Obama’s New Biography Book Stirs Controversy with Tales of Politics and Love
BY SUSAN JOHNES
An American president’s ex-girlfriend has featured in Obama’s biography book titled the “Rising Star,” which the author claims is written out of history. It is a no ordinary addition to the annals of the political biography since it took nine years to produce the 1,461 pages.
The book gives important disclosures about Obama’s sex life and drug use, particularly containing extensive interviews with Sheila Miyoshi Jager, a former girlfriend to Obama who claims he proposed marriage twice.
It’s unfortunate that the controversy comes as the former President starts to mold his post-presidential career.
Early last week, he unveiled his presidential library and museum in Chicago. Later, Obama released a video endorsing Emmanuel Macron in the French election.
The new book by Garrow offers a taste of Obama’s first legacy. Garrow writes how Obama and Jager met in mid-1980s Chicago. The two couples moved in together and talked about marriage as their central theme.
According to the book, Obama asked to marry Sheila in the winter of 1986. Unfortunately, it did not go well when Obama visited her family home. They talked politics, but Sheila’s father came out against the marriage.
According to Sheila, the following year, Obama changed and became someone quite extraordinary and ambitious. Sheila narrated, “I remember distinctly when this transformation happened, specifically in 1987, about a year into our relationship. Obama already had his visions on becoming the President.”
Garrow continues to write how the discussion of marriage dragged on but affected by what Sheila describes as Barack’s greatest challenging issue.
Obama had doubts about his ‘race and identity.’ Thus he resolved a decision to pursue a political career that helped him develop the drive and desire to become the president of the most powerful state in the world.
The book further states that even after Obama met Michelle who was a law firm colleague, he continued to see Sheila occasionally. He preferred Michelle to Sheila because Michelle was an African-American compared to Sheila who was a half-Dutch and half-Japanese.
Garrow notes that Barack’s prior relationships were with women he believed could control his destiny and entailed the value of having roots in one place to be essential for his journey. No wonder he preferred Michelle to personify the robust and deep roots of the black Chicago family.
The author stated that he spent eight hours full of tension with the former president last year, and showed him the manuscript. He further added that he had faced criticism from media’s interest in the aspect of the book with claims that it wasn’t interesting to reveal such details about Barack.
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