Monday, September 21, 2009

Michelle Vetoed Hillary as VP

In a new book being released this week - "Barack and Michelle, Portrait of an American Marriage", Michelle Obama's influence on her husband is chronicled. She liked the phrase "Yes, We Can". She vetoed Hillary Clinton as VP and was fascinated by Sarah Palin. These tidbits are among the many that Christopher Andersen describes in his new book. Excerpts from the book will be printed tomorrow in the New York Daily News. The Daily News had these tidbits this morning:

Yes we can? Barack Obama wasn't sure at first.

The President initially blanched when his now-famous campaign slogan was first introduced by political guru David Axelrod during the 2004 Illinois Senate race, a new book reports.

"I don't like it. Come on," Obama was quoted as saying in "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," by author Christopher Andersen.

Obama felt the catch phrase was "childish" and "corny," and even asked his staff to find something else - until his wife, Michelle, convinced him otherwise, the book reports.

"It will work," she said, swaying the future President. "Trust me."

The "Yes We Can" decision wasn't the only time the First Lady has had the last word on a crucial choice in her husband's political career.

Andersen reports Michelle Obama shot down Hillary Clinton as a potential vice president, opting for Joe Biden. Michelle's opposition was possibly the deciding voice in the debate, Andersen writes.

"Do you really want Bill and Hillary just down the hall from you in the White House?" she reportedly told her husband. "Could you live with that?"

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