Ex-FLOTUS Aide Reid Cherlin: Michelle Obama Turned East Wing into “Worst Wing”

Ex-White House Aide: Michelle Obama Turned East Wing into "Worst Wing"
Ex-White House Aide Reid Cherlin: Michelle Obama Turned East Wing into “Worst Wing”

Not only are the right wing throwing shade on First Lady Michelle Obama for her China trip (#FLOTUSinChina), a former aide is also throwing shade on FLOTUS.

Reid Cherlin, a former assistant press secretary to Mrs. Obama, wrote in The New Republic that working in the East Wing of the White House has become the “worst wing.” Oh my.

Cherlin wrote, “Perhaps no first lady in recent memory has entered the stately recesses of the East Wing under a higher burden of expectation than Michelle Obama.” He also noted that the strains on the first lady placed great burdens on her communications staff. He said he and his co-workers were unprepared for how hard the work would become and that FLOTUS’ office had evolved into a “confining, frustrating, even miserable place to work.”

Cherlin wrote that staffers were able to gauge their value to the office based on how often they were granted access to meet with her directly. He said, when a staffer was invited to attend a meeting with Michelle Obama, it became a “vital status symbol, a way for staffers to measure their worth.”

Um, so I am guessing Reid Cherlin wasn’t one of those staffers who got one-on-one meetings with Michelle Obama, hence the shade being thrown, right?

[H/T NY Daily News]


  • Janet:

    You are a JOURNALIST as you proclaim.

    What VALUE ADD did you contribute to the story?

    When I read this story (from a different source) I reasoned:

    1) The White House is a fish bowl with any “error” potentially blown up into a major conspiracy. Thus it is REASONABLE for any first lady (or her delegate) to manage the product of work from the staff with an “Iron Fist”.

    2) The “Groupie Staffers” while it might be a good thing at the “Worker Bee” level because they’ll agree to invest their nights and weekends to keep the “Rock Star” looking good – IS NOT A GOOD CHARACTERISTIC for a trusted adviser who must be able to tell the authority figure “NO – this does not look good” (Think of Bishop Eddie Long who could have used a “No Man” )

    It seems that you live so vicariously through the Obama’s that you can’t invest the intellectual capital to wonder how all of these TANGENTIAL affairs (ie: the rituals of the White House) ultimately matter as Black people seek QUALITY EDUCATION, A GOOD LOCAL JOB MARKET and SAFETY WHERE THEY LIVE.

    I am not sure that you are ready to make note where these Permanent Interests have not been served and as a result RECOMMEND TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY to unplug from the national fight against the White Right-Wing critics and INSTEAD FOCUS UPON WHAT MATTERS THE MOST: the conditions within the community.

    DO YOU NOT SEE how all of this could function as a DIVERSION – which actually STEALS AWAY THE “BLACK CONSCIOUS ATTENTION” away from the COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE that we NEED TO BE DOING – over into VICARIOUS LIVING THROUGH the Black/Progressive Elected Officials who are attacked by the White Right Wing?

    What if the FOX AND THE WOLF KNOWS HOW THE AMERICANIZED BLACKS THINK and thus they create such diversions in order to KEEP YOU IN YOUR PLACE? Having failed to build up the necessary BLACK COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR MASS MOVEMENT WITHOUT POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM – after your property in Chicago is sold for $1 per parcel – you realize that you have not been developed – THE CONFIDENCE MAN tells you that THE ENEMY did it to you and then you RINSE AND REPEAT – looking to VOTE FOR YOUR SALVATION.

    Where is my analysis of the TRUTH about Americanized Blacks?

  • If Michele Obama ran for the US House she might express office management skills that rival that of US Rep Shelia Jackson Lee who reams out her staff in public to the point of tears.