The widely debunked Ed Klein claims in his new book that Barack and Michelle Obama almost got a divorce in 2000, because Barack failed to listen to Michelle’s warnings about challenging incumbent Democratic congressman Bobby Rush. Obama did challenge Rep. Rush and suffered a blowout defeat in the election.
The source of the rumor is an author who has zero credibility on the left or the right, yet the media gave Klein’s apparently baseless rumor, but the bigger question is, what was the point of the twelve years ago the Obamas almost, maybe could have gotten a divorce story?
On the surface this would seem to be the latest in a long line of anti-Obama rumors ginned up by someone in order to make a quick buck off the right wing cottage industry of Obama hate. There was also a deeper political attack being carried out, not only against President Obama, but also his reputation as a family man. Republicans have long telegraphed that their general election strategy will be to make Barack Obama as unlikable and unlike other Americans as possible. This was a tactic that they tried and failed with in 2008, so they are upping the ante in 2012.