Book depicts tensions between first lady, aides

WASHINGTON (AP) ? A new book on the relationship of President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, portrays the first lady as a behind-the-scenes force whose opinions drew her into conflict with presidential advisers and who bristled at some of the demands and constraints of White House life.

New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, in a book to be published Tuesday, portrays a White House where tensions developed between Mrs. Obama and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and former press secretary and presidential adviser Robert Gibbs.

The Times posted a 3,300-word adaption of the book, “The Obamas,” on its website Friday. The accounts are based on interviews with 30 current and former aides, though the Obamas declined to be interviewed for the book.