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Quotes About the Marriage of Michelle and Barack Obama

Obama Marriage Quotes

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Michelle and Barack Obama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 21, 2008.

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Michelle and Barack Obama have spoken publicly about their marriage before and throughout the presidential campaign. Since being elected to the presidency, the marriage of Barack and Michelle is under more scrutiny. Here are some quotes about their life together.

Michelle: "We try to do date nights; it's a little tough. Barack has a 20-car motorcade, men with guns, the ambulance is always there. How romantic can you be?"
Source: Rebecca Adams. "Michelle Obama Talks Dates With The President On Jimmy Fallon." HuffingtonPost.com. 2/24/2013.

Michelle: “So when people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago ... And I didn't think it was possible, but today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago...even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met. I love that he's never forgotten how he started.”
Source: "Transcript: Michelle Obama's Convention Speech." NPR.org. 9/04/2012.

Michelle: "I have freed myself to put me on the priority list and say, yes, I can make choices that make me happy, and it will ripple and benefit my kids, my husband, and my physical health. That’s hard for women to own; we’re not taught to do that. It’s a lesson that I want to teach my girls so they don’t wait for their "aha" moment until they’re in their 30s like I was (laughs). Maybe they can experience it a little earlier."
Source: Liz Vaccariello. "Michelle Obama's Secrets to a Happy, Healthy Life." Prevention.com. 11/2009.

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.

Michelle: "Cute's good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it's, 'Who are you as a person?' Don't look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul. When you're dating a man, you should always feel good. ... You shouldn't be in a relationship with somebody who doesn't make you completely happy and make you feel whole."
Source: Michael Y. Park. "Michelle Obama's Secrets to Finding a Great Guy." People.com. 10/28/2009.

Michelle: "Having that "sense of security allows you to take risks. People think that it comes from wealth or generations of access and success, but it doesn't. The security of your parents' love really gives you the foundation to think that you can fly. And then you do."
Source: Stephen M. Silverman. "Michelle Obama's Mother Leads Daughter's Fan Club." People.com. 4/07/2009.

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 Obama: “Our relationship was first a friendship. It took off from there.”
Source: Ian Kerner, Ph.D. "5 Love Lessons We Can Learn From the Obamas." MSNBC.msn.com. 3/5/2009.

Andrew Romano: "... I think it's the Obamas' willingness to act in public much how they act in private—open, informal, flirtatious—that has incited most of the swooning. uch how they act in private—open, informal, flirtatious -- that has incited most of the swooning. At the Youth Ball, I noticed the president do something that's impossible to imagine any of his predecessors doing: resting his head, eyes closed, on Michelle's shoulder."
Source: Andrew Romano. "Our Model Marriage." Newsweek 2/23/2009.

Stephanie Coontz: "What the Obamas have is a jocular, playful love, a mutual respect, and on Michelle's part, a lack of awe and of adoration."
Source: Associated Press. "Obama Marriage Inspires Fascination, Imitation." MSNBC.com. 2/12/2009.

Associated Press: "... the Obama marriage represents a much more modern kind of White House romance: Two people who've both had important careers, who are trying to balance professional success with family stability, who are both playful with each other and mutually respectful, and who aren't afraid to display their affection and chemistry _ again and again."
Source: Associated Press. "Obama Marriage Inspires Fascination, Imitation." MSNBC.com. 2/12/2009.

Alice Thomas: "For him to regard her and treat her and show and express unabashedly, unashamedly, his love for her, his love for her intelligence, respecting her, romancing her, smiling at her — for the world to see that exchange between a powerful black man and a powerful black woman, I think it’s what is everlasting about this,” Thomas said. “I don’t think we can point to another power black couple like that.”
Source: DeNeen L. Brown, Richard Leiby. "The Very Image of Affirmation." WashingtonPost.com. 11/21/2008.

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.

Tonya Lewis Lee asked Michelle, "How do you and Barack deal with being apart for an extended period?": "We have adjusted to maintaining a really solid relationship at a distance. We talk every day, every night. If we have a moment, no matter how tired we are, we go on a date."
Source: Tonya Lewis Lee. "Michelle Obama Looks Back (And Ahead!) Lifestyle.msn.com.

Barack Obama: "... "it's [the] tension between familiarity and mystery that makes for something strong, because, even as you build a life of … mutual support, you retain some sense of surprise or wonder about the other person."
Source: Andrew Romano. "Our Model Marriage." Newsweek 2/23/2009.

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