The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama who was in office from January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017 says that the stress involved in his job as President caused issues with wife Michelle.
The former president disclose this in his new 768 page memoir A Promised Land becomes available for sale on Nov. 17.He reveals how being the leader of the US took a toll on his now 28 year marriage to wife Michelle, 56.
“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.
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.”
He said 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.”
Obama said that behind the scenes, friends and even family treated her as “secondary” in importance to him.
The former president admitted that he often wondered whether he and Michelle would ever be able to reignite the flames of their younger days as a couple. “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,”