A new book is claiming that Barack and Michelle Obama were on the rocks before the historical election, and everyone’s up in arms about people “slandering” our President and First Lady. According to the NY Daily News,
In the new book “Renegade,” about Obama’s barrier-breaking run for the presidency, author Richard Wolffe recounts a stretch in 2000 when the Obama’s marriage was a lot frostier than it appears today.
“There was little conversation and even less romance,” Wolffe, who covered Obama’s campaign for Newsweek magazine, wrote of that period. “She was angry at his selfishness and careerism; he thought she was cold and ungrateful.”
At the time, Obama was a young state senator who had decided to run a Democratic primary against incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago) – a contest Obama lost by a dismal 2-1 margin. Michelle was a new mom with two-year-old Malia at home and Sasha, born in June 2001, not far off.
“She hated the failed race for Congress in 2000, and their marriage was strained by the time their youngest daughter, Sasha, was born,” Wolffe wrote. “Politics seemed like a waste of time to Michelle.”
Here’s my question: Why should the media be expected to leave out stories like this, just because they involve our President and First Lady? One could take it to be a slanderous news item, but others could see it the way I see it – Barack and Michelle aren’t perfect. In fact, the trials and tribulations of their coupledom are just like the trials and tribulations of ours. Know why? Cause they’re effing human. And the fact that they had this alleged relationship rift 9 years ago and were able to get through it to become what they are today is more beautiful than the cookie cutter love the newspapers want to make their marriage out to be. If anything, it makes them more normal than they’ve ever been, and while it might be a tough sell to say that it means you and your man might eventually become a power couple like the Obamas, at least it gives you hope that your problems are shared by one of the most successful couples on the planet…and that you’ll get through them, eventually. Just like they did.
So I’m posting this “rumor” for all to see, and I want to know everything you readers have to say about it. Let me have it. Cause I ain’t budging.
Check out this gallery of Shelly and Barry looking all cute on Date Night. If they can do it, you can too! Amen.