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Obama Marriage Was On Brink Of Collapse

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Obama’s marriage was on brink of collapse, says book

By Leonard Doyle in Washington
6 Jun 2009

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 list for the 2000 Democratic National Convention that year, because he had annoyed party officials. With maxed out credit cards he took the cheapest flight to Los Angeles where he found himself excluded from the convention floor. That was a mere eight years ago.

The first couple seem to have put any past issues behind them — "Things are much better," Mr Wolffe noted on television last week.

"We’re going to be fine," Wolffe quoted Mrs Obama as saying. "We just have to make sure the girls are fine. We’re strong enough to take anything on and be OK at the end."

The book also describes the moment Mrs Obama first realised she was in love with her future husband. It was 18 years ago and he was being paid to train 120 black church leaders how to be community organisers in the basement of a church. "There was really something powerful there. And I was like, "This guy is different. He is really different in addition to being nice and funny and cute and all that," she recounted

"Renegade" was the codename the Secret Service assigned to Mr Obama while he was a no-hoper candidate.

As he launched his audacious bid for power, he even suggested to the author that he write a fly on the wall book. He then granted Wolffe extraordinary access.

On the campaign trail Mr Obama would even invite Wolffe to join in early morning basketball workouts. The journalist was once seen sharing a piece of frosted carrot cake with the candidate while the rest of the press corps was herded on to a waiting bus.

The access produced dividends, including Mr Obama’s revelation of his deep distrust during the campaign of Bill Clinton, who was campaigning ruthlessly on behalf of his wife, Hillary.

"We had to figure out how to deal with a former president who was just lying, engaging in bald-faced lies," Mr Obama told the author.

There were mind games on both sides and Mr Obama succeeded by keeping his cool while rattling his opponent. After a tense encounter with Mrs Clinton at an airport, Mr Obama turned to an aide and said: "I never saw that look of concern in her eyes before. I think we can win this one."

Despite the candidate’s promise of transparency there was plenty of sleight of hand from the Obama camp during the campaign. The greatest fiction was the myth that the campaign’s vast war chest was raised online in $5 and $10 donations from hundreds of thousands of people.

"It wasn’t the Internet," admitted Penny Pritzker, who headed Mr Obama’s national finance committee. It was in fact, classic old fashioned high dollar contributions from wealthy Americans

Needless to say, we normally ignore such speculation about the private lives of celebrities.

But given what an integral role their relationship plays in the Obamas’ mythology, we thought this was of interest.

Especially that it comes not from a tabloid reporter, but from the journalist Newsweek assigned to cover Mr. Obama’s storied campaign.

And speaking of storied:

Politics seemed like a waste of time to Michelle," the book says.

Haven’t we always been told that selfless public service has been the lode star for both Obamas all of their lives?

The book also describes the moment Mrs Obama first realised she was in love with her future husband. It was 18 years ago and he was being paid to train 120 black church leaders how to be community organisers in the basement of a church.

Haven’t we been told that Michelle fell in love with Obama when she was his ‘mentor’ and he was lowly intern at a white shoe law firm?

In any case, she is describing here his heroic efforts in 1992 to teach ACORN members how to steal elections under Project Vote.

What a beautiful memory, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

40 Responses to “Obama Marriage Was On Brink Of Collapse”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “She was angry at his thoughtlessness and careerism and he thought she was cold and ungrateful.”
    Well …….. it’s nice to know that there is no change on the home front!!
    You go girl!!

  2. proreason says:

    They’re just two average blokes, struggling to build a life together. Overcoming all the stuff average people deal with: money, jobs, marriage woes.

    So touching.

    It just makes ya wanna hug em, doesn’t it?

  3. wstuga says:

    Transparency? Conservatives knew that was a farce during the campaign. My only question is all those suburbanites/moderates/independents that bought into the hopey/changy message will realize Big Guy (TOTUS pet name for the president. you can find his blog here – http://baracksteleprompter.blogspot.com/) is another selfish politician who will do anything to hide the real agenda.

