Kantor's only telling 1/8 of what she learned.
As you know if you read C.I.'s "White House Letters" in Polly's Brew, the White House is highly dysfunctional. She was telling you about Robert Gibbs and Valerie Jarrett's arguments (plural -- the book portrays it as only one). She was telling you about the cursing and the division and taking sides that was going on. (C.I. knew most of the staffers and she knows cabinet secretaries -- Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, etc. -- Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel and many, many more.)
It's cute to read the excerpts and picture the White House freaking out over this minor book.
Especially when you consider the realities. Like Michelle Obama and David Axelrod's increasingly intense dislike of one another. (C.I. has even gone semi-public with that, noting it very briefly on November 3rd in this entry.)
Since one of Gibbs and Jarrett's fights is now on record in a book, I'll note that Michelle did describe living in the White House as "hell." Gibbs was furious about Jarrett's critique because he'd busted his ass and gotten the press to move away from it (both in terms of 'it's true!' and in terms of finding something else to talk about) when he knew it was true and so did a lot of the press. He'd managed to bury reality. He was very pissed that he wasn't getting credit for it.
I wonder if Kantor's book will note Michelle's non-stop complaint?
She's been stating she was "bored" for two and a half years now. In part, that's because she sees everything as work, even social events. I'm not denying they are work for her (or anyone in that position) but what I'm saying is, she doesn't see those as fun.
She's still largely frozen out of the DC social scene (her mother's more popular in DC than she is) in part because of her own actions.
So she's miserable unless she's able to bring some friends in for a visit.
I will read the book, I'll buy it when it comes out Tuesday, but if these are the sections being leaked, the White House has nothing to worry about. It's not like Jodi's reporting on staffers asking if Barack's stoned?
(He's thought not to be. He's just not very bright and comes off that way when there's no teleprompter to feed him words.) Of that Michelle's staff has a semi-joking pool about when Michelle and Barack will get divorced (after the White House) because they're convinced they will be the first First Couple to get a divorce.
If that and similar shared secrets were in the book, you better believe the press would be emphasizing them.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):