Michelle Obama: “He Swept Me off My Feet”

Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama had been dating for a couple of years, and she was tired of his endless debates about whether marriage still meant anything as an institution. So when President Obama launched into one of those discussions yet again over dinner at a fancy restaurant in 1991, Robinson lit into her boyfriend, […]

For the First Couple – A Whole Family is their First Priority

The April 2013 Vogue interview with the First Lady is among my favorite interviews that she has done. She spoke very openly and candidly about her life and her relationship. One quote in particular really resonated with me: “Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole.You know, we have small […]

Love Lessons from the President & First Lady: The Importance of Spending Quality Time Together

Barack about time with Michelle: “What I realize as I get older is that Michelle is less concerned about me giving her flowers than she is that “m doing things that are hard for me — carving out time. That to her is proof, evidence that I’m thinking about her. She appreciates the flowers, but […]

Love Lessons from the President & First Lady – Maintain the Sense of Surprise

“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 […]

Because Marriage is a Beautiful Thing!

“During one of the Christmas Holiday receptions at the White House, I noticed the First Lady’s hands resting on the podium as the President made brief remarks.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)