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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Denies She Said Michelle Obama Called Life 'Hell' as First Lady

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The French Embassy in Washington is denying a report in a new book that French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy claimed Michelle Obama said her life was "hell" since her husband won the presidency.

Bruni-Sarkozy "distances herself completely from the content of the book 'Carla and the Ambitious,' which was not authorized and the authors alone are responsible for its contents. The words attributed to the First Lady of the United States were never said," Emmanuel Lenain, a spokesman for the embassy, said in a statement issued Thursday.

Mrs. Obama spokesman Catherine McCormick-Lelyveld told Politics Daily in a statement issued Thursday, "The First Lady never said that."

If Mrs. Obama's comment had been true, it would have plunged her into a controversy just as she is preparing to jump on the campaign trail.

Bruni-Sarkozy, a former model with a reputation for being outspoken, was quoted by authors Michael Darmon and Yves Derai -- who say their book was written "in collaboration with Miss Bruni," according to a report in London's Daily Mail, which called the book "wildly indiscreet."

The book claims the two women had the exchange last March, when French President Nicolas Sarkozy traveled to Washington to meet with President Obama at the White House and brought along his wife. The two couples dined that night at the White House.

Bruni-Sarkozy allegedly asked Mrs. Obama what life was like for her since she became first lady, and the Daily Mail quotes Mrs. Obama's response in the book: "Don't ask. It's hell. I can't stand it."

Mrs. Obama has met her French counterpart at least four times: the March 2010 meeting; at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh in September 2009; in Germany and in France in April and June 2009, respectively.

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covey66

Why can't these people just TELL THE TRUTH?

September 22 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Becky

The point of the story is that Mrs. Obama MIGHT have spoken inappropriately to another first lady (Mrs. Sarkozy) It is possible in my mind that the conversation could have taken place, however, since it was denied by the participants, I find it more likely that the authors (oh, my THIS would be a "first") lied to increase the sales of their book. I would understand that her life would be "hell" under the microscope that is the White House. However, the debate grows because her husband is an abysmal failure at his job as our President! I, among many others, am not pleased with the "Change" that has occurred. Since he appears to be a loving husband, Mrs. Obama's possible dislike for the White House life would be to our nation's advantage - perhaps he won't want to keep her under the microscope for another 4 years and won't run for re-election and the nation might come out of this okay after all.

September 22 2010 at 9:48 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
marilyndw829

Our lives are Hell since her husband took office.

September 17 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to marilyndw829's comment
baharmon78

ain't it the truth

September 17 2010 at 8:34 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
weejj

What was it before he took office, heaven? Please ... either you were in a coma or not paying attention. The mess we have now started and escalated out of control under the previous administration. Drastic times call for drastic measures. I do not agree with all of his decisions but I give him an A for effort because this is a drastic mess he inherited. To use an expression from the 70's,"... if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem." What solution are you sending to your representative?

September 22 2010 at 6:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
benkert6

Typical liberal speak for "I was for it before I was against it" or perhaps "we have to pass this bill so people can see what's in it". We're tired of leftie lies. Once again, the O'blamo's have to back-peddle. Guess they didn't think that being in the oval office would be "hard". they must have thought that all they had to do was vacation and pick up their check from the government.

September 17 2010 at 8:20 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
DTFT235

I can imagine it being compared to hell ! I know what we've been going thru out here (thanks to him & his buddies) has been hell ! But at least he forgave her for not holding the "que-card" high enough during the inauguration speech when he forgot his middle name . I wouldn't say Hussein either if i had it hung on me ! This is the worst mistake America has ever made . Putting a white-hating half-breed in charge of running a country. Maybe he's just trying out for a new team in "say" Cuba or Kenya or Yemen. Or maybe a better spot in South America like Columbia or Venezuela with his other buddies.Why do you think he carries a Blackbeery with him that not even the FBI or CIA or his personal security team has the number to ? Most likely has all the leaders on speed dial whenever he needs consultation ! I'm not predjudice at all ! Have a lot of black friends who think this guys "nuts" ! Come-on Nov (2010&2012)! Get us back to normal again !

September 17 2010 at 8:12 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Pat Couture

It seems Barrack and Michelle will go anywhere if Air Force One and all its luxurious trapings take them there. I was especially angry when they spent a staged day in the Gulf area and couldn't wait to get out of there and up to Martha's Vineyard. Also, her trip to Spain on Air Force Two with her posse was an insult to all the American people who are struggling to get by. Couldn't she have chosen a place in the U.S. to vacation? She and her huge group could have spurred a much-needed financial boost to our country had she chosen a spot here. I often get the impression that they feel they are royalty, taking advantage of all the perks of the office, with little concern about the direction of this country and its people.

September 17 2010 at 8:00 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
shirle44

It would not supriseme if Mrs,Obama did not say life in White House is Hell,due to face Her husband putting America thru hell He vacation in Spain the cost was out off this world. I remember what Mrs Obama said right after he was elected For the first time she was proud to be American thanks to her husband everyone got upset with that statement then she said ,never saiud it just like this statement. If you said it admit it.

September 17 2010 at 7:26 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Lady

It's so sad that I can tell the content of a comment just by looking at the thumbs up/thumbs down ratio. Are you so blindly partisan that you can't even acknowledge a ludicrous claim like this one? Even Bruni-Sarkozy, who allegedly made the claim, is denying it. But go ahead and mark this down like good little sheeple.

September 17 2010 at 4:12 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
MikeyBaby

We know that it has been Hell. We are living through it!

September 16 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
jblewberry

I know this is a lie, I am not a fan of Michelle, but I know this is not true. I for one have been a product of twisted media lies they twist the story to benifit the story. There is no way she would have said something like this. I can not believe someone would even believe something like this. So sad!

September 16 2010 at 6:34 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

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