Usually, things that appear true and inspirational sometimes aren’t the same. For an instance, the couple that many Americans consider #relationshipgoals almost never was. Yes, we are talking about none other than former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama.
A biography titled “Rising Star” by a prize-winning biographer David J. Garrow revealed that the former president of the United States proposed someone else twice before Michelle. The name of this lady is Sheila Miyoshi Jager she was an ex-girlfriend of Obama who is now a professor at Oberlin College.
Jager and Obama were ex-lovers, they lived in Chicago together. Obama was working as a community organizer in the 1980s, he proposed to Jager while they were visiting her parents in 1986. Jager turned him down because her mother felt she was too young for marriage. She was 23 at the time and Obama was 25. However, the couple decided to remain together.
According to the book, the thing that created a complication in their relationship was he was African American and Jager is of Dutch and Japanese descent. But the book also reveals that the Jager played a huge role in Obama’s formative years. So much so that even after Barack met his wife-to-be Michelle, he kept seeing Jager on and off for at least a year.
Things didn’t go well between the two and they parted their ways. After his first year at Harvard, Obama met Michelle Robinson at a law firm where she worked and he was a summer associate. He asked Michelle out numerous times before she gave in. The couple dated for two years before Obama proposed. And finally, they decided to get marry. They tied the knot in October 1992 and the rest is history.
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