Barack Obama Reveals How His and Michelle’s Marriage Became ‘Strained’

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Barack Obama has shockingly opened up about his marital struggles with Michelle in a shockingly personal new interview…

And exactly how his wife felt about the whole thing.

And it comes right off the back of the release of his new memoir.

Since Barack Obama became president in 2008, he and his family have been catapulted to unprecedented levels of fame.

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And gained a strong and loyal fan base as a result of his progressive views on social issues such as same-sex marriage and gun control.

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And, in his 8 years in the White House, Obama cut taxes for working families, small businesses and first-time homebuyers, as well as sticking to his promise of tackling financial reform, alternative energy, reinventing education, and health care.

Continuously supporting him was his wife, Michelle Obama.

And she made the most idyllic first lady.

The couple first met when a then twenty-five-year-old Michelle Robinson was assigned as a mentor for a twenty-eight-year-old Barack Obama at their law firm.

“Barack, about a month in, asked me out, and I thought ‘No way. This is completely tacky,'” she told ABC News, when discussing how the pair had met.

Barack’s proposed date was clearly a hit, as the pair were quick to become a couple, and later tied the knot in 1992. Michelle noted that her husband’s vows were a glimpse at what was to come. “Barack didn’t pledge riches, only a life that would be interesting. On that promise he delivered,” she later recalled.

And, along with their two young daughters, was suddenly catapulted into the spotlight when he ran for president.

People simply loved the first lady.

He has remained very much in the public eye and has continued to travel the world and deliver speeches on the causes that are most important to him.

Where he attended many public events to endorse his former running-mate and long-term friend, Joe Biden.

He already has several other books under his belt, including 1995’s Dreams From My Father, 2006’s The Audacity of Hope, and 2010’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters, to name a few.

Because, on its debut day, hundreds of thousands of people scrambled to get their hands on a copy.

A Promised Land hit shelves on Tuesday, November 18th.

The book, which is the first in a series of political memoirs, charts Obama’s path to the White House up to 2011, and documents the lead up to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The former president spoke to People Magazine in a shockingly personal interview.

“That was the truth of our time in the White House.”

“Michelle very much believed in the work I did but was less optimistic about what I could get done. … She’s more skeptical about politics and more mindful of the sacrifices to the family,” he said.

“There were times where I think she was frustrated or sad or angry but knew that I had Afghanistan or the financial crisis to worry about,” he says, “so she would tamp it down.”

So worrisome, in fact, that he recalls in his new memoir how it could keep him awake at night.

“It took some time to talk about how she had felt,” he explained, adding, “Once [the presidency] was done, there was possibility of her opening up … but more importantly just her being able to let out a breath and relax.”

“That allowed us to just enjoy the deep love that comes with a marriage this long. But also to be friends again.”

You can read the full interview here. For more on the Obamas, scroll on to check out their stunning vineyard estate…