Skip to comments.Obama's marriage was on brink of collapse, says book
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
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actually, I hope his marriage is not something that has to suffer b/c of his being POTUS.
Leave that alone.
The Myth is beginning to unravel.
Larry Sinclair says he had a tryst with Zero in 1999, I think.
I agree with you.
Anyone going to such extremes to portray himself as some idyllic husband has side action going on.
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.
Apparently, this happened before she was proud of America.
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?
Cue porn music.
Political handlers can perform miracles..
“Whats wrong with this picture?”
It’s success, Chicago-style!!/s;)
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.
Sounds like Rezko and her Pay to Play job at the hospital helped their marriage too. Just like in the mafia.
Pray for America
“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?;)
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.
He’s a gay, narcissistic drama queen.
Of course they are having problems.
We agree. There’s plenty to critize Barry on w/o resorting to going after his family.
Bad move tactically IMO.
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.
In a pinch, it will work.
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.
Michelle got a large pay raise after OB put pork in a bill to shuffle federal funds to her hospital.
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.
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.
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.
We're not attacking the couple personally, just financially and politically. BTW, Michelle got back!
I wuz not referring to the British press.
Does anyone on this board do “date nights” with their spouse? Seriously...can anyone explain the purpose of these nights? Thanks.
Can you call it a "collapse" when it was intentional? Or would "demolition" be a better term...
Who were you referring to?
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
Those of us on the right and those of us here on FR.
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.
Fairytale love story?
Just how stupid do they think Americans are?
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.
How about “sabotage”...???
He’s selfish and she’s ungrateful. Say it ain’t so!
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.
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?
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.
Besides, they are certainly spending our money like there’s no tomorrow to make this fairytale acceptable.
You said — Seriously...can anyone explain the purpose of these nights? Thanks.
Ummm..., it’s a “wife thing” actually.... LOL...
Well, Angelina Jolie is waiting in the wings...
Zero loves himself more than anything on this earth.
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.
No, but most of us don't have Jumbo Jets or Limos at their beck and call.