Michelle Obama talks about dating other men before she met 'exotic geek' Barack whose 'sexy voice' pleasantly startled her

From an assembly line worker with a penchant for pot to a rugged college football star who ditched school to become an NFL mascot, Michelle dishes on her 'boyfriends' in her book


                            Michelle Obama talks about dating other men before she met 'exotic geek' Barack whose 'sexy voice' pleasantly startled her

In her new book 'Becoming', Michelle Obama recounts her high school days in Chicago and reveals how she and her teenage boyfriend David smoked marijuana and went on dates to Red Lobster. However, when Michelle Robinson got to Princeton, the relationship died and she found romance with a hunky football athlete who she names only as Kevin. When Kevin dropped out of medical school to try out for the Cleveland Browns as their 'wide-eyed, gape-mouthed faux animal' mascot, Chomps, the pair broke up, Daily Mail reports.

 Becoming', a book by former first lady Michelle Obama, is displayed at the 57th Street Books bookstore on November 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)
 Becoming', a book by former first lady Michelle Obama, is displayed at the 57th Street Books bookstore on November 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)

Michelle then went on to meet future husband Barack when she graduated from Harvard Law. She described him as an "exotic geek" for whom she felt a "toppling blast of lust". However, when it came to Barack's political abilities, Michelle was skeptical for years fearing he was "too earnest, too full of valiant plans" in order to succeed as a state senator in Illinois.

While Michelle gave out only first names of her erstwhile boyfriends, David identified himself as David Upchurch back in 2009 and provided a photograph from the pair's prom night at Whitney M. Young High School to the National Enquirer magazine. The duo had known each other for a long time as they were both raised in a working-class South Side neighborhood in Chicago.


 
 
 
 
 
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In the March 2009 article, Upchurch was described as a customer service representative and a divorced father of three who lived in a modest establishment in Colorado Springs. Speaking to the magazine, Upchurch claimed he could not remember much about the dates but blamed himself for the break-up.

"Michelle and I really liked each other, but you know how some high school boys are," he said. "We're not ready to be responsible and we screw up. I was a screw-up, plain and simple. At that point, I just didn't take my life or my future seriously. But Michelle knew what she wanted, and after graduation, she was off to Princeton. I couldn't stand in her way. I wished the best for Michelle because she's always been a wonderful person."


 
 
 
 
 
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Michelle, meanwhile claimed she "jettisoned" David when she started her course at Princeton in the 1980s. "We went on real dates, going for what we considered upscale dinners at Red Lobster and to the movies. We fooled around and smoked pot in his car," she recalled.

The pair spent the summer working alongside one another on the assembly line of a book-binding company after graduating high school. Upchurch even accompanied her when she drove with her father Fraser to New Jersey to start classes. However, as fate would have it, they were not meant to be together.


 
 
 
 
 
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"There was only one problem, and that was David, who as soon as we crossed the state line from Pennsylvania had begun to look a little doleful," the 54-year-old wrote. "As we wrestled my luggage out of the back of my dad's car, I could tell he was feeling lonely already. We'd been dating for over a year. We'd professed love, but it was love in the context of Euclid Avenue and Red Lobster and the basketball courts at Rosenblum Park."

Nonetheless, Michelle comfortably settled into life at the university after ditching Upchurch. She hung out with black and Latino students at the Ivy League school where they were a relatively small minority. She met Princeton Tigers star Kevin, from Ohio, in her sophomore year, whom she described as "a near-impossible combination of tall, sweet, and rugged."


 
 
 
 
 
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"He's a safety for the Tigers, fast on his feet and fearless with his tackles, and at the same time pursuing pre-med studies," she gushed. "He's two years ahead of me at school, in the same class as my brother, and soon to graduate. He's got a cute, slight gap in his smile and makes me feel special. We're both busy and have different sets of friends, but we like being together. We get pizza and go out for brunch on weekends. Kevin enjoys every meal, in part because of the need to maintain his weight for football and because, beyond that, he has a hard time sitting still. He's restless, always restless, and impulsive in ways I find charming."

But Kevin decided against going to medical school after graduating from Princeton at the end of Obama's sophomore year and set out to pursue his lifelong "dream" of becoming a mascot for the Cleveland Browns. Having said that, his dreams were not aligned with Michelle's aspirations and the pair broke up soon after.


 
 
 
 
 
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"We spent a whole afternoon driving around to shops and looking at costumes together, evaluating whether they were roomy enough to do handsprings in," the mother-of-two recalled. "I don't remember whether Kevin actually found the perfect animal suit that day. I'm not sure whether he landed the mascot job in the end, though he did ultimately become a doctor, evidently a very good one, and married another Princeton classmate of ours."

Ultimately, Michelle met Barack when she left Harvard Law School and was working at the Chicago office of Sidley & Austin. According to her, he was already popular and had been hailed by one of the managing partners as the "most gifted law student she'd ever encountered". She wondered what was all the fuss was about when word got around that he was also "cute".

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to address the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, September 17, 2016, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to address the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, September 17, 2016, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

"I was skeptical of all of it. In my experience, you put a suit on any half-intelligent black man and white people tended to go bonkers," she wrote. "I was doubtful he'd earned the hype. I'd checked out his photo in the summer edition of our staff directory — a less-than-flattering, poorly lit headshot of a guy with a big smile and a whiff of geekiness — and remained unmoved. His bio said he was originally from Hawaii, which at least made him a comparatively exotic geek. Otherwise, nothing stood out. The only surprise had come weeks earlier when I made a quick obligatory phone call to introduce myself. I'd been pleasantly startled by the voice on the other end of the line - a rich, even sexy, baritone that didn't seem to match his photo one bit."