to scale back his health care efforts, but the first lady wanted him to push forward. Emanuel wanted to win by the standard measures of presidential success: legislative victories, poll numbers. Michelle Obama had more persona criteria: Was her husband fulfilling their mission?”

In the end, Michelle Obama would win that fight. After several days of reflection, the president would push again for Congress to pass the full health care reform bill. And while he ultimately would succeed, the battles took their tolls.

“Barack Obama had made a choice in the contest of the worldviews that surrounded him, between his chief of staff’s point of view and his wife’s,” Kantor writes. “His decision to pursue the health care overhaul later seemed to mark the beginning of the end of Emanuel’s tenure in the White House.”

And Rahm, it seems, is just as much a foul-mouthed bully as his reputation suggests. From the book, by way of Politico: a furious Rahm tries to find out who leaked a memo:

“Just because someone wants to put their dick on the table, we have to deal with this!” he yelled, eyeing (Political Director Patrick) Gaspard, who he clearly thought was the culprit. Gibbs, who had approved the leak, said nothing. Emanuel was still screaming at his morning meeting the next day . . .

In his slight Haitian accent, Gaspard talked back. “Respectfully, we’re not the DCCC, there’s but so much we can do,” he said. “We don’t want to own this.” Rahm became volcanic again, screaming about the memo. Gaspard said he had written the memo but not leaked it; Emanuel told him he didn’t believe him, and launched into another round of swearing. Again, Gibbs did not acknowledge his role.

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Star January 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

When I was first trying to figure out who the heck Obama was and why he got that 2004 speech and who was behind him, I read that the advisers were trying to downplay HER–bec she was “too sarcastic.” Fast forward…now we are being “ruled” by a free spending lawyer with no license anymore and whose experience was a make-work high paying job turfing uninsured patients out of a hospital. Neato torpedo. Oh–and she pretends to garden.

bettyann January 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm

“….and she pretends to garden.”

AHAHAHA!! That one always cracks me up. Any real gardener looks at her “gardening pictures” and laughs all day.

daisyduck January 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

whaaaa? i ALWAYS wear designer clothes and expensive boots when I garden.

Mark Davis, MD January 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Back stabbing staff, former friends and lackeys have contributed to a book that energizes hatreds in the right and those who simply do not like the Obamas. Revealing the inner workings of the White House social scene may garner book sales but it begs the question does Obama really have any friends, or are those empowered by him just waiting to cash in. Society has fallen to the point where parents cash in on their children, wives/girlfiends write tell all books about their former flames and Presidents’ privacy is given up for the almighty buck. Conservatism will eventually infect the entire nation, but at what price. Mark Davis President of Healthnets Review Services

gobnait January 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

It’s telling that obama’s sycophants are repeatedly ‘forced’ to defend every misguided remark and embarrassing gaffe, explain every untoward remark and label every criticism of this statist couple as ‘hate’ or bigotry. Newsflash, Dr. Davis- some of us really do have concerns with the damage they are doing to this country with their statist policies and it has NOTHING to do with the color of their skin or how we feel about them as human beings. Their imperious attitude and professorial tone do little to endear them to we grown-ups who don’t care to be lectured to like children by our public servants. They are not royalty, they are our employees.

Mark Davis, MD January 12, 2012 at 12:10 am

Point well taken. My belief is there exists a profound traumatic fault line that runs through the Obama’s innate to their personalities. Their combined hatreds surface in the way they manage the White House, which is completely unbecoming for a sitting president. This behavior is more than imperious, it has the mark of schizophrenia. They state one thing and do something completely the opposite. This is exemplified in Mrs.Obama’s crusade to reduce obesity in America, yet she eats unhealthy. Or Mr. Obama’s class warfare rhetoric, yet he gravitates to the rich, celeb or notorious in society. Perhaps those running for these high offices should have psychological profiles performed before they are eligible to move forward. Mark Davis, author of Demons of Democracy.

Car in January 8, 2012 at 7:47 am

As an avid gardener – honestly, her little lectures on gardening are insulting. I

DeniseVB January 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

And I bet your garden isn’t tended by the National Parks Service !

Star January 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

Or is so full of weird grass-growing chemicals from the former lawn that it’s almost a Super Fund site.

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

Secret runs to Whole Foods to buy organic picture perfect veg
to put in garden before the pretend harvest:)

Mark Holbrook January 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

All this also confirms another key point…Gibbs was a genuine weasel!

Mrs Compton January 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

So we have her to thank for Obamacare?

Keith Koffler January 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Seems so.

Old Timer January 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Reminds me of the song “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets” from the 1950′s musical “Damn Yankees”

Shofar January 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I was thinking more like Elton John’s “The Bitch Is Back.”

Not one spine in that entire WH, especially the President.

DeniseVB January 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

We know even less about Michelle’s background than we do her husband’s.

Both gifted with great educations and opportunities, totally wasted. Here’s some dishy stuff from a conservative viewpoint, but well sourced.

Whoisjohngalt January 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I was wondering if someone else found this little gem. The Christmas Law firm office party story told about the future Mrs. O is quite on the mark. Thank you fellow reader!

AFVET January 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

They took her off the campaign trail in 2008.
No wonder the man’s hair turned gray.
No wonder why they travel separately.
Hilliary Clinton was also accused of having a nasty attitude.

Chas January 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Guess we know who wears the pants in the White House now.

Star January 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

…the hangie downies?

cheryl January 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I don’t typically read biographies of people I don’t like..I’ll make an exception here. There will be more tell all books and I can’t wait to read the play by play after the fact. I’m sure they will provide the confirmation we’ve always know about this dysfunctional “couple.”

cheryl January 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I do hope Barry and his adiminstration takes her advice on everything…give them enough rope – she’ll hang them all.

Knothead January 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Well said my fellow scribe

Wigglesworth January 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Has Moochelle ever been successful in a real job? I recall she was given a no-show 300k/yr job as a political favor. Anything else? Hillary wasn’t much better. Her career took off after Bill used his connections as governor to get her a job at a law firm. She never did any real work in court. Mostly writings and politically related advocacy. Bill was elected President then of course opens the door for Hillary to later become a politician on the national stage.

Lizzy January 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I said all along Obama doesn’t go to the men’s room without permission from
that dreadful excuse for a FLOTUS. She’s a woman who would throw her own
husband under the bus to get what she wants and notice she always gets
what she wants. He scared to death of her and it shows.

Star January 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I don’t think he’s scared of her–he picked her, he probably lets her take the heat.

lc southern January 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I think a little of both. She could ruin him with a tell all and he is not very masculine.

Lizzy January 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm

He’s like the old SNL skit. ‘girly man mom jeans and all:)

Star January 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Speaking of Hillary–one of my favorite First Lady stories was her screaming at him outside Blair House calling him a “dumb m-ffer.” This was in the WashPost at the time.

bettyann January 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Star – so low class, she’s so trashy it makes me sick. My husband makes me crazy at times, but even in the privacy of our home I would never even call him DUMMY!

Aunty M January 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

HUMMMM! Today I received at least 15 or more posts from you and all were identical. Help!

Star January 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

From who? Me? What is this?

Lizzy January 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm

A shrink would most likely say she’s a replacement for his mother. He
gets the things he never got from his mother tough love I guess I still
think he fears her as he is unable or unwilling to rein her spending or
anything else she does in line.

Mrs Compton January 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I don’t think he really picked her, if the stories of his being on the down-low are true then it was an arranged marriage by rev wright, gay men were provided women who were un-marriageable because of their nasty attitudes. This way they both are more “readily acceptable by society.”

Star January 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

You’re covering a lot of ground in that one, Mrs C.

Mrs Compton January 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I read it some where. :) On the internet, must be true!

Chuck Thomas January 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Star, do some surfing around the site. Founded by a gay man, Chicago resident, former Hillary campaign worker, who rounded the corner and saw the demoncrats for what they are. He has tons of stuff there about BHO’s past and the down-low relationship with MRO.

Frankly, the antics described by the forthcoming book, sound pretty consistent with the “relationship” these too grifters share. She’s the boss, he is the front man. Although, I use the term man liberally. Geez, the puns just keep coming.

