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What Does Michelle Obama Really Want?

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Posted on September 17 2010 11:00 am

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Carla Bruni, French President Sarkozy’s femme fatale wife, better watch her back.

Apparently, in her newly released book, she quotes our dancing queen, Michelle Obama, saying she “can’t stand” being the first lady and she’s “in hell.” Doesn’t  Bruni know Michelle’s from Chicago’s southside ? She  may not take kindly to having her private utterances in print. The last thing Mrs. Obama needs right now – with the poverty rate the highest since 1959, her husband’s popularity gone with the wind, and August foreclosures off the charts – is a tell-all book.

The pressure might be too much for both women. Bruni reports that hubby’s one term as president of France “will be enough.”  Michelle might be behind her own husband’s statement to Diane Sawyer on  January 25, 2010 when he said ‘I’d rather  be a really good one-term President.” By that time, one year after the historic inauguration speech, with cloudy skies on the horizon, Michelle probably felt the first pangs of regret. The Prez did tell Larry King in a 2006 interview that Michelle is “his life partner” and “we make decisions together.” Does she want out?

Who knows if she thought the perks of the office would outweigh the responsibilities.

Dubbed ‘Barack’s Rock’ in a February 2008 Newsweek profile the author introduces Michelle as a gung-ho wife, mother and political animal.

From the beginning of the campaign, Michelle made it clear to her husband that she would give the effort her all. “We need to be in there now, while we’re still fresh and open and fearless and bold” (she told Vanity Fair last December.)

David Axelrod, then President Obama’s senior strategist, knew exactly where the Mrs. was coming from back in ’08:

She didn’t want Barack to launch some kind of empty effort here.

Michelle proved she was a formidable campaigner. Early on, when the team worried that Obama might not appeal to southern black voters, the first lady told a senior adviser:

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