The former FLOTUS, who gave up the title when her husband’s presidency came to an end, has confessed to how she came close to finding “another guy”. In the shock revelation, Ms Obama spilled all when talking of her relationship with barack Obama, after the ex-President told her he preferred to correspond via letter as opposed to phone calls.
In her best-selling autobiography ‘Becoming’, Michelle told readers of the ordeal she endured when trying to bring Mr Obama into the 21st century while travelling away, and the serious warning she served him.
She wrote: “Barack told me, ahead of leaving, that he preferred letter writing.
“I informed Barack that if our relationship was going to work, he’d better get comfortable with the phone.
“I announced: ‘If I’m not talking to you. I might have to find another guy who’ll listen.’
“I was joking but only a little.
“And so it was that Barack became a phone guy.”
The warnings were harsh enough for Barack to swap pen and paper for the telephone, as the couple are still happily wedded, following 27 years of marriage.
Their marriage has seen two children, Malia and Sasha, come into the picture – both having, according to Michelle, a “regular” childhood.
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During their time in office, Michelle explained that their daughters were repeatedly reminded to keep focus on what they were doing and where they were going as a result of their father’s prominent role.
The 55-year-old added: “Our focus was to make sure they did what they needed to do, and that meant pretend like all the craziness around them wasn’t happening.”
Their dogmatic approach in keeping their daughters’ lives as close to regular as possible may well have backfired, when the then 19-year-old Malia was allegedly caught on camera smoking cannabis.
The video, taken by a festival-goer at Lollapalooza in Chicago, appeared to show Malia smoking a roll-up.
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Reports were never confirmed whether the roll-up contains marijuana or tobacco, but following her dad’s admission that he smoked “a little blow” while at university and high school.
Speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2016, he said: “The last time I was that high, I was trying to decide my major.”
A year later another video emerged, this time appearing to show Malia at a Yale University American football game smoking a cigarette with an unknown boy.
And, not letting the media frenzy that followed get to her, just a week later, Malia was reportedly filmed blowing smoke rings.
The footage only added to the speculation around the former president’s daughter enjoying an extracurricular activity that was still, at the time, illegal in many states.
Though the instances went almost untouched in Michelle’s book, she did admit a heartbreaking account of her attending counselling.
She opened up about hers and Obama’s joint counselling sessions, in which the pair were working hard to sustain the strength in their marriage.
Hoping to instil the lesson that “marriage is work” the ex-FLOTUS explained to CBS host Gayle King she and Barack cannot be role models if they don’t tell people the truth.
Michelle said: “Young couples think that all they see of us is the fist bump and the love and I’m looking adoringly at his speeches.
“And my view is that we can’t be up here as role models and not be telling people the truth about life and relationships. Marriage is work. Marriage is hard.”
She added Barack loves her for being a strong woman.
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