michelle & barack*Last week, the world found out about one of Barack Obama’s ex-girlfriend Genevieve Cook.

Cook described Obama’s personality from normal interaction to the bedroom. But we also found out another thing about Cook that may or may not shock many — she was white.

When many found out that she was white they wondered, what if Barack never met Michelle and stayed with Genevieve? Would the African American community have voted for him or supported him?

MadameNoire writer Charing Ball takes on the topic. Check out the excerpt below:

I am a firm believer that we must be upfront about race relations in this country instead of acting like it isn’t worthy of discussion. Folks think about and act on their prejudices every single day, so there should be no reason why we don’t talk openly and honestly about race.

With that disclaimer, last week, the blogosphere had its attention on an excerpt from a new biography about the President called, “Barack Obama: The Story,” by David Maraniss. The excerpt from the yet to be released book focuses on the relationship the President had with Genevieve Cook, a 25-year-old Australian-born (white) Park Slope elementary school teacher, whom he met will living in New York City.

Through observations from her diary, we learn that they first met at an east village Christmas gathering and he wooed her back to his apartment with promises of grub. They small talked on an orange bean bag chair before moving the conversation to the bedroom.

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