The Real Michelle Obama?

New book takes a look into the marriage of the president and first lady.
1:59 | 01/08/12

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Morning we're getting some fascinating insight into the Obama White House specifically. The role of the First Lady who according to a new book is flexing her muscles -- some rather interesting ways here's ABC's David Curley. Michelle Obama -- journey has been a reluctant one according to the new book the Obama's. From contemplating delaying her arrival at the White House for months to bristling at the confinement and obligations of being First Lady the author wrote in the New York Times -- Time for anyone that coming into. The White House and to this new level of -- public scrutiny to be comfortable with the -- limitations. Are on their life now. We have seen mrs. Obama sneak out to shop but she told ABC's Barbara Walters last month she's comfortable. There is -- perception out there that I feel confined are trapped in in some way that couldn't be further from the truth. The book suggests her early insecurity about her place in the White House well off to the point that she has become an unrecognized. Force behind the scenes. Examples 2010 the First Lady felt the president's advisors including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel -- too insular and not strategic enough. She thought her husband needed a new team. Michelle Obama is a very Smart lawyer who. Will you would expect to be involved in her husband's administration and not sitting around -- into the -- The most explosive passage involves a verbal explosion by former press secretary Robert Gibbs. When he was criticized for its effort to try and tamp down a story that mrs. Obama reportedly told the French First Lady that living in the White House is help. In a meeting gives reportedly -- the First Lady. It's -- -- best. For the staff to recognize that it is not wise to ignore the president's spouse. Now preparing for a campaign mrs. -- it seems ready to be a force I feel. Very blessed time in in this role.

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