The Obamas really represent a modern couple making it work, with all the tradeoffs and turn-taking that implies.
Contrary to what the media portrays and statistics report, couples are falling in LOVE and their marriages are still standing. Marriage is some of the hardest work that you will ever do. However it is the most rewarding return that you will ever receive on this amazing investment.
Today Donald Trump intends to release a statement about a troubling time in the Obama marriage. Really Donald? Is that all you have? Mr. and Mrs Obama have had struggles like any other couple.
Here are the some of the great things the President Obama and Mrs Obama had to day about each other.
“One of the things that attracted me to Barack was his emotional honesty. Right off the bat he said what he felt. There are no games with him—he is who he appears to be. I feel fortunate as a woman to have a husband who loves me and shows me in every way.”- Source: Liz Vaccariello. “Michelle Obama’s Secrets to a Happy, Healthy Life.” Prevention.com. 11/2009.
President Barack Obama: “Sometimes, when we’re lying together, I look at her and I feel dizzy with the realization that here is another distinct person from me, who has memories, origins, thoughts, feelings that are different from my own. That tension between familiarity and mystery meshes something strong between us. Even if one builds a life together based on trust, attentiveness and mutual support, I think that it’s important that a partner continues to surprise.”-Source: Ian Kerner, Ph.D. “5 Love Lessons We Can Learn From the Obamas.” MSNBC.msn.com. 3/5/2009.
Michelle: “One of the things that attracted me to Barack was his emotional honesty. Right off the bat he said what he felt. There are no games with him—he is who he appears to be. I feel fortunate as a woman to have a husband who loves me and shows me in every way.”
Source: Liz Vaccariello. “Michelle Obama’s Secrets to a Happy, Healthy Life.” Prevention.com. 11/2009.
Barack Obama: “And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years … the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation’s next first lady … Michelle Obama.”
Source: “President-elect Barack Obama’s remarks in Chicago.” SFGate.com. 11/04/08.
Michelle: “Time and love and sacrifice and struggles make you stronger.” Source: Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, “The Obamas Get Personal”, People, August 4, 2008, page 57.
Michelle on some rough times: “Our kids got older, and then they’re in school. Their needs are different. Those early years are a whole lot of work. But the truth is that everybody struggles with it — we just don’t talk about it out loud. And then also I had to change. Because there were a lot of things time-wise that he couldn’t provide, because he was not there. So, how do I stop being mad at him, and start problem-solving, and cobble together the resources. I also had to admit that I needed space and I needed time. And the more time that I could get to myself, the less stress I felt. So it was a growth process for me individually and for us as a couple, too. [Turning to her husband] Did you grow? Have you grown any? [Laughter]“
Source: Diane Salvatore. “Barack and Michelle Obama: The Full Interview.” LHJ.com. 8/2008.