The former first lady recalls falling in love with Barack and reveals their darkest hour in the White House
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In her memoir, Becoming, Michelle Obama:
Recalls falling in love with Barack Obama. At first she was sceptical of the local hype around him. “In my experience, you put a suit on any half-intelligent black man and white people tended to go bonkers.” His photo had a “whiff of geekiness”, she noted, but once she got to know him, she was attracted to “this strange mix-of-everything man” and felt “a toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder”. They courted and fell in love. Finally, over dinner, he baited her with arguments against marriage before giving a dark velvet box which, instead of chocolate cake, contained a diamond engagement ring. “It took me a second to dismantle my anger and slide into joyful shock.” The marriage has survived extraordinary work pressures. At one stage they sought marriage counselling and, after a miscarriage, underwent in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments to conceive their two daughters.