Barack Obama‘s highly-anticipated memoir, A Promised Land —the first volume, at least—doesn’t officially come out until November 17. But we’re already getting some clues to what the 44th President of the United States will be talking about thanks to a new excerpt obtained by CNN.
Of course, his wife, Michelle, is a major figure, and in the excerpt Obama opens up about how the presidency affected his marriage.
“And yet, despite Michelle’s success and popularity, I continued to sense an undercurrent of tension in her, subtle but constant, like the faint thrum of a hidden machine,” he writes. “It was as if, confined as we were within the walls of the White House, all her previous sources of frustration became more concentrated, more vivid, whether it was my round the clock absorption with work, or the way politics exposed our family to scrutiny and attacks, or the tendency of even friends and family members to treat her role as secondary in importance.”
“Lying next to Michelle in the dark, I’d think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered, and my heart would suddenly tighten at the thought that those days might not return,” he continued.
Both Obamas are quite open about their affection for each other, so it’s also great to see how they’ve worked through these tougher times. “Every day with @MichelleObama makes me a better husband, a better father, and a better human,” he wrote on Instagram for their anniversary last month.
CNN’s excerpts also include Barack Obama speaking about his former VP and current president-elect Joe Biden. “I liked the fact that Joe would be more than ready to serve as president if something happened to me—and that it might reassure those who still worried I was too young,” he writes. “What mattered most, though, was what my gut told me—that Joe was decent, honest, and loyal. I believed that he cared about ordinary people, and that when things got tough, I could trust him. I wouldn’t be disappointed.”
A Promised Land will be released on November 17.