Star January 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

He is still front and center for me–in charge, accountable, and creepy, flawed, and dishonest.

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

And those are his good points:)

MichelleIndependent January 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Voodoo Granny, Sinecure Queen Michelle the Mooch, and Slumlord Valjar
are running the show while Barry watches ESPN.

Lanie January 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I remember reading her thesis shortly after the people were given access to it and thought not only is she a racist but an eighth-grader could have written a better one.

Star January 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm

You can never find an eighth grader when you need one.

DeniseVB January 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Try reading the transcripts of her speeches, painful. :(

Star January 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

I did read a clip from her thesis–and I must say she has the run-on sentence locked down.

HollyW January 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

According to the Daily Rash, after Obama publicly lashed out at the First Lady for her “unsightly panty lines” her wrath was devastating.

Star January 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I like the title Daily Rash–can relate, ew. What I don’t get is why they persist in pecking at each other on a certain subject–don’t they get bored and find a new subject? Come on–we all know sane people get sick of the same old stuff.

Star January 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Look at us over here–this is a target-rich environment–we always find new stuff.

Star January 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Also–these two live together, right? How come they never see what the other one has on–you time?

Robin January 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

That’s a farce, right? Like the Onion? Oh, please tell me it isn’t real.

DeniseVB January 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Wasn’t it obvious that the article is quoting SS and military? LOL, it had me going til I got to Stan “The Man” Gurgles ;)

Robin H January 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I’m almost afraid to assume anything is farce nowadays. It’s getting harder to tell fiction from reality.:)

DeniseVB January 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I understand :) One way I learned to tell the difference between parody and MSM, the parody sites use “real” names.

Aunty M January 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

No wonder the first lady likes being called “excellency”! She can’t get enough of it. I find it difficult to refer to her as “first lady”!

Mrs Compton January 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Me too, she’s more like the Worst Lady.

Star January 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Is this “excellency” stuff true? My father ordered us to call him Father Sir, but I don’t recall ever doing it.

Anonna January 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Recently The Wife appeared on the tv show, iCarly. In th script one of the characters calls MoochMORE “your excellency” and is corrected by another character. Michelle Anotinette replies, “I kinda like it.”

The tv show had the theme of one character being upset because her dad’s deployment was extended, so MoochMORE shows up to tell us all again how we should feel about military families.

The whole thing a huge set up– though it was reported as The Wife “unexpectedly dropping in” on the iCarly filming.

Yeah, right.

Anonna January 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

She may be first, but she’ll never be a lady.

Knothead January 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Be nice, you are being Attack Watched.

Star January 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

Always assumed.

girly1 January 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm

From all accounts, the woman is a harridan! She was pulled off the campaign trail because of her abrasive personality. Her staff turnover is unprecedented. Her offensive campaign speeches have been scrubbed from the net. Many pre-election photos have been deleted by photobucket. The woman is a holy terror!!!

Obama is a jellyfish! If he can’t control his loud-mouthed wife….how can he run this country??? Interestingly, Obama appears to have given the MOOCH much more visibility and power of late – – he rarely leaves home without her! After her extensive cosmetic overhaul, he now refers to her as ‘cute – a sure sign that he has lost his mind! Sounds like they are getting ready for the next chapter – the first woman President – and a black one to boot! Move over, Hillary!

Lizzy January 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

There has been an outbreak of overt hand holding the likes of which I
have never seen before….ick! It’s so staged and fake the more affection
shown in public the worse things are at home.

Star January 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

You can bank that one, girl!

Lizzy January 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Wonder how much we pay-per-view for hand holding? And you
know we pay big time for faking it at special occassions like the
most recent visit to The Arizona Memorial. After ll remember the remark ‘all this for a flag’?

Susan January 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Heard they yanked her off the campaign trail after she was a little too honest about Obama’s intentions in her Puerto Rico speech.

Keith Koffler January 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

Wow. Quite and agenda.

Anonna January 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

When The One and The Wife were on one of their extended foreign tours, Obama signed his name in some book — large signature, flourishes everywhere, in the center of the page.

