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Michelle Obama liked Biden for vice president over Hillary Clinton, and other juicy tidbits from East Wing

September 21, 2009 |  3:27 pm

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Dinner

"Do you really want Bill and Hillary just down the hall from you in the White House?" First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly asked her husband. "Could you live with that?"

According to a new book by Christopher Andersen, Michelle Obama also convinced her husband, despite his misgivings, that his trademark campaign slogan -- "Yes We Can" -- would be effective. "It will work," she told the future president. "Trust me."

An excerpt of the book, titled "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," is slated to be published Tuesday in the New York Daily News.

Among the highlights:

  • In the early days of their marriage, Barack bristled at his wife's "constant criticism" about his role at home, calling her complaints "unfair" and "shortsighted."
  • Daughter Sasha's meningitis scare in September 2001 helped the couple reconnect.
  • Despite her husband's long absences on the campaign trail, Michelle never questioned his fidelity. "He's never given me reason to doubt him," she said.

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo credit: Reuters

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