A new book about the life of President Obama could reveal some juicy tidbits about his marriage, but his camp is firmly denying them.
Edward Klein's "The Amateur: Barack Obama In The Whitehouse" claims that Obama and wife Michelle came very close to divorce in 2000 after he went against her advice regarding a run for a seat in the Chicago House Of Representatives. According to Klein, the primary--in which he lost to Congressman Bobby Rush--left the family in debt and Michelle was not happy that her husband disregarded her opinion on how things should have been handled.
“Michelle actually had divorce papers drawn up,” Klein wrote, quoting one of Mrs. Obama’s friends.
According to a reported portion of the book, due out Tuesday:
“This was a calamitous turn of events, and during the dark days that followed his defeat, he turned to Michelle for comfort. But she was in no mood to offer him sympathy. After all, he had refused to listen to her warnings about taking on the formidable Bobby Rush. He had put his family in a precarious financial position. And he had dashed Michelle’s hopes of creating a stable and secure future. As a result, their marriage was on the rocks, and Obama confided to friends that he and Michelle were talking about divorce.”
Of course, rumors about the most famous family in America have always run rampant, and this isn't the first time they've faced stories about their relationship faltering. Obviously, everyone wants to know more about the people taking up residence in the White House; it's been that way for decades. For the First Family's part, their rep Eric Schultz denies the allegations.
"Ed Klein has a proven history of reckless fabrication in order to sell books," Schultz said. "Nobody in their right mind would believe the nonsense in this one.”
Another recent book, "Barack Obama: The Story", includes journal entries from some of Obama's former girlfriends and is regarded as a telling look into his younger life and the demons he faced.