I can never get enough of these two.
As individuals, they are inspiring, dedicated, and full of wisdom. As a couple, they are equally inspiring and serve as romantic role models in addition to their political and public service qualities.
In 1996, Barack said:
“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.”
Then, in his 2017 Farewell Address, he told her the following:
“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.”
In an interview with Stephen Colbert in 2018, Michelle shared the story of how they got engaged:
To the Obamas: keep on being your sweet, awesome, lovely, inspiring selves. You sure are missed.