On October 3, 1992, Barack Obama married Michelle Robinson. Since Barack became President of the United States in 2008, the Obamas have captured our hearts with their love for one another. Obama mentions his wife in almost every speech he gives, and often showers her with PDA, even when the cameras are rolling. The two have since left the White House, but their romance lives on.
Michelle was speaking alongside Grey’s Anatomy producer Shonda Rhimes at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Tuesday – where she discussed the pressures of living in the White House and female empowerment. At the end of the talk, Ms Rhimes told her they had a surprise for her to mark her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband. Amid gasps of delight from the audience, the former US President’s face popped up on the big screen.
“Hey honey,” he said. “Listen I know you are with all these important Pennsylvanian women and you are sharing the stage with our buddy Shonda Rhimes but I had to crash this party because today we have been married 25 years. The idea that you would put up with me for a quarter of a century is a remarkable testament to what a saintly, wonderful, patient person you are.”
He praised her for being “an extraordinary partner, a great friend, somebody who could always make me laugh, somebody who could always make sure that I was following what I thought was right” as well as “an example to our daughters and to the entire country. Your strength, your grace, your determination and your honestly, the fact that you look so good doing all this … it’s no wonder that, as people got to know you the way I got to know you, they fell in love.
He ended the adorable message by saying: “It is truly the best decision that I ever made to be persistent enough asking you out for a date that you finally gave in – and I hope that you feel the same way. So, I don’t want to interrupt the flow of what I am sure is a fascinating discussion but I figured that you wouldn’t mind me parachuting in just to say how much I love you.”
On their wedding anniversary on Tuesday, the former First Lady shared a picture of her wedding day on Instagram and wrote: “Happy 25th anniversary @barackobama. A quarter of a century later, you’re still my best friend & the most extraordinary man I know. I 💕 you.”
Although speaking about female empowerment and courage, Obama couldn’t help but quip about the current political climate. Reflecting on the previous eight years that her and her former commander-in-chief husband spent in the White House, Obama said she honoured how her husband treated and respected his presidential role.
“For the last eight years, we had a standard of ethics, a lot of constraints. What it means to have a commander-in-chief that actually upholds the standards of the White House,” Obama joked as the audience cheered. When discussing the varied struggles that women face today, she highlighted a difference between what was noticeable then versus in today’s societal climate. “We as women feel like we have to be perfect all of the time. We worry too much about that. Women, minorities, the bars are different,” Obama explained. “We experienced that over the last eight years. The bar just kept moving. We’re seeing that now, quite frankly. The bar is just—,” Obama abruptly stopped, laughing as she lowered her hand further down.
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