Barack Obama Shares How His Presidency Took A Toll On His Marriage W/ Michelle: I Continued To Sense An Undercurrent Of Tension In Her

Michelle and Barack Obama

Barack Obama Shares How His Presidency Took A Toll On His Marriage W/ Michelle: I Continued To Sense An Undercurrent Of Tension In Her

Former President Barack Obama is shining a light on how his time in office affected his marriage to his wife Michelle Obama. In his upcoming memoir, A Promised Land, Barack Obama says he could feel the tension forming in his wife. He writes,

“Despite Michelle’s success and popularity, I continued to sense an undercurrent of tension in her, subtle but constant, like the faint thrum of a hidden machine.”

He adds,

“It was as if, confined as we were within the walls of the White House, all her previous sources of frustration became more concentrated, more vivid, whether it was my round the clock absorption with work, or the way politics exposed our family to scrutiny and attacks, or the tendency of even friends and family members to treat her role as secondary in importance.”

Michelle, Sasha, Barack, Malia Obama


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In his memoir, Barack Obama also reveals that he would reminisce about the better times within his marriage to Michelle and was fearful that those lighter moments were over.

“Lying next to Michelle in the dark, I’d think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered, and my heart would suddenly tighten at the thought that those days might not return.”

Barack Obama’s memoir, A Promised Land, will be available on November 17th.

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Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel