Update: There seems to be more coming,we are told that Michelle didn’t like how the Irish Catholics (Daley!) ran Chicago city hall when she worked there in 1991 and 1992. Wonder if there is any connection to the release of Kantor’s book and today’s abrupt departure of Daley from the White House. It gets curiouser and curiouser doesn’t it?
Watch for the White House blowback to continue against author Jodi Kantor whose book, ‘The Obama’s, comes out tomorrow. (I wrote about it here on Saturday)
If you were busy with football yesterday (go Tebow!), you might have missed the second big story that came out in advance of the book launch tomorrow—-the news about the lavish 2009 White House Halloween Party that Kantor claims was kept secret from the public. By the way, check out Kantor’s wikipedia page, it sure doesn’t sound like she is some anti-Obama right-winger by any stretch. But, that might be why the White House is in damage-control mode about the book. They deny the party was secret.
Fox News on the story:
The White House is pushing back against claims from a new tell-all book that staff kept an extravagant, Hollywood-created Halloween Party under wraps due to fear it would create imaging problems.
In her new book, “The Obamas,” author Jodi Kantor wrote that the White House was more than just a little concerned about the way the costume party would affect the public’s perceptions.
“White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywoodesque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly, and Burton and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged.”
The event, so over the top that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas loaned out the original Chewbacca costume from the legendary film for an unknown participant to wear, was covered by a front event for the press in which the first couple handed out candy to trick or treaters. The president did not don a costume to that event, but first lady Michelle Obama wore a leopard-print sweater, cat ears and sparkly eye makeup.
Besides the lavish lifestyle issues reported by Kantor, the book promises to be a fascinating read all around!
“The advisers could feel hopelessly caught between husband and wife. The Obama marriage was awkward for everyone: for the aides, for the president … and for the first lady.”
Awkward for the first lady? I wonder if the book mentions Obama’s ‘body man’ Reggie Love, hmmm! LOL! Maybe Reggie was in the Chewbacca suit!