London, Jun 8: The popular perception that Barack and Michelle's marriage has always been rosy was broken when a book revealed that the First Couple went through a rough patch in 2000 which almost tore them apart.
The book 'Renegade' which describes the unlikely raise of America's first African-American president reads, "There was little conversation and even less romance. She was angry at his selfishness and careerism; he thought she was cold and ungrateful."
This was the time when Barack Obama was just a state senator in Illinois, what is seen as the lowest step in the political ladder. And Michelle was new to motherhood and was at home raising their daughter Malia who was two at that time. Obama also ran against Bobby Rush and was defeated by a dismal 2-1 margin.
"She (Michelle) hated the failed race for Congress in 2000 and their marriage was strained by the time their younger daughter Sasha was born. Politics seemed like a waste of time to Michelle," the Richard Wolffe's book says.
Not being in the list for 2000 Democratic National Convention that year only added to Barack's trouble while Michelle mulled over how the 'nice and funny and cute' man she fell in love with 18 years ago had changed.