The beautiful relationship shared between President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama is the epitome of Black love at its best. The way that these Harvard graduates feel about each other is very apparent because it shines through in nearly everything that they do. If you’ve ever wondered how the First Couple keeps it all together and still appear to be so very much in love after twenty years of marriage, two children, and four years in the White House, pull out your pen and pad. In their first interview together since the election, Barack and Michelle share with Barbara Walters the story behind their infamous campaign trail photograph in which they are depicted on stage in an extremely loving embrace. Barack also revealed the secret to a successful marriage.
When asked by Barbara why the two were hugging each other so tightly in the photograph, President Obama responded “Cause I love my wife.” Michelle had more to say about the photograph, expressing that the couple had been apart for a substantial amount of time due to campaign efforts.
“And also I hadn’t seen him in a while. When campaigning we were like two ships passing in the night and the first time I saw him was when I walked on stage to greet him. And that’s my honey giving me a hug,” the First Lady added.
Barbara, clearly aware of the strong bond shared between the POTUS and the FLOTUS, then asked the couple how they keep the fire in their marriage going after all of these years. Barack’s response was refreshingly insightful and so far from common clichés that many married couples are known for dishing out.
“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.”
It sounds so simple, but when you think about it, it makes so much sense. Many couples head for the hills at the first sign of turbulence, but a love that endures tests and trials is a love that will continue to grow.
Check out a clip of the interview on the following page. What do you think of President Obama’s explanation for keeping his love alive?