New book details ups and downs of Obama marriage
By KATHERINE SKIBA
Scenes from a marriage: He was reluctant to tie the knot. They quarreled when he left ashtrays full of cigarette butts around the house. Before their two daughters were born, they struggled with infertility. They fought because his burning political ambition left her not only raising the two girls - but handling most household chores.
And when his failed campaign for a House of Representatives left them deeply in debt, and saddled with huge student loans, they faced some grim economic realities.
So says New York Times-bestselling author Christopher Andersen, whose latest book, "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," hit bookstores Tuesday. The book, from publisher William Morrow, sells for $25.99.
Andersen wrote the book without the Obamas' cooperation, says publicist Camille McDuffie.
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