In his new book, “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” author David Garrow reveals the doomed love story of former President Barack Obama and ex-girlfriend Sheila Miyoshi Jager in the mid-1980s.
According to Garrow, the two dated for years while Obama was a community organizer in Chicago before he met Michelle, and Obama even asked Jager to marry him… twice.
Jager told Garrow that Obama had always harbored the belief that he’d someday become President of the United States and had “a deep-seated need to be loved and admired.”
She says Obama first asked her to marry him in 1986, but her parents thought she was too young. They continued dating as Obama’s political ambitions began to take over their lives and he feared that a non-African-American spouse might hurt his chances of becoming president.
Garrow claims in his book that Obama “felt trapped between the woman he loved and the destiny he knew was his.”
Obama reportedly asked Jager to marry him a second time in 1988 before he left for Harvard, but she rejected him again. Obama met Michelle during that first year in law school and dated her while still seeing Jager on occasion.
An author herself, Jager works as a professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. According to an article in TMZ, her book, “Iraqi Security Forces and Lessons from Korea” was found on Osama bin Laden’s bookshelf in the compound where Navy SEAL Team Six killed him.
Jager speaks about her own book in the video below:
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