Letters written by a young Barack Obama to his then-girlfriend have been made public, showing his concerns about money and his relationship.
The nine letters, sent by Obama to his college girlfriend Alexandra McNear, are being made public to researchers through Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.
The university has had the letters since 2014 but could only make them public now, officials said.
Written in the 1980s, the letters give a peek into Obama's psyche as he sought out the path that would eventually land him in the White House as the United States' first mixed race president, Emory University officials said yesterday.
The 'very lyrical, very poetic' letters will be useful to researchers trying to craft a picture of Obama the college student and recent graduate, Emory officials said
'I think of you often, though I stay confused about my feelings,' Obama wrote to Alexandra McNear (circled above) in 1983. 'It seems we will ever want what we cannot have; that's what binds us; that's what keeps us apart'
The nine letters, sent by Obama to his college girlfriend Alexandra McNear, are being made public to researchers through Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library
Emory University professor Andra Gillispie, director of Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, is using the letters in an upcoming book about Obama. She said the letters are not overly romantic as they span the end of the pair's relationship.
'I think of you often, though I stay confused about my feelings,' Obama wrote to McNear in 1983. 'It seems we will ever want what we cannot have; that's what binds us; that's what keeps us apart.'
But the letters aren't all angst, Gillispie said. Obama - 'clearly a person of the mind,' she said - once ripped out a New York Times book review of Rachel M. Brownstein's book, 'Becoming a Heroine' and sent it McNear, something that amused the professor.
'This is part of his courtship strategy. Okay ... Who rips out book reviews to send to their girlfriend?' Gillispie laughed. 'I think it is a sign of his proto-feminism but it is more of a, 'Wow, this is a really cerebral relationship', but I personally like the idea of a cerebral relationship. I'm a nerd too, so the nerd in me was like, "That was real cool".'
McNear married Bob Bozic (pictured) in a ceremony which appalled her mother and brought a former vagrant and one time bookmaker into their upper middle class family
McNear is now a mother-of-one last known to be running a green energy company and living in a $2million mansion in Sag Harbor, New York.
Rather than moving into the White House she