In a book just released today, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage by William Morrow, Michelle Obama said, “On more than one occasion, Barack tried not to look startled when some random woman in the crowd would grasp him firmly by the derriere — and sometimes try to hold on.”
While he was senator, the future president Obama slid into the back the car, and allegedly said, “Jesus, I wish they’d stop grabbing my ass.”Â “Michelle, understandably was not amused,” Morrow writes. Â He quotes her as saying, “. . . I want to tell these women, ‘Back off. Get a life.’ It’s just embarrassing, that’s all.”
The book relates, “Michelle knew that all the unseemly fawning nourished Barack’s admittedly already oversize ego. ‘He’s loving it,’ she muttered at one point. ‘He’s a man, isn’t he?’ Once again, she resorted to giving him the silent treatment.”
The book cites rumors “that it was more than just the random flirting from strangers that was getting to Michelle. Her husband, it would later be reported, had grown close to an attractive young African-American woman [working for the Obama campaign] named Vera Baker.
“When Baker suddenly and inexplicably vanished from the campaign and resurfaced on the Caribbean island of Martinique, tongues reportedly began wagging. A jealous Michelle, it was suggested, had engineered Baker’s departure.”
Marrow wrote thatÂ Vera Baker later told a reporter, “Nothing happened . . . I don’t have anything to say.”