The Obama’s are by far one of the most inspiring presidential couples to have set foot in the White house. Rarely there are couples who live their lives in the spotlight who have actually stayed together for longer than a decade. The high pressure of having to lead public lives, as well as being exposed to polarizing opinions from people who don’t even know you but project things onto your public persona can break any relationship.
In the years of the Obama presidency, the majority of the public was astonished to witness the exemplary life that the Obamas have shared for the last 27 years. It seems like a relationship that anyone would dream of.
In several interviews given over the extended period of time, both Barack and Michelle have pointed out that they thrive off of each other and their willingness to live life uninhibited of the gravitational pull of fear and doubts. They take every day as it comes.
I wanted to let their words speak for themselves since I reckon they are highly gifted when it comes to communicating an idea.
1.”I met Michelle in 1988, after my first year of law school, when I took a summer job at Sidley & Austin, a law firm in Chicago. Michelle worked at Sidley, too, and, in the luckiest break of my life, was assigned to be my advisor, charged with helping me learn the ropes. I remember being struck by how tall and beautiful she was. I asked her out. She refused. I kept asking. She kept refusing.
“I’m your advisor,” she said. “It’s not appropriate.” Finally, I offered to quit my job, and at last, she relented. On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate.” – Barack Obama for oprah.com
Source: MTV News
2. “Michelle and I know that our first job, our first responsibility, is instilling a sense of learning, a sense of a love of learning in our kids. And so there are no shortcuts there; we have to do that job. And we can’t just blame teachers and schools if we’re not instilling that commitment, that dedication to learning, in our kids.”
3. “What I value most about my marriage is that it is separate and apart from a lot of the silliness of Washington, and Michelle is not part of that silliness.”
Source: The Obama Diary
4. “We’ve been married now twenty years, and like every marriage, you have your ups and you have your downs, but if you work through the tough times the respect and love that you feel deepens.”
5. “Our relationship was first a friendship. It took off from there.” – Michelle Obama for Ian Kerner, Ph.D.
6. “If you were going to list the 100 most popular things that I have done as president, being married to Michelle Obama is number one.”
Source: Huffington Post
7. “When they go low, we go high.”- referring to self-dignity in her Democratic National Convention speech.
8. “It’s one of many ways that Barack shows me and the girls how special we are. And that’s the thing that touches me about him. I don’t care what’s on his plate. I don’t care what he’s struggling with. When he steps off that elevator into our residence he is Barack and dad. And there’s just those little things that you do that remind you, that you know, I still got ya.”
Source: KSN News
9. “I loved Barack just the way he was. Our life before moving to Washington was filled with simple joys. Saturdays at soccer games, Sundays at Grandma’s house. And a date night for Barack and me was either dinner or a movie, because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both. He was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by through a hole in the passenger-side door.”
Source: The Guardian
10. “Having said all those things, the quality I love most about her is, she’s honest and genuine. I think that comes across to people. They get a sense that they can trust her. You know, the word “authenticity” is overused these days. But I do think it captures what folks are looking for–not just in leaders, but also in friends and in co-workers–and that is, folks who are on the level. People like that tell you what they think and don’t have a bunch of hidden motives. That’s who Michelle is.”
11. “Over the next several weeks, we saw a lot of each other at work. She was kind enough to take me to a few parties, and never once commented on my mismatched and decidedly unstylish wardrobe.”- Barack Obama commenting on their joint time spent together at the law firm in which they met.
12. “… the Obama marriage represents a much more modern kind of White House romance: Two people who’ve both had important careers, who are trying to balance professional success with family stability, who are both playful with each other and mutually respectful, and who aren’t afraid to display their affection and chemistry _ again and again.” – The Associated Press on the Obama’s.
Source: Zepp Feed
13. “She’s also funny. She’s the funniest person in our family.”
Source: Daily Mail
14. “On Oct. 3, 1992, Barack and I were married in Chicago — and every day since, I’ve grown prouder and more in love with him.” – Michelle commenting on their 20th anniversary.
Source: Huffington Post
15. During his last speech, Mr. Obama honored his wife and first lady with words that command admiration and respect! “For the past 25 years, you’ve not only been my wife and the mother of my children, you’ve been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own with grace, grit and style.”