Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated their 25th anniversary last Tuesday. Ever busy and committed to good causes, Michelle was at the Pennsylvania Conference for Woman, where Shonda Rhimes interviewed her.
The two discussed where the bar is set for minorities, where female minorities fit in versus a female of another race. They talked about woman using their voice, speaking up and speaking out. They talked about the wonderful eight years the Obamas were in the White House, and how to bring diversity to Congress.
And then it happened…Barack showed up in a pre-recorded video. “Hey, honey,” he said. He praised his wife, and mother to his children, calling her “saintly, wonderful” and a “patient person.”
Barack told the world what an “extraordinary partner” Michelle has been. He praised her for being an example for their daughters and “to the entire country.”
“It’s no wonder that as people got to know you the way I got to know you, that they fell in love. It’s truly the best decision I ever made to be persistent enough to ask you out on a date that you finally gave in, and I hope you feel the same way,” Barack beamed.
Grab those tissues…you’re going to need them.
It was just 9 months ago when Barack took the stage in Chicago, as the outgoing president, he thanked the American people for “keeping him honest, keeping him inspired, and keeping him going,” and to call on all of us to reject extremism and intolerance and chauvinism in favor of compassion.
And then, in the final moments of his farewell address, Barack Obama fought back tears as he thanked his wife Michelle. “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson of the South Side,” he said, “for the past 25 years you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend.”
We should all be so lucky, to have a relationship like the Obamas have.