Chris Andersen’s biography of the Obamas, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, comes out today, and in it he dishes on a lot more than the first couple’s date night. According to Andersen, women are constantly rubbing up against Barack, slipping him their digits, and whispering suggestive comments in his ear. “On more than one occasion, Barack tried not to look startled when some random woman in the crowd would grasp him firmly by the derriere — and sometimes try to hold on,” writes Andersen. After one rally on the campaign trail, Barack supposedly said, “Jesus, I wish they’d stop grabbing my ass.”Andersen claims that Michelle, go figure, hasn’t responded so well to women hurling themselves at her husband. “I want to tell these women, ‘Back off. Get a life.’ It’s just embarrassing, that’s all,” he quotes her as saying. And according to Andersen, there’s one woman in particular that she did not appreciate lavishing attention on Barack—a campaign staffer named Vera Baker, who relocated to the Caribbean, supposedly at Michelle’s insistence. That story sounds pretty suspect to me, since I’m guessing Barack deals with female attention far better than, say, Bill Clinton.
But the most important question remains — if given the opportunity, would you grab the President’s butt?