Book: Mrs. Obama, Emanuel had 'distant' relationship

January 8, 2012 7:30:01 PM PST
A new book by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor indicates first lady Michelle Obama had doubts about the president's choice of Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff.In the book titled The Obamas, Cantor writes that the relationship between Mrs. Obama and Emanuel "was distant and awkward from the beginning."

Kantor says Emanuel offered his resignation to the president in early 2010 after Emanuel's view that the health care overhaul proposal was a bad idea surfaced in the news media.

Obama advisor David Axelrod is quoted as saying that Emanuel "understood that the stories were an embarrassment."