Barack Obama’s love letters to his first girlfriend have just been released and they’re every bit as ambitious, charismatic and intellectual as you would imagine.
And obviously nothing like anything we’ve ever been sent on Valentine’s day…
The nine full letters, sent by the former US president to his then college girlfriend, Alexandra McNear, are finally being made public to researchers through Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, according to the Associated Press.
Officials said the university has had the letters since 2014, but could only make them public now.
Researchers have described his writings as ’lyrical and poetic’, offering a unique insight into the mind of a young man whose path would eventually lead to to the White House, Emory University officials added.
In one of the earliest letters, he wrote: “I trust you know that I miss you, that my concern for you is as wide as the air, my confidence in you as deep as the sea, my love rich and plentiful.”
It was signed: “Love, Barack.”
One excerpt from 1983 to McNear – who was a student at Obama’s Californian college – reads:
I think of you often, though I stay confused about my feeling. It seems we will ever want what we cannot have; that’s what binds us; that’s what keeps us apart.
In another, Obama writes:
My ideas aren’t as crystallised as they were while in school, but they have an immediacy and weight that may be more useful if and when I’m less observer and more participant.
Salaries in the community organisations are too low to survive on right now, so I hope to work in some more conventional capacity for a year, allowing me to store up enough nuts to pursue those interests next.