Two brilliant kids, countless adventures and 27 years later, former U.S president Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle celebrated the anniversary of their love on October 3rd, 2019 . Barack and Michelle are proof of what it means for a couple to “complement” each other. They met in 1988 when Michelle was 25 and Barack was 27. Michelle was his mentor a corporate law firm while he was still a first-year law student. While the attraction had been instant, Michelle wasn’t so sure about a relationship with her intern.
“He sounded too good to be true,” Michelle once said in an interview with David Mendell in 2008 . According to her, it would have been really “tacky” for the only two black people in the firm to be dating.
Speaking to Oprah, Barack said he’d been “struck by how tall and beautiful [Michelle] was”, and he’d even offered to quit his job so he’d get a chance to go out with her . She finally gave in and went out with him, but she didn’t make him quit his job.
“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,” he said. Seriously, they don’t get cuter than these two!
Lovers in the sunset
No marriage is one-hundred percent perfect, but Michelle and Barack would have you confused. They’ve had their fair share of struggles and hardships (marriage counseling, miscarriages, arguments strategies, and separate bathrooms), but with their dreams, ambitions, and kids, Sasha and Malia, they’ve made it work and they still have forever together.
On October 3rd this year, the couple took to their social media pages to profess their undying love for each other, yet again, as their marriage hit the 27th mark. Barack borrowed words from the Beatles as he shared a photo of him and Michelle cuddling in the sunset.
“Like the Beatles said: It’s getting better all the time. Thanks, babe, for 27 amazing years!”
Like the Beatles said: It’s getting better all the time. Thanks, babe, for 27 amazing years! pic.twitter.com/mImRqIYn1R— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 3, 2019
Michelle shared the most adorable photo of herself and her husband, staring into a camera at a beach house, smiling happily, the love clearly evident.
“27 years ago, this guy promised me a life full of adventure. I’d say he’s delivered. Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Happy anniversary, Barack,” she wrote.
27 years ago, this guy promised me a life full of adventure. I’d say he’s delivered. Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Happy anniversary, Barack. pic.twitter.com/ZKhvQGEo0B— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) October 3, 2019
The White House brought their family closer together
In her book Becoming, Michelle wrote that Barack’s political career had put a strain on their marriage and made motherhood a bigger challenge for her . When he first ran for the senate in 1996, Barack was always working.
“I understood it was nothing but good intentions that would lead him to say, ‘I’m on my way!’ or ‘Almost home!‘” she wrote. “And for a while, I believed those words. I’d give the girls their nightly bath but delay bedtime so that they could wait up to give their dad a hug.”
She later told Elle that she’d actually been “mad” at how things were at that time . “When you get married and have kids, your whole plan, once again, gets upended. Especially if you get married to somebody who has a career that swallows up everything, which is what politics is.”
However, when Barack won the elections in 2009, an ambition which Michelle had only supported because she didn’t think he would win, their lives changed for the better. Barack still worked a full schedule and was very busy, but working from home was a true blessing to them.
“That’s the beauty of living above the office: Barack is home every day,” Michelle told Oprah in 2009 . “The four of us sit down to eat as a family. We haven’t had that kind of normalcy for years. And now I can just pop over to his office, which sometimes I’ll do if I know he’s having a particularly frustrating day.”
Cheers to Michelle and Barack. We wish them many more years of happiness, love, and fulfillment.
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