MoochMORE rammed her signature’s start down into the gutter of the book so that she could place it in front of Buh-rock’s and on the same line.

I thought at the same time that it was an example of her anger over not being the center of power and attention — she was ONLY FLOTUS to his POTUS.

It looks as if she really has been POTUS all along. This is why we have had the disgusting parade of her appearances everywhere — she craves the attention that she feels she deserves. She is the real President, or at least the one making decisions, so she’ll fly where she wants to when she wants to and the little people can pay the bills.

Lizzy January 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I was scared before now I am under my bed with rosary beads.

Star January 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

Do you need a hug?

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

More like divine intervention. Seriously don’t know when I have had
such a monumental dislike for two people in my life and that includes
both my ex-husbands!

Mrs Compton January 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm

That was in London, not sure where it happened tho. Real piece of work, those two.

Mrs Compton January 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm
DeniseVB January 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I remember that. He screwed up the Royal Toast too ;)

Mrs Compton January 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

We were just in London and took a tour of Buckingham Palace. They set up the tour like a visiting dignitary. The docent then went on to explain all the steps our president would take visiting the queen… she kept repeating Bush’s name!!!! Never once did she mention ohblowme’s name until we got to the state dining room when she mentioned his ‘ahem’ eloquent speech. DH and I were just loving it! Her disdain for the _resident was electrifying!

Anonna January 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm

LOL — how wonderful!

Boo January 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Know this is paranoid, but what spooks me is the crescent shape in her “O” in Obama. Didn’t look like that in the signature on the Waldorf room service receipt.

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm

They actually have a paid Protocol person on staff but either the
person is an unqualified idiot or they both ignore him/her or both.
You have to be a really big fool or narcissist to screw up that much.

Mark Davis, MD January 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Michelle Obama has two talents. First she feeds off the public dole at a rate faster than any first lady in history. Second she flaunts wealth with a style that would be beneath Marie Antoinette. Those of you who are embarrassed by her actions, you should be. MD

jeff January 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Theres more to this story…See Kieth, you aint the only one who can figure out these Scooby Doo mysteries lol
BTW its worth going to the link for the excellent picture of Michelle as the queen, notice the arms lol…

Susan January 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

That is hilarious and a very good photoshop of the original. I remember when the sycophant press couldn’t write an article about her without bringing up her well-toned arms, and she must have more sleeveless clothing in her closet than Imelda Marcos had shoes. The race card has expired on these grifters.

jeff January 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thank you for vindicating describing them as grifters..I was attacked big time for saying that on the NYT article:)

cheryl January 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I’m waiting for Obama to get caught diddling with another woman…

DeniseVB January 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Google Vera Baker ;)

Susan January 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Heard a lot of buzz last year about a Vera Baker. Thought it was planted to silence the rumors of his gayness, but who knows…

DeniseVB January 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I think the Vera story was debunked as merely a “flirty” situation and Michelle would have nonoe of that. NONE OF THAT !

What’s mysterious, Baker was a top fundraiser for the DNC, especially for minority candidates, then WHOOSH, she moves to the Carribean “to start a new life”. I was a Dem long enough to know, the DNC would never let her go.

anneinarkansas January 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Moochelle must be as mean as she looks.
Valerie Jarret is Bam’s Brain….ewww!
Clean out our Peoples’ House in 2012.

Mrs Compton January 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

You know those people you bring into a crime scene to clean up the dead bodies and blood on the walls? We’re gonna new a whole crew of em.

sportinlife10 January 8, 2012 at 7:18 am

So one way or another, the o’s Triumvirate is gone from Pennsylvania Avenue: Gibbs, Rahm, Axelrod.
So we have TWO shadow Presidents: Jarret and MOOch?

Susan January 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

To go along with our shadow government made up of a multitude of czars who are unelected and mostly unconfirmed by the Senate. When was the last time he met with his cabinet?