  4. badcrow says:

    Just goes to show that there is nothing better than power and money to keep a woman hanging around in a failed marriage.

  5. TwilightZoned says:

    “We had to figure out how to deal with a former president who was just lying, engaging in bald-faced lies,” Mr Obama told the author.

    Boy, if this isn’t the pot calling the kettle black!

    “We’re going to be fine,” Wolffe quoted Mrs Obama as saying. “We just have to make sure the girls are fine. We’re strong enough to take anything on and be OK at the end.”

    We’re GOING to be fine? Doesn’t sound like they are quite there yet. Making sure the kids are fine is classic code for things are not fine between the adults. At least that’s my take.

  6. jobeth says:

    “She was angry at his selfishness and careerism; he thought she was cold and ungrateful.”

    Typical islamic male attitude…encouraged by the Qu’ran.

    Apparently, any woman who fails to give continued and constant obedience and adoration to her husband, is considered “ungrateful”.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..“She was angry at his selfishness and careerism; he thought she was cold and ungrateful……..”

      Well, if she’d just start wearing long-sleeves…….and a burka…..

    • jobeth says:

      Don’t tease us like that John,….the sound of her wearing a full face vail is just tooo much of a dream.

      While we’re at it…Why would my husband get a s*** eating grin when I said…

      “Apparently, any woman who fails to give continued and constant obedience and adoration to her husband, is considered “ungrateful”.

      LOL…THAT would never happen in HIS lifetime…even though he probably deserves it…just for putting up with me…

    • JohnMG says:

      ….”the sound of her wearing a full face vail is just tooo much of a dream…..”

      Actually I thought I was being charitable. Anyone else remember the unknown comic skit? That’d be my preference…..only with a muzzle.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Brown paper grocery bag over the head!!
      From “The Gong Show”

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    “As a mere state senator in Illinois ..”

    Versus the usual moniker of the Honorable Senator (???). Followed with:

    “As he launched his audacious bid for power” ..

    Versus a more honorable position of being motivated by a true desire to be of service.

    For o-blah-blah and his gang, it’s ALL about POWER!!! Not service .. POWER!!!

    The 56 American hero’s that signed our magnificent Declaration of Independence (that got this ball rollin’) pledged “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” to each other and their countryman! Many of them suffered greatly in the aftermath, but held to their pledge.

    Those men embodied all of what makes this country great; and that what is entirely absent from this o-blah-blah dude and his regime.

  8. VMAN says:

    Hey it worked for Bill and Hillary. Nothing like money and power to keep a lesbian like Hillary hanging with a reprobate like Bill. Likewise nothing like money and power to keep a beast like Mickey hanging with an Islamist faggot like the O Hole. But on a lighter note I had a dream of a young community organizer whose wife left him, took everything he had and also took the kids. No ever heard of him or knew his name. What a peaceful nights sleep

  9. curvyred says:

    Barry’s publicist: What will you do for an encore the next time his popularity status starts to wane?”

    Doggie: check
    Almost broken marriage: check.

    Billie Boy: the redux?

  10. Anonymoose says:

    Hmmmm………….explains all these incredibly expensive “date nights.” I can’t wait to see someone suggest he make it into a reality show, “Friday night out with the Obamas,” with all the pre-shot footage and canned dialogue the fans could hope to see.

    But this adds yet two more questions I can ask the Obamites the next time I get into it with them:

    If Obama was such a nobody in his own party in 2000 that he wasn’t invited to the Dem convention and had to fly out on his own dime to get ignored, then:

    a. Just what did he do to get himself propelled to the keynote by 2004? (We have a good idea, but they need to start thinking about it.)

    b. Obamy actually was in a point in his life where he wasn’t doing so great; what’s changed to make him into a Superman to solve all our problems?

    Sadly I think any reply would be drowned out in a stream of profanity, comparisons about Bush, and chatter about how it took awhile for the Dems to see His Greatness.

  11. catie says:

    You know, sometimes I think my marriage is on the brink of collapse. Maybe I need to have my husband retire from the military and run for political office, on the Republican ticket of course. Geeze Louise.
    As for a lying sack of doodoo, he’s it.

