The First Lady appeared on the new Gayle King’s new show “CBS This Morning” today to dispel some of the claims made in a new book about her family’s time in the White House. “The Obamas,” written by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, includes claims of friction between Michelle Obama and White House staff and has been heavily criticized for its factual accuracy. Addressing some of that controversy, Ms. Obama explained that not only does she consider most of her husband’s staff good friends, but the media portrayal of herself has always been inaccurately skewed.
From CBS News:
“I guess it’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and a strong woman and– you know? But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman.”
Political backlash in 3…2…oh well.
In other parts of the interview, which covers numerous topics, Michelle Obama also discussed her parenting approach in raising two children under the media spotlight that the presidency brings:
“It has been a privilege, from day one. Now, there are challenges with being a mother and trying to keep your kids sane. And I worry a lot about that. I mean, 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. But me, Barack, we’re grown-ups. You know, all the ups and downs, we take it on.”
Watch more of the interview below.