|Genieveve Cook is a former girlfriend|
The article continues: "The article continues: "Obama was 22 and living in New York when he started 'his most serious romance yet' with Cook in 1983, Maraniss writes in Barack Obama: The Story (Simon & Schuster, $32.50), excerpted in the June issue of Vanity Fair. (The book will be released on June 19.) He was 'guarded, controlled,' a man who built a 'veil' around himself, Cook wrote in her journal as she puzzled over how they could be so close — yet so far apart at the same time. 'When she told him that she loved him,' Cook recalled for Maraniss, 'his response was not ‘I love you too,’ but ‘thank-you” — as though he appreciated that someone loved him.'"
More: "McNear was a friend from when Obama attended Occidential College in California, 'who had enchanted Obama when she was co-editing' a campus literary magazine. The more profound relationship was with Cook, three years older than Obama, the daughter of an Australian diplomat who — as did he — lived for a time in Indonesia. 'Day by day, week by week, her perceptions of him became more complicated,' Maraniss writes about Cook’s journal entries..."
|6 years later, he met Michelle Robinson|
More: "Early in Barack’s relationship with Genevieve, he had told her about 'his adolescent image of the perfect ideal woman' and how he had searched for her 'at the expense of hooking up with available girls.' Who was this ideal woman? Genevieve conjured her in her mind, and it was someone other than herself. She wrote, 'I can’t help thinking that what he would really want, be powerfully drawn to, was a woman, very strong, very upright, a fighter, a laugher, well — experienced — a black woman I keep seeing her as.”