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Obama's marriage was on brink of collapse, says book
The Telegraph ^ | 6/6/2009 | Leonard Doyle

Posted on 06/06/2009 8:54:17 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

Barack and Michelle Obama's fairytale love story of an adoring couple propelled on to the international stage has caught the imagination of millions.

Their regular Friday "date nights" make the television news, and there was a stir recently when they caught Air Force One for a night at the theatre in Manhattan.

This weekend, in the aftermath of the D-Day celebrations, they are in Paris with their young daughters - having turned down an invitation for dinner with President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla in favour of a more intimate family event.

But it was not always wedded bliss for the First Couple. A new book, Renegade, about Mr Obama's unlikely run for the presidency, recounts a tense period in 2000 when the Obamas' marriage was on the brink of collapse because of his restless political hunger and the family's shattered finances.

"There was little conversation and even less romance," wrote the Birmingham-born Mr Wolffe, who covered Obama's campaign for Newsweek magazine. "She was angry at his selfishness and careerism; he thought she was cold and ungrateful."

At the time, Mr Obama was stuck on the lowest step of the political ladder. As a mere state senator in Illinois, he had challenged a popular incumbent in a Democratic primary by running against Bobby Rush, a former Black Panther from Chicago. Mr Obama was trounced by a dismal 2-1 margin.

His wife was new to motherhood, at home with their first daughter Malia, just two years old at the time. "She hated the failed race for Congress in 2000, and their marriage was strained by the time their younger daughter, Sasha, was born. Politics seemed like a waste of time to Michelle," the book says.

Mr Obama's troubles were compounded when he discovered that he was not on the guest

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bookreview; democrat; democrats; ennypritzker; impeachobama; obama; obamafamily; pennypritzker; pritzker; renegade
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1 posted on 06/06/2009 8:54:17 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

actually, I hope his marriage is not something that has to suffer b/c of his being POTUS.

Leave that alone.


2 posted on 06/06/2009 8:55:39 PM PDT by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: bruinbirdman
"She was angry at his selfishness and careerism; he thought she was cold and ungrateful."

The Myth is beginning to unravel.

3 posted on 06/06/2009 8:58:05 PM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Barf-o-matic.


4 posted on 06/06/2009 8:58:14 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: bruinbirdman

2000? Hmmmmmmmm.

Larry Sinclair says he had a tryst with Zero in 1999, I think.

Hmmmmmmmmmm. Er.


5 posted on 06/06/2009 8:58:58 PM PDT by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: sauropod

I agree with you.


6 posted on 06/06/2009 8:59:18 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: bruinbirdman

Anyone going to such extremes to portray himself as some idyllic husband has side action going on.


7 posted on 06/06/2009 9:00:49 PM PDT by fso301
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To: bruinbirdman

The A$$hole in Chief keeps telling us to sacrifice. Yet lots of financial analysis and now this article tells us they were living WAY beyond their means back in 2000.

More of the usual liberal hypocrisy.


8 posted on 06/06/2009 9:01:03 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: bruinbirdman

Apparently, this happened before she was proud of America.


9 posted on 06/06/2009 9:01:47 PM PDT by cranked
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To: bruinbirdman

Let me get this straight: in 2000 he was up to his ears in debt and couldn’t get a seat at the DNC, but in 2004 he was the keynote speaker and a shoo-in for the Senate, and in 2008 the great black hope?

What’s wrong with this picture?


10 posted on 06/06/2009 9:01:59 PM PDT by Loyalist (Now married. Life sentence, no parole!)
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To: bruinbirdman
having turned down an invitation for dinner with President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla in favour of a more intimate family event.

Cue porn music.

11 posted on 06/06/2009 9:03:37 PM PDT by SIDENET ("Join me or die. Can you do any less?" -Mr. Sparkle)
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To: bruinbirdman
"It wasn't the Internet," admitted Penny Pritzker, who headed Mr Obama's national finance committee. It was in fact, classic old fashioned high dollar contributions from wealthy Americans.

Shocking!


12 posted on 06/06/2009 9:05:35 PM PDT by OCC
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To: Loyalist

Political handlers can perform miracles..


13 posted on 06/06/2009 9:05:41 PM PDT by doc1019 (The invitation for salvation always requires an RSVP.)
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To: Loyalist

“What’s wrong with this picture?”

It’s success, Chicago-style!!/s;)


14 posted on 06/06/2009 9:05:48 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: sauropod

Black culture doesn’t embrace marriage which is why black culture is in the state that it’s in. The women give it away because they have no feminine dignity, then the rest of us take financial care of their irresponsibility and suffer the crimes committed by their unmentored, drop out sociopathic offspring who have nothing but crappy role models.

