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Much ado about Sheila Miyoshi Jager, the woman who rejected Barack Obama’s marriage proposal twice

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Before immediate former president of the United States, Barack Obama met Michelle, there was Sheila Miyoshi Jager.

Sheila was Barack’s love who rejected him twice, according to a new biography.
David Garrow, author of the new book, “Rising Star: The Making of
Barack Obama,” says Obama met Jager in the mid-’80s when he was doing
community organising in Chicago.
She says in 1986 Obama asked her to marry him, but her parents were
opposed because they thought she was too young. She said no, but they
continued dating.
Jager, of Dutch and Japanese ancestry, told Garrow that Obama had
always had a strong belief he’d someday become President of the United
States. She also told the author Obama had “a deep-seated need to be
loved and admired.”
Garrow says Obama’s presidential ambitions became the highlight of
their relationship, causing a conflict because he worried a
non-African-American spouse would do him political damage.

Garrow says Barack “felt trapped between the woman he loved and the destiny he knew was his.”

In 1988, Obama proceeded to Harvard Law School and the relationship was still ongoing.
Jager says Obama again asked her to marry him before he left, but she
was off on a research trip to Seoul and rejected his proposal.
During his first year in law school, Obama fell for Michelle but, according to Garrow, he was still occasionally seeing Jager.
Jager is currently a professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin
College. Her book, “Iraqi Security Forces and Lessons from Korea” was on
Osama bin Laden’s bookshelf in the compound where Seal Team Six killed
him.

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