Mrs Compton January 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

Steaming here, absolutely steaming! Their little ‘salons’ have pissed the crap out of me, too. The fact we hear nothing about their entertaining makes my blood boil. I hope more and more of the tabloids will put this stuff out there, we need the whole last three years to be shoved into everyone’s face about what these two have been doing at a time of economic crisis.

Rosie January 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

This is merely a propaganda piece telegraphing to the socialist how Obama plans to govern in a second administration. Michelle is an undisciplined warrior for the left because she is has been seduced by the trappings of wealth and privilege. Obama is in charge and she is a constant irritant to him.

sportinlife10 January 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

…nouveau, both of them.

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

We have a new Czar to party with Bon Jovi he’s appointed to the new
Council for Community Solutions. Yes we can ‘work’ with him and party too!

Star January 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

Solution to what–a lack of 80s rock?

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 11:40 am

Jobs he’s going to help with it lazer like one would guess!

BobbyONJ January 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

It’s obvious that michelle obama hates everything. Yea, yea, yea, I’m a racist.

Star January 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

I am cauc and I hate everything…

BobbyONJ January 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

And I have to say, the posts on this site are insightful, witty, well thought out, polite, etc. I think I found a new “home”. Thank you posters and a Happy New Year to all!

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

We could have a welcome party but all you would get is tap water and
a pack of cheese and crackers:). Sadly we can’t party like HRH Michelle.

Mrs Compton January 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I think I have some left overs to share, DH is going on a biz trip so won’t be needing them this week for lunch.

Welcome to our lovely home on the web, Keith is an excellent host!

AZ Granny January 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Michelle Antoinette would prefer you give your guests tap water and peas instead of cheese and crackers. LOL

Welcome BobbyONJ, this is a wonderful site!

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Oh dear my bad guess cheese would cause our new friend to immediately become obese and not be able to wear sleeveless things:(

AZ Granny January 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Oh Lizzy, I was just kidding about the peas. I think it a lovely gesture to host a party with cheese and crackers. :)

Lizzy January 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

No just my odd humor and lack of sleep:)

Keith Koffler January 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

Easy on the cheese please. It costs more than meat. We do have crackers.

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Boy this really has the ladies who worship Mrs O’s flip flops are in snit, tizzy
and their panties are in a bunch some may do the lemming end right off the cliff. Makes for a giggle to read as does most everything they say about the
most perfectly wonderful beautiful FLOTUS we have ever had ever!:-)

AZ Granny January 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

This is outrageous! BO and MO have no concern for anyone but themselves. Are they still having their weekly Tuesday night soirees? I haven’t heard about any for a long while now.

Susan January 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm

This revelation just goes to show how the press is covering for these grifters. Wouldn’t doubt it if they are still having their weekly parties with Wagyu beef and top shelf adult beverages. Most of the dutiful sycophant press won’t breathe a word about their extravagances until they can write a tell-all book years after the fact. Jodi Kantor is just another self-serving hack who cares more about making a buck than she does about the economic failure of her country.

jeff January 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

The plot thickens…
Book: White House Hosted ‘Wonderland’-Themed Extravagant Hollywood Halloween Bash Before Burton Film Release

Read more:

Lizzy January 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

It’s made it across the pond The Daily Mail is covering it and the book.
Telegraph has article on the book too spread the joy:)

Anonna January 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Keith — why didn’t the White House press pool report this party?

Keith Koffler January 9, 2012 at 11:53 am

I think they reported the party generally but were not brought into the State Dining Room to see what was occurring there. But I’m honestly not sure.

James January 9, 2012 at 1:05 am
Lizzy January 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

I am starting to have a very creepy feeling all this about the book. The
WH response tepid and nothing big from the MSM that carry Obama on everything. Beginning to,think they might be behind this whole thing to get
the base all worked up and it will probably work. If you think about it what did
we find out shocking and new? Nothing.

sportinlife10 January 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

Can anyone fromn the NYT be trusted?

Lizzy January 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

Hardly just a bit fishy not buying it an early October surprise to gin up
the base I think.

Star January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

The MSM does not carry negative stuff. Also–they are busy with the ongoing Giffords fest.

Harry Tuttle January 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

Nice to know that wifey is IN on the con.

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