I can’t stand zero or his battleship-hipped wife, but if their marriage and family life serve as an inspiration for black Americans to hitch up their pants and get hitched, all other Americans will benefit. Anything would be an improvement.


15 posted on 06/06/2009 9:05:50 PM PDT by bustinchops
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To: bruinbirdman

Sounds like Rezko and her Pay to Play job at the hospital helped their marriage too. Just like in the mafia.

Pray for America


16 posted on 06/06/2009 9:06:29 PM PDT by bray (Time to Stand Up)
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To: SIDENET

“having turned down an invitation for dinner with President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla in favour of a more intimate family event.”

I don’t know any porn music. Would the theme from “Shaft” do?;)


17 posted on 06/06/2009 9:08:02 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: bruinbirdman

Anything that draws our attention away from his desire to destroy the American way of life is just an interesting sideshow.

No objection to your posting it, but please remember the real issue here.


18 posted on 06/06/2009 9:08:23 PM PDT by MindBender26 (The Hellfire Missile is one of the wonderful ways God shows us he loves American Soldiers & Marines)
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To: All

He’s a gay, narcissistic drama queen.

Of course they are having problems.


19 posted on 06/06/2009 9:09:26 PM PDT by rbmillerjr ("We Are All Socialists Now"........not me, not now, not ever)
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To: bustinchops

We agree. There’s plenty to critize Barry on w/o resorting to going after his family.

Bad move tactically IMO.


20 posted on 06/06/2009 9:09:31 PM PDT by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: bruinbirdman

The Obamas were virtually broke as recently as early as 2005 when Obama was sworn-in as a Rat Senator. Suddenly, Michelle gets a six-figure job (and which magically gets eliminated when she becomes First Lady) and the Obamas are swimming in cash. What we’ve just witnessed over the past election cycle is the greatest collapse of investigative journalism in the history of this nation.


21 posted on 06/06/2009 9:11:00 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Frank_2001

In a pinch, it will work.


22 posted on 06/06/2009 9:11:49 PM PDT by SIDENET ("Join me or die. Can you do any less?" -Mr. Sparkle)
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To: Loyalist
Lots is wrong. But his life story is full of lots of anti-Ameerican mentors.

Somebody got behind, funded, and groomed this guy. Plain and simple. Lots of money, lots of influence.

...and even then, without the TOTUS, half the time his off the cuff speeches and comments are almost incomprehensible and so broken up as to be unintelligable.

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS

NOW WE KNOW WHAT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER DOES

OBAMA, THE STOCK MARKET, AND ENERGY

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S UPBRINGING

IT'S TIME FOR A RETURN TO THE OLD SCHOOL

23 posted on 06/06/2009 9:12:50 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Loyalist

24 posted on 06/06/2009 9:13:13 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Michelle got a large pay raise after OB put pork in a bill to shuffle federal funds to her hospital.


25 posted on 06/06/2009 9:13:14 PM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, school and passport records.)
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To: sauropod
Bad move tactically IMO.

Tactically? Since when is the British press worried about tactics or strategy when it comes to covering US Presidents? I wish our own press would start being more critical and skeptical of Obama.

26 posted on 06/06/2009 9:13:40 PM PDT by kabar
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To: bruinbirdman

I’m glad they are committed to their marriage and their daughters. Financial problems are typical marriage strainers, as are disagreements about jobs/careers. The one good thing the Obamas can do is be a good example of a committed, married couple, and if their younger fans give up the prison and prostitute look, that would be a bonus.

And so they lied about their donor base—I doubt anyone here is surprised about that.


27 posted on 06/06/2009 9:13:56 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: bruinbirdman

I don’t think it is that great now. She is always quick to make snide remarks when they interview together. He doesn’t pick up. He’s never at home blah, blah, blah.


28 posted on 06/06/2009 9:13:59 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: sauropod
There’s plenty to critize Barry on w/o resorting to going after his family.

We're not attacking the couple personally, just financially and politically. BTW, Michelle got back!

29 posted on 06/06/2009 9:14:36 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: kabar

I wuz not referring to the British press.


30 posted on 06/06/2009 9:14:42 PM PDT by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Does anyone on this board do “date nights” with their spouse? Seriously...can anyone explain the purpose of these nights? Thanks.


