New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein’s controversial new book “The Amateur” is already making major headlines, even before its official release.
From the allegation that Bill Clinton called Obama an “amateur” to the possibility that Jeremiah Wright was offered $150,000 to keep quiet until after the 2008 election, the book is almost impossible to ignore.
But perhaps most amusing, of all the reports, is that Michelle Obama and Oprah have been engaged in a subtle “Mean Girls” style battle of wills, with Michelle Obama even criticizing Oprah’s “girth.”
The New York Post, which pre-released excerpts of the book, explained: “When [Oprah] phoned, [Obama] dropped everything and took her call. They huddled over strategy. Of all of Obama’s unofficial White House advisers, Oprah had unparalleled access, input, influence, and power.”
This prestige was short-lived, however. Soon after Obama won the election, according to Klein, “It soon became apparent that something had gone wrong between Oprah and the new administration — or, more precisely, between Oprah and Michelle Obama.”
Jealous Michelle Obama’s ‘rage’ led to Oprah being shoved aside, according to Edward Klein’s “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House” – NYPOST.com
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. Among other things, Oprah had a plan to redecorate the Lincoln bedroom. She also had ideas about how Michelle could put more zing into White House social events.
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.