Obamas ‘came close to split’

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle came close to splitting up as he tried to build his political career, according to a new book

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle came close to splitting up as he tried to build his political career, according to a new book and reports in the Daily Mail.

In ‘Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage‘, author Christopher Anderson claims that after being left alone for long periods of time while her husband pursued his political ambitions, Michelle Obama considered quitting their marriage after eight years.

It was the couple’s fears that daughter Sasha had the life-threatening illness spinal meningitis that brought the couple back together. According to Anderson, the illness in 2001 helped forge a new bond between the couple.

Michelle, 48, is quoted as telling her husband: ‘You only think about yourself. I never thought I’d have to raise a family alone.’ Anderson said Mr Obama tired of his wife’s constant nagging. ‘I love Michelle, but she’s killing me with this constant criticism,’ Barack is quoted as confiding to his grandmother Madelyn Dunham. ‘She just seems so bitter, so angry all the time.’

Anderson, who interviewed over 200 friends of the couple for the biography, also spoke about Michelle’s heartache at not being able to conceive.

Talking to CBS news on The Early Show, he said: ‘For five years they tried to have children, and they were very concerned about their ability to have them before Malia came along. And, in fact, one of their best friends has gone on record as saying when she became pregnant, she was afraid to tell Michelle, because Michelle had been trying so hard and she didn’t want to break her heart.’

‘They discussed adoption with some of their closest friends and then, fortunately for them, Malia came along in 1998.’


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