No wife wants to hear about her husband’s former girlfriends, so we can only imagine how Michelle Obama must be feeling now that Barack Obama’s letters to his college GF have been released. The love letters that the former president wrote to his college girlfriend resurfaced last week and are making headlines for their interesting contents.
The handwritten letters were sent to Alexandra McNear between 1982 and 1984, five years before Obama met Michelle. The letters shed light on Obama’s early struggles, including the difficulties of dealing with his long-distance relationship with McNear.
"I trust you know that I miss you, that my concern for you is as wide as the air, my confidence in you as deep as the sea, my love rich and plentiful,” he wrote, signing the letter with “Love, Barack.”
But—as well all know now—their relationship did not last; the two called it quits in 1983. Obama expressed his conflicting feelings in the letters, where he wrote, “I think of you often, though I stay confused about my feelings… It seems we will ever want what we cannot have; that's what binds us; that's what keeps us apart."
Like most college students, Obama struggled with money at this time and told McNear of his financial troubles. “One week I can't pay postage to mail a resume and writing sample, the next I have to bounce a check to rent a typewriter,” he wrote. “Salaries in the community organizations are too low to survive on right now, so I hope to work in some more conventional capacity for a year, allowing me to store up enough nuts to pursue those interests next.”
Thankfully, Obama never lost hope and preserved! Dying to know more about the letters Obama sent to his college sweetheart? You can read more here.