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.

What do you think of Michelle Obama’s words?

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  • fuchsia

    I think I am more attuned to what is being said about FLOTUS because I am a black women. I think that the negativity comes partly because she is a Democrat and partly because she is Black. I believe that the Republican Party is flat out racist so they have no problem taking double jabs at her whenever they have the chance.

    I think she handled the interview well and was honest. I love Gayle and Michelle so it was nice to see them in an interview together, even though Gayle couldn’t be as objective as just another journalist.

    On the topic of Angry Black Woman I don’t think she would have been so candid about that had it been another journalist (white), and maybe wouldn’t even have commented on the book they were discussing, but because she trusted Gayle she was fully responsive.

    • Fed Up

      Tthe most angry, sneaky, hateful women in the world are White, Ameican women. No one addresses them. No one blames or accuses them. They can even committ murder and no one takes issue with these White women. I am a little disappointed that Mrs. Obama addressed the ABW issue. I wish she would have ignored it, but now she is helping a White woman sell her book.