31 posted on 06/06/2009 9:14:59 PM PDT by Troublemaker
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
What we’ve just witnessed over the past election cycle is the greatest collapse of investigative journalism in the history of this nation.

Can you call it a "collapse" when it was intentional? Or would "demolition" be a better term...

32 posted on 06/06/2009 9:15:27 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: sauropod

Who were you referring to?


33 posted on 06/06/2009 9:15:44 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Some people are, FRiend. And I am quite certain you know better than most how many on the other side view this forum.

My words were only intended as a caution. No more. FReegards. ‘Pod


34 posted on 06/06/2009 9:16:13 PM PDT by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: kabar

Those of us on the right and those of us here on FR.


35 posted on 06/06/2009 9:16:57 PM PDT by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: okie01

Well, demolition would imply that they were destroyed from an outside force. I think they saw Obama and just said F it, this is our guy and we’re going to get him in there at all costs.


36 posted on 06/06/2009 9:17:38 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: bruinbirdman

Fairytale love story?

Just how stupid do they think Americans are?


37 posted on 06/06/2009 9:18:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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"She was angry at his selfishness and careerism; he thought she was cold and ungrateful."”

Michelle Obama still is angry. Obama still is a selfish careerist. Obama was doing a lot of cocaine at that time which might explain their maxed out credit cards and marital strains. He was also involved in homosexual relationships with Larry Sinclair and others. The book sounds like yet another propaganda piece providing false information about Obama.

38 posted on 06/06/2009 9:19:15 PM PDT by detective
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

How about “sabotage”...???


39 posted on 06/06/2009 9:21:14 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: ChicagahAl

He’s selfish and she’s ungrateful. Say it ain’t so!


40 posted on 06/06/2009 9:22:16 PM PDT by DHSMostWanted (Apparently you don't have to be intelligent to get an Ivy League degree.)
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To: sauropod

If they are perpeuating a marriage to be good and it isn’t then why should we have to listen to all the phony baloney media PR about it?

Besides last time I looked Obambi and his Mrs want to be super celebrities and we all hear and see headlines screaming daily the lack of class and moral values of our way overrated celebrities.


41 posted on 06/06/2009 9:25:27 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: sauropod
This thread is about an article in the UK Telegraph that is reporting about a book called "Renegade: The Making of a President" that was written by Richard Wolffe, a British-born writer who covered the Obama campaign for Newsweek. He is going to be on the Today show on Monday.

So the right and those of us on FR can't discuss or comment upon what is in the book without being accused of going after Obama's family? What kind of nonsense is that?

42 posted on 06/06/2009 9:27:18 PM PDT by kabar
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
shattered finances

Must have been a downturn in the PAY TO PLAY business.
43 posted on 06/06/2009 9:28:37 PM PDT by Fred (Proud Member of the Obama Enemies List)
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To: bruinbirdman

He was so desperate to gain government control over every aspect of a persons life, and ultimately total control of America that he said and did anything to get elected... even if it made his marriage be in peril. And it worked. What a classy guy. But I agree, keep the family out of it. Until Michelle starts running the country.

At least Joe always displays a minute touch of class. Even when he is plagiarizing.


44 posted on 06/06/2009 9:28:40 PM PDT by 506Lake
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To: freekitty

Besides, they are certainly spending our money like there’s no tomorrow to make this fairytale acceptable.


45 posted on 06/06/2009 9:29:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Troublemaker

You said — Seriously...can anyone explain the purpose of these nights? Thanks.

Ummm..., it’s a “wife thing” actually.... LOL...


46 posted on 06/06/2009 9:30:46 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Well, Angelina Jolie is waiting in the wings...

http://www.showbizspy.com/article/187058/angelina-jolie-thinks-barack-obama-is-sexy


47 posted on 06/06/2009 9:31:26 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Cementjungle

Zero loves himself more than anything on this earth.


48 posted on 06/06/2009 9:33:24 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: skr
“And so they lied about their donor base—I doubt anyone here is surprised about that.”
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So because we are not surprised by their lies, it makes it OK?

IMO they themselves opened up their marriage to public scrutiny. If they didn't want people looking into their marriage, they shouldn't have paraded it up and down like a perfect diamond for us all to see.
I guess if we look at it deep and long enough, it will probably start to look like a circus side show.

49 posted on 06/06/2009 9:33:40 PM PDT by Aurorales
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To: Troublemaker
Does anyone on this board do “date nights” with their spouse?

No, but most of us don't have Jumbo Jets or Limos at their beck and call.

50 posted on 06/06/2009 9:34:36 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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