Michelle Obama says being First Lady is hell, claims Bruni

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is seated next to French First Lady Carla Bruni at a veterans memorial function.

Michelle Obama may be smiling here, but Carla Bruni-Sarkozy claims Obama told her in confidence that being the first lady is hell. (Photo Credit: CC BY/Chuck Kennedy/Wikimedia Commons)

Being a world leader is a high-pressure job, no doubt. President Obama discovered this when he stepped into the United States’ economic minefield, and he has the gray hair to prove it. That same pressure of misstep weighs heavily upon the shoulders of First Lady Michelle Obama, too. According to the London Daily Mail, a new biography about French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says Michelle Obama told her in confidence that being first lady is hell. Specifically, the Michelle Obama/hell statement in the Bruni biography is as follows: “Don’t ask! It’s hell! I can’t stand it!”

Michelle Obama, Bruni and the hell of conflict

Media sources hint that the relationship between Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy – while cordial in front of cameras – is strained when the flashbulbs fade. Rumors are that the pair attempts to outdo each other in terms of clothing and public image, although such a contentious relationship has not been confirmed. And it never will be if the U.S. and French administrations have anything to say about it. Such scandal will be saved for the pages of the biography “Carla and the Ambitious” and a recent unauthorized biography penned by Besma Lahouri. Lahouri’s allegations regarding Bruni-Sarkozy’s rock-star lifestyle before her marriage to French President Nicolas Sarkozy sit alongside the supposed proclamation Bruni-Sarkozy once uttered that Michelle Obama is “the only one able to challenge (her) for world’s sexiest and most glamorous first lady.”

The first lady is so very far away

Despite media campaigns that attempt to connect the first ladies of the United States and France with the concerns of the common people, the very nature of the job creates layers of separation between world leaders and the public. Michelle Obama encourages children to exercise daily in a recent television campaign, but the reality is that average children will never be able to go out and play with Sasha and Malia, regardless of how friendly and inviting Mrs. Obama comes across. The same holds true for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and the French people, although there are some differences. While Michelle Obama comes from a background of law and higher education, Bruni-Sarkozy was a high-fashion model. She’s also a professional singer who has allegedly been connected via the bedroom to numerous titans of rock ‘n’ roll. Bruni-Sarkozy is (allegedly) quoted in the Lahouri biography as saying “On top of that, you expect me to be subtle? I am a femme fatale, my dear.”

Perhaps Michelle Obama’s right. It’s hell to be a first lady.


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