Obama Divorce: New Biography Claims Obamas Were On Brink Of Divorce

05/17/2012 05:51 pm ET | Updated May 17, 2012

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.

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