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White House, French Embassy denies report that Michelle Obama called her life "Hell"

Michelle Obama with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 2009. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

The White House quickly slapped back Thursday at reports that first lady Michelle Obama said her life is "hell." The comment appears in a new French book, "Carla and the Ambitious," purportedly written with the cooperation of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

According to a British media report about the book, out Friday, Bruni-Sarkozy inquired about Obama's life as first lady during a private White House visit in March. The book quotes Obama as saying, "Don't ask! It's hell. I can't stand it!"

"The first lady never said that," said spokeswoman Katie McCormick Lelyveld, referring calls to the French Embassy. A spokesman there said Bruni-Sarkozy had distanced herself "completely" from the book, had not collaborated with the two authors and denied that the remark was made.

By The Reliable Source  |  September 17, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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Can you honestly blame her? Who in their right mind would want to put their family thru the hatred and threats that they've been put thru by the extreme right wing? More so than any other first family with two young daughters to boot.

Posted by: glenn113 | September 17, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, poor little Michelle. Designer clothes from the finest stores, $100 a pound Kobe beef dinners, star-studded White House parties, flying all over the world on Air Force One. And all on OUR MONEY during one of the worst economic times in the history of the United States. Oh, that's right, it's all Bush's fault. Yeah life as the First Lady is a real beaach. Oh, shut up!

Posted by: svmayor | September 19, 2010 3:54 AM | Report abuse

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