Barack and Michelle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Barack and Michelle
Barack and Michelle.png
AuthorChristopher Andersen
CountryUnited States
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
Publication date
September 2009
Media typePrint (hardcover)

Barack and Michelle: Portrait of An American Marriage is an unauthorized[1] "tell all" biography[2] about Barack and Michelle Obama, focusing on their marriage, written by No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Christopher Andersen and published in 2009.


Andersen previously wrote 28 popular biographies about Princess Diana, Barbra Streisand, the Kennedys, and the Bush family, among others.[3][4] Barack and Michelle describes the Obamas' marriage as being difficult for several years, as Barack left his accomplished wife, Michelle, to care for children and household, himself turning away from a lucrative legal career to pursue his political ambitions with little success or income.[5] The couple grew closer, according to the book, beginning in 2001 after the sickness of their daughter, Sasha, and Obama's growing political success.[5] The book draws in part on previously published accounts and Obama's own memoirs.[4] It has been described as a "glowing" portrait of the Obamas, and characterizing their marriage as "solid".[3] Andersen interviewed 200 friends and relatives of the Obamas in Chicago, Hawaii, and Indonesia, many of whom are identified in the book's chapter and source notes, but not the Obamas themselves.[4]


  1. ^ Katherine Skiba (2009-09-23). "Book: Obama marriage had its up and downs". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2009-10-02.
  2. ^ Katherine Skiba (2009-09-23). "'Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage':New book dishes on the first couple". Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ a b Craig Wilson (2009-09-21). "A glowing 'Portrait' of the Obamas' rock-solid marriage". USA Today.
  4. ^ a b c Abdon M. Pallasch (2009-09-23). "Book details Obamas' marital tiffs". Chicago Sun-Times.
  5. ^ a b "'Barack and Michelle' tells story behind domestic tension that nearly ruined the Obamas' marriage". New York Daily News. 2009-09-21.