Michelle O. Used to 'Angry Black Woman' Thing

Reflecting on her portrayal in a new book, she says that people have been trying to paint her that way since Day 1.

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MIchelle Obama (Getty Images)

Talking to CBS' Gayle King, the first lady responded to questions about New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor's new book, The Obamas, which is getting attention for its portrayal of tensions between Mrs. Obama and some of the White House staff.

In an interview that also included commentary about her love for her role in the White House, support for her husband and concern for her daughters' well-being, she put the characterization into context, saying, "I guess it's just more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here. That's been an image people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I'm some kind of angry black woman." She also noted, "There will always be people who don't like me," adding, "I just hope that over time that people get to know me."

Since the book's stereotypical subtext pales in comparison with some of the other outrageous things that people have said (and will continue to say) about her, it's no surprise that she's figured out a way to keep things in perspective.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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