Genevieve Cook, Ex-Girlfriend of President Obama, Reveals His "Sexual Warmth" in New Book

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Genevieve Cook, an ex-girlfriend of President Obama, shares some intimate details about their relationship in a new book about the Commander-in-Chief.

Barack Obama: The Story, by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Maraniss, is the most thorough account of the President's life not written by Obama.

Vanity Fair published excerpts Wednesday. While The Story contains no sordid, shocking tales of impropriety, it portrays Obama as extremely ambitious.

Obama's autobiography Dreams From My Father, while generally true, makes him look less calculating and motivated by his own career, in other words.

Genevieve Cook, Barack Obama

Barack Obama: The Story also goes into much greater detail about his early life, including romantic relationships, such as that with Genevieve Cook.

Using Obama’s writings and ex-girlfriends’ diaries, Maraniss paints a picture of Obama as an intense, conflicted and sometimes brooding intellectual.

It was that intelligence that drew Cook to Obama after a chance meeting at that East Village apartment gathering, according to Maraniss' book.

The future President, who in 1983 was a recent graduate of Columbia University, began chatting up the assistant teacher at a party that Christmas.

Obama apparently earned Cook’s endorsement, as they went on a date just days later and she spent that night at his tiny Manhattan apartment.

While sitting on an orange beanbag chair, the two bonded over the time each spent in Indonesia as youths, then exchanged phone numbers.

“I think maybe he cooked me dinner,” she wrote. “Then we went and talked in his bedroom. And then I spent the night. It all felt very inevitable."
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Cook remembers that Barack Obama also used to spend Sundays in his room wearing a sarong, drinking coffee and solving crossword puzzles.

She described the room as a “a mixture of smells that so strongly speak of his presence, his liveliness, his habits ... running sweat, Brut spray deodorant, smoking, eating raisins, sleeping, breathing.”

And while Cook wrote about Obama’s “sexual warmth,” she felt he sometimes kept her at arm’s length ... and when she said “I love you,” he often responded “thank you” rather than “I love you, too.”

Barack first met his future wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, in 1989.

Follow the link for Vanity Fair's full excerpt from Maraniss' book.


Ex-girlfriend. Yea, good one Barack.


Ex-girlfriend. Yea, good one.


I wonder if Michelle ever met Barack mom before she died in 1995. She died on my birthday November 7th. Her and Barack were married in the 80's . She had time to meet her mother in law or was it because Barack didn't want her to?

@ Malissa

Malissa, Barack's mother was present at he and Michelle's wedding! There's a family photo of them all standing the wedding! And they were married in 1992, not in the 1980's. Here's a classic example of someone filled without too much hate and not enough knowledge, folks. Sigh.


Barack never mentions his mom. He only mentions his grandma. Is he ashamed of her for being an Irish white woman? We can't be ashamed of who gave birth to us. Why did he erase her out of his memory? Does he hate her for meeting his dad? His dad didn't play a major role in his life. Can't run from your heritage.


I think she's pretty. Why didn't Barack marry her? She looks Irish. Irish day is coming up. I'm pissed that Barack left her for Michelle.

@ Malissa

She wasn't pretty and had bad skin IMO. Michelle is pretty with a nice figure.


Anyone who can slept with other color of skin isnt racist,type of leader we need.anyone can say their not racist but sleepin outside race proves it


Please type S in "Sarong" with capital letter, Thank You

@ Shafinaz Arshad

Lol. English major, or just a major pain?


This is wonderful. He was honest with her. She told him she loved him, he said thank you because he was just not that into to Ms G. LOL


Obama completed his contract with Genevieve perfectly.plz let her leave the president alone to serve the country now.


Well, you missed out on being the first lady, you should have held unto him.

@ kenneth

Sounds to me like she didn't really have him to hold on to.

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