Who did Barack Obama consider marrying before Michelle?
Answer: Sheila Miyoshi Jager
According to a new biography, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, the leader of the free world didn't always have his eyes set on Michelle. In fact, he lived with a former girlfriend, Sheila Miyoshio Jager, in Chicago who was an anthropology student at the time. In Obama's book, Dreams of My Father, he describes Jager as a "very sweet lady, as busy as I am, and so temperamentally well-suited."
Not that there are no strains; I'm not really accustomed to having another person underfoot all the time, and there are moments when I miss the solitude of a bachelor's life. On the other hand, winter's fast approaching, and it is nice to have someone to come home to after a late night's work. Compromises, compromises.
Apparently, the relationship was not meant to be when Barry O went home with Sheila for Christmas in 1986. Obama got into a heated political argument with Jager's conservative father, and her mother deemed them too young for marriage.
Who knew? We don't want to give away too much in case you decide to read the new biography yourself.