  12. bronzeprofessor says:

    Hello everyone,

    I hate to be catty. But my mom always told me “if you don’t have anything nice to say, talk about Democrats.” Actually she never said that but I wish she did….

    The point is, I have always suspected that the Obamas are overcompensating a bit too obviously with their constant, excessive displays of marital bliss for the camera. Objectively speaking, he’s much more attractive than she is, despite all the Vanity Fair makeovers, so I always assumed that under their smiling utopian matrimony there must have been many undercurrents of tension and frustration.

    None of this surprises me.

    I am thankful, at least, that this Democrat President isn’t sleeping with interns in the Oval Office. I guess even liberals can evolve. Then again, I wonder if Hillary planted this story somewhere out of invidious spite.

    • proreason says:

      I hate to be catty, but based on the considerable evidence that The Moron has hidden, twisted or outright lied about every aspect of his life, and based on the evidence that all of his relationships are with extremists, and based on the evidence that his morals are uniformly to the extreme left (i.e., no morals), and based on the evidence that he has used drugs heavily and been influenced by a known child molestor, it certainly isn’t out of the question to wonder about his sexual inclinations as well.

      Personlly, I have about as much faith in his heterosexuality as I have in his Christianity.

      Moreover, given the locked-arm approach of the msm toward their hero, and given that an actually curious reporter would probably be strangled by 27 reporters before he got within 50 yards of His Highness, I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t doing every male intern in the White House, as well as every male reporter.

    • JohnMG says:

      Why not pro? He’s been doing the entire population of the U S since innauguration day…maybe even before that.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      @proreason: If suddenly a story broke about Obama being a closet homosexual, I can guarantee it would be a Democrat stunt so Obama could claim to be the first gay president, once the first-black-president hoopla wore off. Then when the first-gay-president stuff wore out, he would reveal that he was a woman all along, so he could be the first female president. And then just before voting day he’d come out and say it was all being quoted out of context.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      WOW …..a whole chitload of firsts for the dreg!!

  13. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Okay, I’m probably going to get tarred and feathered for saying this, but having gone through a really rough time in my marriage a few months ago, to where I thought it was over, I wouldn’t wish marital collapse on anyone. Including our current president and his wife.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”the Obamas’ marriage was on the brink of collapse because of his restless political hunger ……”

      I doubt this was the cause of your disenchantment, Rage. As is so obvious, with Obama it’s always all about “me”. Witness his recent speeches.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      I agree 12 – no love lost for the O’s, but marriage troubles are the worst…

  14. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    JohnMG, you’re right. While I won’t get into the specifics, it definitely wasn’t the pursuit of political power that caused the problems in my marriage. I’d seen enough of my co-workers in the military sacrifice their families on the altar of career and success and wanted no part of it. Needless to say, the quest for power leaves a lot of misery in it’s wake.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Yeah …..look at what they’ve done to America so far and do you think for one minute they give a damn?

      Misery?
      We are up to our butt cheeks in it now!!

  15. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It’s all clear to me now.

    A marriage that was in “crisis”

    Surely it was “too big to fail”

    He had to use “words that meant something” to save it.

    (And I’ll bet he apologized his a** off.)

    Quite frankly, I’ve seen so many TV shows that star dysfunctional people both on-screen and in real life that this presidency really does come off as a reality show. However, I’m not one to want to pay for couples’ counseling on the people’s dime. Fine, have your date nights. But make it cheese and wine on on the East Lawn, would’ja?

  16. canary says:

    It was the public schools unions sneaking and paying for his book excerpts all over the country. A book for every child to take home, but children couldn’t take Grammer books home, because they had to stay in class for the other classes in mid-high. Shame on the unions and schools, and not one thing from John McCains book. Bunch of low-life idiots.

  17. U NO HOO says:

    “bald-faced lies”

    Puleeze, it is BOLD faced lies, as in BOLD face fonts.

    Got it?

    Or do I have to underline and italicize?

    OK


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