Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Nov. 21, 2008)
Maya Angelou on Michelle Obama: She's a fan. Our colleague DeNeen Brown caught the author's appearance at the Hay-Adams yesterday, where she was asked whether the new first lady-to-be would help correct stereotypes about black women.
Said Angelou: "A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of introducing Michelle Obama. Before I did, I called Oprah. I asked, 'How do you access Michelle Obama?' Oprah said, 'She is the real deal.' I went to the microphone. I told the audience some of her achievements. I said, 'I introduced to you the real deal.' The audience erupted. I thought, 'Did I see what I thought I saw?' The audience was three-fourths white male and female. Black, White, Asian, Spanish speaking. All were on their feet shouting."
In other media outlets. . . Barbara Bush tells ABC News about how she and twin sister Jenna showed their old White House bedrooms to Malia and Sasha, who are about to inherit them. "They're really sweet and they're excited, but they also have the same concerns that we had when we were 18 when our dad became President. . . It was really fun to get to meet them and to get to see them being excited about their move."
Meanwhile, a publisher is rushing out a book on Michelle Style. . . Michelle picks a chief of staff, Jackie Norris. . . Does Barack still smoke? Does it matter? . . . And this blogger at TheRoot.com enters the debate over whether Marian Robinson should live in the White House. (Did you know there was a debate?) He says Obama shouldn't let her: "He's going to spend more time managing her than managing the country. She'll have her girlfriends up in there playing Mah Jong and Tonk, sitting around gossiping about the comings and goings and classified information."
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November 21, 2008; 3:29 PM ET
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