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September 24th, 2010
12:30 PM ET

First Lady Frustrations: Many Presidents' Wives Would have Preferred Another Title

This week Carla Bruni, the wife of the French president, gave an exclusive interview to CNN that she never heard Michelle Obama say life in the White House was "hell," as reported in a new book in France.  The story highlights the pressures of the First Lady of the United States.  Quinnipiac University Professor Lisa Burns spoke with CNN's Don Lemon about the downsides to the job.  Since the first First Lady, presidential spouses have had problems with the position.

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  1. Leo Douglas

    Carla Bruni is jealous of Michelle! It is so obvious! Not only that, she is trying to profit with this publicity stunt to sell her book! It is shameful and we should call Ms. Bruni out on this.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  2. Think Higher

    Both first ladies denied the whole thing. But even if Michelle had said that, so what? That's her opinion about her situation! Hasn't history taught us anything about appearences? All these so-called "high power position" that men held while their wives "appeared" to be supporting them on camera are actually suffocating anddepressing for the women! Examples: Princess Diana, Hillary Clinton (as first lady), the first Mrs. Sarkozy, Jacqueline Kennedy, and the list goes on and on and on.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  3. Ms. Francis

    The President has not been given enough credit for good things of making change. The change has started and some people are not happy things could been worst. War is not the answer all the time Why is their so much hate and everyone thaking everything so personal stay out of their personal life and help fix what wrong and put people back to work it take time please give him that much credit everyone make mistake all races. The truth has came out about Health Care and other issue and the people that are behind it eveyrone need to pull together so we can show that American is as one and we all can get along be on the same page.

    October 4, 2010 at 1:25 am |