It's Over Between Oprah, Michelle

Winfrey-Obama relationship breaks down, Edward Klein alleges

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 14, 2012 9:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – BFFs no more? A new, unauthorized, and contentious Barack Obama biography alleges that the relationship between Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey has been deteriorating ever since the early days of Obama’s presidency, the Telegraph reports. According to The Amateur, by former New York Times Magazine editor Edward Klein, Obama advisers Valerie Jarrett and Desirée Rogers grew worried about Winfrey’s closeness to the Obama family and Michelle herself became jealous of the influence Winfrey had over her husband.

The book also indicates Michelle criticized Winfrey’s weight, and claims one disagreement was over the first lady’s childhood obesity campaign—which Winfrey offered to feature on her show; Michelle allegedly declined the invitation. The White House has previously slammed Klein's book, which also alleges that Bill Clinton is not an Obama fan. Says a spokesperson, "Nobody in their right mind would believe the nonsense in this one."

Michelle Obama is seated with Oprah Winfrey at the opening ceremonies of the the 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session and XIII Olympic Congress on October 1, 2009, in Copenhagen.
Michelle Obama is seated with Oprah Winfrey at the opening ceremonies of the the 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session and XIII Olympic Congress on October 1, 2009, in Copenhagen.   (Getty Images)
Michelle Obama sits with Oprah Winfrey at the opening Ceremony of the 121st IOC Session at the Copenhagen Opera House on October 1, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Michelle Obama sits with Oprah Winfrey at the opening Ceremony of the 121st IOC Session at the Copenhagen Opera House on October 1, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.   (Getty Images)
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