An ex-aide to former President Barack Obama is now telling the story openly, implying while he was a super chill boss, his wife had staff members shaking in their boots!
In an interview with The Times in England to promote her new book about working with Barack, his former Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco dished that the real person in charge of the White House was former First Lady Michelle.
“She’s the boss,” Mastromonaco recalled.
In a shocker, she elaborated on how Barack and Michelle differed: “If he was mad at you for any reason, you’d be, like, ‘OK.’ If she was mad at you . . . if you thought for some reason she might be, you were, like, ‘I’m in so much trouble.’ ”
Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff said in the interview that Barack had a friendly relationship with her, possibly because they weren’t too far apart in age. Mastromonaco was just 34 when she was working for him in the White House.
She was first his employee when Barack was an Illinois Senator and fondly remembered that back then, in 2006, he even gave her dating advice.
Mastromonaco wrote in her book Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? that he once threatened to text one of Senator Tom Harkin‘s staffers on her behalf when he saw him giving her the eye.
According to the aide, “Obama turned to me and said, “Look, he was really into you. And if you don’t email him, I will.’”
She told The Times, “He was definitely, like, he just kept holding up his Blackberry and being, like, ‘I’m going to do it. I’m going to do it.’ ”
Mastromonaco wound up emailing the unidentified guy and they shared a few dates.
As far as the Obama marriage goes, there have been rumors of trouble after Barack was caught at an airport without his wedding ring.
Obama shocked many as he was on a solo trip without Michelle at the time.
And last year, Michelle seemed happy when partying on her own with Beyonce.
Mastromonaco, 41, is currently a TV executive after quitting the White House in 2014; she claimed her hair had turned white due to exhaustion from the job.
Towards the end, Mastromonaco all but admits that she doesn’t feel able to disclose certain details or stories, and that, in the future, she may wish to work again in politics (so presumably she doesn’t wish to be known for talking about Obama).
Ultimately, maybe Mastromonaco felt that she had no choice but to self-muzzle, keeping Obama and his administration at (sainted) arm’s length, making what could have been an intriguing memoir something of a disappointment.