Sheila Miyoshi Jager was a woman who existed before Barack Obama, the former president of the United States, and Michelle Obama met. According to a new biography, Sheila was Barack's first and only love, and she turned him down on both occasions, according to the book.
According to David Garrow, author of the new book "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama," Obama first met Jager in the mid-'80s while working in community organizing in Chicago, according to the book. "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama" is available now on Amazon.
During an encounter with Obama in 1986, she alleges he approached her and expressed interest in marrying her, but her parents declined because they felt she was too young. She declined, but the pair was able to keep their relationship going on their terms.
Jager, who is descended from both Dutch and Japanese ancestors, spoke with Garrow about Obama's long-held confidence that he will one day be elected President of the United States of America. Obama, according to her, had a "deep-seated need to be liked and adored," which she revealed with the author during their interview.
In the winter of 1986, Obama addressed her parents and inquired as to if he may marry her. Her parents agreed to the proposal. Her parents were adamant in their objections to the idea. The day after his acceptance to Harvard Law School, Barack Obama proposed to Jager for the second time, but she rejected his proposal. Jager refused his marriage proposal because her mother believed she was too young to be married at the time of the proposal. Jager's mother was correct. At the time, she was 23 years old, whereas Obama was 25 years old at the time.
In what way did she justify her decision to reject Obama's second proposal, and why did she make that decision? The reason she turned down his offer was because she was in the middle of a dissertation research trip to Seoul at the time, and she couldn't accept his timing. In contrast to her belief that the proposal was inspired by "genuine faith" in their future together, she believes it was prompted by "desperation" about their impending separation.
In law school, Obama met Michelle, who happened to be working at the same time as he was studying. Michelle and Obama would later become husband and wife. When they first met and fell in love with one another, they started dating right away. They are the parents of two children.
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