Michelle Obama was the first black woman the former President Barack Obama ever dated, according to an author of a definitive book on the former president.Christopher Anderson, author of "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," told "TMZ Live" that Barack Obama had several serious relationships with women prior to meeting Michelle Obama.RISING STAR: The Making of Barack Obama By David J. Garrow portrays Obama as a man who ruthlessly compartmentalized his existence; who believed early on that he was fated for greatness; and who made emotional sacrifices in the pursuit of a goal that must have seemed unlikely to everyone but him. Garrow attempts to do all that, but also something more: He tells us how Obama lived, and explores the calculations he made in the decades leading up to his winning the presidency.Sheila Miyoshi Jager was almost entirely omitted from Obama's own biography, Dreams of My Father, where she was simply combined with his other white exes into one character. Garrow, Jager played a huge role in Obama's formative years.
It is in the personal realm that Garrow’s account is particularly revealing.Barack Obama seriously dated several women before meeting Michelle, and none of them were African-American, according to the author of one of the definitive books about the former president.Christopher Andersen, who wrote "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," appeared on "TMZ Live" just after excerpts from another book -- "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama" -- were released, saying he twice proposed to a woman before meeting Michelle. (REUTERS/Obama For America/Handout) Senator Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson during The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. Obama announced to the crowd that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Candidate for the U. Senate Barack Obama (D-IL) sits with his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (R) in a hotel room as they wait for election returns to come in November 2, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois.