Posted by: Ann Corcoran | May 14, 2012

New book on Obama—The Amateur—is out today

Is Valerie Jarrett the Rasputin of the Obama White House?

I can’t wait for Edward Klein’s The Amateur to arrive on my kindle today!   Apparently the long-knives in the media are already out to diminish sales of another in a line of books about the inner workings of the Obama White House and this time they have set out to destroy sales (by destroying Klein, google him and see what I mean) in advance of the book instead of waiting as they did with Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas to destroy Kantor after the book was released.

Kantor, as I wrote here previously, did a pretty fine job of telling us about Valerie (Rasputin) Jarrett, and Klein appears to pick up the theme in The Amateur as this excerpt at the New York Post yesterday tells us.

Not long ago Rush Limbaugh mentioned how Oprah’s TV show was destroyed as ratings plummeted after she endorsed Obama early in his Presidential campaign.  I never watched Oprah, but I heard from family and friends that she was someone that most women appreciated until she ‘got political’ on them.   I had also wondered why after that initial endorsement hoop-la and the Obamas moved into the White House we didn’t see much of the Obamas with Oprah.  Klein tells us why in this excerpt entitled, ‘Michelle Obama’s ‘jealousy’ and ‘resentment’ led to rift with Oprah’:

Shortly after the 2008 presidential election, Oprah Winfrey traveled to Washington, DC, to nail down an interview for O, The Oprah Magazine with Michelle Obama. Oprah expected the president-elect and his wife to give her a reception fit for visiting royalty, and for the occasion, she took along Gayle King, the magazine’s editor-at-large and her constant companion.

More than a year and a half had passed since Oprah announced that she was throwing her support behind Barack Obama in his primary race against Hillary Clinton. The endorsement had represented a calculated risk for the queen of daytime television. It was one thing for her to recommend a book or launch the career of Dr. Phil, but it was quite another for her to back a political candidate.

As it turned out, a sizable chunk of her audience took offense and stopped watching her show.


Two economists at the University of Maryland, College Park, estimated that Oprah’s endorsement netted Obama 1,015,559 votes and decided the primary election.

She helped him get elected, but, according to Klein, the trouble began for Oprah before the Obama’s even moved into the White House.

LOL! You can take the girls out of high school but you can’t take high school out of the cool girls:

OPRAH had tried to ignore the ominous change in tone coming from the Obama transition team. As Barack Obama’s inauguration drew near, Oprah’s calls to Michelle went unreturned.


It soon became apparent that something had gone wrong between Oprah and the new administration — or, more precisely, between Oprah and Michelle Obama.

The problem seemed to originate from two of Michelle’s advisers, Valerie Jarrett and Desirée Rogers, the new White House social secretary. They resented Oprah’s meddling in their bailiwick.


As the person who controlled access to the first couple, Valerie Jarrett saw Oprah as a potential threat to her power. If Oprah went unchecked, she would bypass Valerie and go directly to the president and first lady. What good was it being the gatekeeper if you couldn’t lock the gate when you wanted? And so Valerie set about turning Michelle against Oprah. Oprah was too close to the president . . . Oprah was acting like she was the first lady . . . Oprah didn’t know her place . . . Oprah was a bad influence . . . Valerie advised Michelle to “distance herself” from Oprah and cut her out of the White House inner circle.

Oprah is too rich (and too fat!) for Michelle!

As far as Michelle was concerned, Oprah’s billions and her elite lifestyle disqualified her as an adviser to Barack, who had no truck with wealthy people, except as a source of campaign contributions….


“Oprah only wants to cash in, using the White House as a backdrop for her show to perk up her ratings,” Michelle was quoted as telling her staff. “Oprah, with her yo-yo dieting and huge girth, is a terrible role model. Kids will look at Oprah, who’s rich and famous and huge, and figure it’s OK to be fat.”


“Michelle makes it clear to her inner circle, and this certainly includes Valerie, that she wants women around Barack watched and wants info about who he has an eye for and gets touchy with,” this person continued. “The thing is, she knows, like everybody, about JFK’s shenanigans, and she thinks, hey, JFK was young and good looking like my guy.

Read it all, here!

Update May 15th:  There is a good article by Ed Lasky at American Thinker about The Amateur, here.   I see very little this morning about the book except HuffPo having a hissy-fit over some quote Klein apparently took from a Huff Po story three years ago.   I’m enjoying the book and will have more to say later!


  1. I haven’t read the book, but I notice that conservatives have two, contradictory explanations for Obama. He cannot be both a) an evil mastermind bent on the destruction of a Constitutional America, and b) an incompetent amateur surrounded by sycophants, at the same time.

    I have to admit that I haven’t made up my OWN mind on which he is.

    • Paul, I know just what you mean! I got the book today and have started to read it. I’m not sure “amateur” is the best choice for a title here—narcissist might be a better word to describe what I’ve read so far. The only thing I’ve decided (from all I have read) is that he is a creep and megalomaniac who has managed to sucker an awful lot of people (not unlike others in history who shall remain unnamed).

  2. […] living under a bridge in Indianapolis), I couldn’t pass this one by because I’ve called Jarrett the “Rasputin” of the Obama Administration and have many posts, click here, on who she is and how she […]

  3. […] Potomac Tea Party Report I’ve called Jarrett the “Rasputin” of the Obama Administration and have many posts, click here, on who she is and how she […]

  4. […] Well, John Fund has a fun piece at National Review Online in which he says the snark was not seriously investigated until it hit very close to home by attacking Valerie Jarrett.   Fund tells us that some on the Hill say that Jarrett is Obama’s “Rasputin” something we said way back in May of 2012. […]

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