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Barack Obama Admits Presidency Took A Toll On His Marriage To Michelle: I Sensed ‘Constant Tension’

While the Obamas remain one of the most beloved couples in presidential history, Barack Obama says that the stress involved in his job caused issues with wife Michelle.

Former President Barack Obama has a lot to say about his two terms in the White House in his new 768 page memoir A Promised Land. In a just released excerpt, he even reveals how being the leader of the free world took a toll on his now 28 year marriage to wife Michelle, 56. She remains one of the most belovedand fun! — first ladies of all time, but behind the scenes, friends and even family treated her as “secondary” in importance to her husband, according to #44.

Obama writes that once they were in the White House as America’s first family along with daughters Malia, now 22, and Sasha, now 19, “I continued to sense an undercurrent of tension in her, subtle but constant, like the faint thrum of a hidden machine.” Not only had Michelle’s duties amplified as first lady, she was also the subject of “scrutiny and attacks.”

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the unveiling of their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery , February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo credit: AP Images.

“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,” he continued.

That caused him to lay awake at night next to Michelle, thinking of life before his presidency, “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.”


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