Did we almost have a different First Lady? Impossible to imagine.
But a new Obama biography, Rising Star, written by David J. Garrow, claims the future President of the United States asked another woman to marry him in 1986, while the two were dating and visiting her parents’ home.
Her name was Sheila Miyoshii Jager, and she said "not yet" because her parents thought the two were too young. At the time Barack was 25. She was 23.
Sheila, now a professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College, says in the book:
“In the winter of ‘86, when we visited my parents, he asked me to marry him. I remember very specifically that by 1987, about a year into our relationship, he already had his sights on becoming president...He became...so very ambitious very suddenly."
“I remember very clearly when this transformation happened."
It was before Barack ever met the gorgeous, perfect, brilliant Michelle while working for her at a Chicago law firm. The rest is history. Is there ever another woman after Michelle?
No. The answer is no. Not with that brain and smile and those arms.
The Washington Post reviewed the book, saying, “Garrow portrays Obama as a man who ruthlessly compartmentalized his existence; who believed early on that he was fated for greatness; and who made emotional sacrifices in the pursuit of a goal that must have seemed unlikely to everyone but him.”
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