Barack Obama Explores How His Presidency Caused “Tension” in His Marriage to Michelle Obama

In his third memoir A Promised Land, former President Barack Obama opened up about his marriage to former First Lady Michelle Obama as well as how his family was affected by his two terms in the White House. 

Barack and Michelle married in 1992. Their love story is so celebrated that a fictionalized account of their first date even received the movie treatment with 2015’s Southside With You. However, that does not mean marriage was always easy for the power coupe.

In an excerpt from A Promised Land, per CNN, Barack spoke of how despite the fact that he and Michelle were “friends as well as lovers” in their marriage, he could “sense an undercurrent of tension in her” throughout much of his presidency. 

The politician wrote, “It was as if, confined as we were within the walls of the White House, all her previous sources of frustration became more concentrated, more vivid, whether it was my round the clock absorption with work, or the way politics exposed our family to scrutiny and attacks, or the tendency of even friends and family members to treat her role as secondary in importance.”

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