Things once got so bad the Obamas seemed headed for D-I-V-O-R-C-E!

Together for 20 years, the president and first lady nearly landed in divorce court, according to a new blockbuster book – sneak previewed by The ENQUIRER.

The bombshell book by Christopher Andersen rips the lid off the very private world of the Obamas and reveals a bittersweet love story.

The dynamic power couple seem to be the perfect happy match – but it wasn’t always that way.

"With little conversation, and even less romance and sex between the two, life in the Obama household was hell," disclosed a publishing source familiar with Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage.

"A furious Michelle was sick and tired of raising their two young girls alone while Barack was working for the Illinois State Senate.

"He wasn’t at home to help raise their girls – and Michelle demanded he play a bigger role in their daughters’ lives or they would divorce."

Disclosed the publishing source: "Michelle took out her rage on Barack because it wasn’t what she had envisioned marriage and parenthood would be. She was going it alone."

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