It's hard ducking racial rhetoric when discussing the Obamas, but the notion of "the angry black woman" is something First Lady Michelle Obama wants to dispel. In an interview on CBS This Morning, Mrs. Obama discusses being falsely portrayed as an angry black woman, a myth perpetuated by a recently released biography by Jodi Kantor entitled The Obamas.

Rumors surrounding Mrs. Obama's temperament stem from reports of her arguing with former chief of staff and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel over President Obama's health-care overhaul. But the First Lady shrugged off the allegations. "That’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced,” she said in an interview with CBS News. “That I’m some angry black woman.”

When Mrs. Obama was asked how she deals with an accusation that can be, well, enraging (and therefore kind of self-fulfilling), she responded, "I just try to be me. And my hope is that, over time, people get to know me. And they get to judge me for me." The difficulties of being a woman in politics — toeing that gentle line between being perceived as assertive versus being a shrew — can only be tenfold when adding race into the mix. But in spite of the portrait the media has tried to paint of her, Mrs. Obama is handling the situation with the elegance and aplomb of, oh, an elderly British white lady.

Commentarium (16 Comments)

Jan 11 12 - 4:45pm
vflexp Dec.

I can't wait until she is former first lady Michelle Obama.

Jan 11 12 - 6:28pm
Sick of Barrack

I can't wait either

Jan 11 12 - 5:02pm
fishstix

I can't wait for her to be the first female President.

Jan 11 12 - 7:59pm
Observer

You'll be waiting quite a while.

Jan 11 12 - 5:32pm
Zowie!

I don't want to - get to know her over time - any more than we already have.

Jan 11 12 - 5:48pm
Rick

Am I the only one who thinks Michelle is kind of hot? Definitely the most attractive politician's wife, with the notable exception of Mrs. Dennis Kucinich.

Jan 11 12 - 8:00pm
Observer

Likely the only one who thinks Michelle is hot, yes.

Jan 11 12 - 9:05pm
EdwardSF

Uh, no. She is hot.

Jan 11 12 - 10:34pm
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yeah I've met her in person and is she is crazy attractive

Jan 11 12 - 5:57pm
musclehead

She's not an angry black woman. Whatever that is. Nonetheless too much of Anglo America prefers seeing a strong successful black woman as just that. It is a view which will need generations to dispel. Because that's how dumb too many of our fellow Americans are.

Jan 11 12 - 8:02pm
Observer

Probably not any angrier than any other 1%er. Definitely a racist though, given her comments regarding Chicago and "white, Irish-Catholic" families. Whatever those are.

Jan 11 12 - 10:23pm
Theydntr molec.

I don't see her as a strong black woman. I also don't see her as an angry black woman. I see her primarily as a woman who loves to waste taxpayer money, hundreds of thousands of dollars at a shot.

Jan 11 12 - 10:36pm
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damn whats with all the michelle o. hate in this thread. I thought most people who frequented this site were fiercely liberal

Jan 11 12 - 10:55pm
rmanaea 1997

So what? Does that mean we have to support the money-wasting First Lady blindly?

Jan 12 12 - 12:50am
Observer

So considering MO a poor first lady is hate? It sucks how the word has been defined down.

Jan 12 12 - 7:59am
yo

seriously who DOESN"T argue with Rahm Emanuel?