A controversial new biography of President Obama claims that Michelle Obama planned to divorce the future president in 2000.
In "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House," which hit shelves Tuesday, author Edward Klein claims that the divorce talk came eight years into the Obamas' marriage, after President Obama failed to listen to his wife's warnings about challenging Democratic congressman incumbent Bobby Rush for a Chicago House of Representatives seat in 2000. Obama lost the election by a 2-1 margin.
“During the dark days that followed his defeat, he turned to Michelle for comfort. But she was in no mood for sympathy," Klein reportedly writes. "He had refused to listen to her warnings about taking on” Rush.
But is it true? The unauthorized biography, which Klein claims is based on nearly 200 interviews, has been dismissed by presidential spokesperson Eric Schultz. On Monday, Schultz told the Washington Examiner, "Ed Klein has a proven history of reckless fabrication in order to sell books. Nobody in their right mind would believe the nonsense in this one."
It's not the first time the Obamas' marriage has been called in question. In 2010, the National Enquirer reported that Michelle Obama threatened to leave the president if he decided to seek a second term in office.
The couple have been married for nearly 20 years and have two daughters, Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10.
President Obama is hardly the first politician who has dealt with divorce rumors. Click through the slideshow below to read about the rumors surrounding Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, throughout the years.
Sarah was thrust into the spotlight in 2008 when she became a Republican Vice Presidential nominee. That year, she was allegedly caught with her pants down. The National Enquirer claimed that the First Lady of Alaska had been keeping a lover. Her Presidential running partner, Sen. John McCain, denied the rumor immediately on her behalf.
After rumors of Sarah's infidelity began swirling in 2008, Palin divorce gossip quickly emerged the following year. The news site "Alaska Report" claimed that the Palins were devastated after the National Enquirer revealed Sarah's alleged affair and were planning to split. Sarah's staff flatly denied the rumor.
In November 2010, Sarah and Todd spoke out about the divorce rumors that had been lighting up the internet. "Our whole life is under a microscope," Todd told People. The couple confirmed they were still happily married.
Despite the couple's interview in People just two months earlier, the National Enquirer rang in the new year with allegations of Todd Palin's infidelity. The tabloid reported that the "First Dude" of Alaska had been caught cheating with a sex-worker-turned-massage-therapist. Todd denied the rumors immediately.
And again, in June of this year, Globe magazine published a (shocking!) divorce rumor: Not only were Sarah and Todd Palin allegedly splitting up, Sarah was moving into her own $1.7 million home. The Palins never responded to the allegation and remain married.