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An expolosve new biography set the rumor mill rolling when it claimed Former President Obama may have shared the White House with a different First Lady if his girlfriend before Michelle had accepted his marriage proposal.
The biography claims to shed light for the fist time on a relationship Obama had in his early 20’s when he was living in Chicago.
Sheila Miyoshi Jager was never mentioned in Obama’s 1995 memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” but the story of her relationship with the young Barack and his two marriage proposals before they split, is revealed in “Rising Star” by David J. Garrow.
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Jager, who was of Dutch and Japanese ancestry and studied anthropology like Obama’s mother, said the couple was very much in love in the 1980’s when the young community organizer shared his dreams with her about someday becoming president.
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“I remember very clearly when this transformation happened, and I remember very specifically that by 1987, about a year into our relationship, he already had his sights on becoming president,” she told Garrow, explaining that Obama became “so very ambitious very suddenly.”
Obama proposed in the winter of 1986 while the couple visited Jager’s parents. She turned down his offer as her parents thought she was, at 23, too young to get married. Obama was 25 at the time.
REVEALED: Obama ‘proposed TWICE to girlfriend before Michelle – and kept seeing her while dating former First Lady’ https://t.co/YxADP6OvFo
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They remained together and Jager said she realized Obama had a “deep-seated need to be loved and admired.”
Jager, now 53 and an associate professor and director of the East Asian program at Oberlin College in Ohio, described the pressures of race and politics that began to weigh on the relationship.
According to The Washington Post:
Discussions of race and politics suddenly overwhelmed Sheila and Barack’s relationship. “The marriage discussions dragged on and on,” but now they were clouded by Obama’s “torment over this central issue of his life . . . race and identity,” Sheila recalls. The “resolution of his black identity was directly linked to his decision to pursue a political career,” she said.
In Garrow’s telling, Obama made emotional judgments on political grounds. A close mutual friend of the couple recalls Obama explaining that “the lines are very clearly drawn. . . . If I am going out with a white woman, I have no standing here.” And friends remember an awkward gathering at a summer house, where Obama and Jager engaged in a loud, messy fight on the subject for an entire afternoon. (“That’s wrong! That’s wrong! That’s not a reason,” they heard Sheila yell from their guest room, their arguments punctuated by bouts of makeup sex.) Obama cared for her, Garrow writes, “yet he felt trapped between the woman he loved and the destiny he knew was his.”
The relationship was strained by the time Obama was ready to head off to Harvard Law School but he asked her again to marry him.
Jager turned him down again, feeling the proposal was “mostly, I think, out of a sense of desperation over our eventual parting and not in any real faith in our future,” she told Garrow.
And though the couple parted ways, it was not, apparently, for good.
Obama went on to meet Michelle and the two began dating but, Garrow claimed, when Jager arrived at Harvard for a teaching fellowship, she and Barack continued to see each other on and off.
“I always felt bad about it,” Jager told the biographer.
After Barack and Michelle’s marriage in 1992, Jager’s only contact with her former boyfriend was an occasional letter or phone call.
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