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Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Michelle Obama responds to new book (video)

Michelle Obama. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Michelle Obama responded to allegations in Jodi Kantor’s “The Obamas” Wednesday, denying most of the characterizations of her in the new book — which she hasn’t looked at and doesn’t plan to. “I never read these books,” she said in an interview with CBS’s Gayle King.“There are so many books that have my picture on the cover, my name on it; I don’t even know what’s going on.” She flatly dismissed accounts that she repeatedly clashed with the president’s staff and chalked it up to manufactured drama: “I guess it’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here, a strong woman. But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day that Barack announced — that I’m some angry black woman.” The first lady told King her biggest concern is raising Malia and Sasha in the White House bubble. “If there’s any anxiety that I feel, it’s because I want to make sure that my girls come out on the other end whole.”

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Michelle Obama interview with Gayle King

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