Obama Divorce Story: New Book Claims Michelle Nearly Left Barack in 2000

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The controversial new biography of President Barack Obama claims that his wife, Michelle Obama, planned to leave the future president in 2000.

Is the divorce story real? Is anything in the book?

The unauthorized biography, which Klein claims is based on nearly 200 interviews, has been dismissed by presidential spokesperson Eric Schultz.

"Ed Klein has a proven history of reckless fabrication in order to sell books," he said. "Nobody in their right mind would believe the nonsense in this one."

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Nevertheless, the Obama divorce story is the latest revelation in the book - which also discusses his ex Genevieve Cook - to generate major buzz.

In The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, out this week, Klein claims the divorce nearly happened eight years into the Obamas' marriage.

After Obama failed to listen to his wife's warnings in challenging Bobby Rush for his U.S. House seat in 2000 and got creamed, their relationship cooled.

“During the dark days that followed his defeat, he turned to Michelle for comfort. But she was in no mood for sympathy," Klein reportedly writes.

"He had refused to listen to her warnings about taking on Rush."

The primary left them in debt and Barack depressed, Klein claims. “Michelle actually had divorce papers drawn up,” he writes, citing one of her friends.

“Obama was so depressed that some of his friends worried that he was suicidal,” the book adds, without elaboration on that particular point.

Obama, of course, was still in the Illinois State Senate, and went on to win a U.S. Senate seat in 2004 that helped establish his national credentials.

But Michelle almost vetoed the Senate race, too.

Northwestern University professor Steven Rogers told Klein that Obama talked about his ambition after they met at a golf fund-raiser.

“My wife will not allow me to run for the Senate until I clear up the debts from my unsuccessful run for Congress,” Obama said, according to Rogers.

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Regardless of what goes on behind closed doors there has often been a Standoffish attitude with the both of them. The average person expects them to come across as approachable but they have yet to come across in that matter. Anyone with a eye for detail can tell that these two do not trust the American public. Unless you are in their pocket then they seem to keep you at arms length. It was not what anyone had anticipated. As a result people will judge them even more harsh. People that are supposedly this charismatic sure seem uncomfortable every moment they appear before the camera.


if its a feeling on both sides then is okay right,,,coz no body is a mountain right,,, but must be proven by the two right.


Yeah, the left wing is so innocent and polite. I guess calling President Bush an idiot and our "esteemed" secretary of state saying that the things that the Republican Presidential canidates say should not be listened to while she was talking to citizens in Syria are all just cordial comments. If I were married to an undecisive, lying, incompotent human being, I'd leave them too.


None of this matters as much as the fact that He is a weak President and we need a strong leader for perilous times.


If true, I bet Michelle's glad she came to her senses!!
BTW and seriously, no one really cares. This just shows that the Obamas are just like the rest of us. More reason for me to vote for Obama--he has real life experiences unlike somebody else we know.


It's been said by another author that Michelle did get into conflict with her husband's staff. I think she wields power! Btw, what as Mormons have to do with the Obama's marriage anyway? What makes a Mormon lousy at politics? Explain yourself. There's no reasoning to your statement.


Dear Friends:
You mean these two are human? Imagine that! Their story is not over, os get the story straight or pay the penalty. Politics!
Is this author in conflict with Obama? By what this author is saying who runs the White House? Laugh, Laugh. Mormons and politics are lousey


Of course drones following him would say this isn't possible, but how do you know? I highly doubt any of you know them personally! Marriages do go through ups and downs, but no one can say it's made up and she wouldn't have had the papers drawn. If it wasn't true, they, of all people, would have the power/money to get the publication stopped.


@ UN RESONABLE! TEA PARTY? Oh yeah! Everything short of the Kennedy assassination has something to do with the Tea Party - huh? People buy info to keep " Their Guy" from being exposed and in time if those same people are thrown " Under the Bus" they leak info!


People find they are pregnant during serious marital tension..even facing a divorce. I think there's something very valid-sounding about this story. I can believe M.O. would have that strong stance regarding his failed political run. She is tough! Another author in the last year or so who worked around her described her temper!

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