Say What? Bruni Book Says Michelle Called First Lady Job 'Hell'
12:20 PM, Sep 16, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Last month, everyone was wondering if the First Lady, whose approval numbers are higher than Obama's at 66 percent, would take to the campaign trail for Democrats. That popularity has been the work of 18 months of carefully crafted messages and feel-good issues.
But going out on the trail, experts warned, would raise the specter of an '08-style Michelle Obama misstep like, "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm proud of my country." It was that gaffe from which she's been recovering for two years.
Now, she's the subject of another controversy, but not one of her own making. The new quote, bannered at Drudge today, comes from French First Lady Carla Bruni's book, "Carla and the Ambitious."
I'm giving Obama the benefit of the doubt on this one, as it seems like a very strange thing to say to another world leader's wife, and the dishing of the conversation makes me think the book is some sort of gossipy tell-all whose contents should be taken with a salt lick.
"Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy distances herself completely from the contents of the book."
Since she wrote it, I'm not sure how she's able to do that, but nonetheless.