One of President Obama’s ex-girlfriends, Genevieve Cook, shared some intimate details about their relationship in a new book about titled, “Barack Obama: The Story,” written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Maraniss.
In his new biography of the president, author David Maraniss publishes love letters and journal entries from Genevieve Cook, who met the 22-year-old Obama at a New York Christmas party in 1983. Excerpts published in Vanity Fair offer a new glimpse into the president’s years after graduating from Columbia University.
During the course of their roughly year-long romantic relationship, Cook chronicled a man who was charming and intelligent, but also distant and emotionally unreachable.
Early in their relationship, Obama confessed to Cook how he searched for the “perfect ideal woman…at the expense of hooking up with available girls.” In her journal, Cook wrote: “I can’t help thinking that what he would really want, be powerfully drawn to, was a woman, very strong, very upright, a fighter, a laughter, well-experienced – a black woman I keep seeing her as.”
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