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Quotes About the Marriage of Michelle and Barack Obama - Page 3

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Photo: Pete Souza / The White House

President-elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama share a moment after arriving at the U.S. Capitol prior to his being sworn in as president in Washington on January 20, 2009.

Photo: Pete Souza / The White House

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 to her romance is that I'm actually paying attention to things that she cares about, and time is always an important factor."
Source: Lynn Norment, Ebony, "The Hottest Couple in America", February 2007, pages 52-54.

Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church: "I always have felt in him this consciousness that, at the end of the day, with all of us, you've got to face God. Faith is key to his life, no question about it. It is central to who he is, and not just in his work in the political field, but as a man, as a black man, as a husband, as a father.... I don't think he could easily divorce his faith from who he is."
Source: Suntimes

Barack about being present to his family: "It is important that when I'm home to make sure that I'm present and I still forget stuff. As Michelle likes to say, 'You are a good man, but you are still a man.' I leave my socks around. I'll hang my pants on the door. I leave newspapers laying around. But she lets me know when I'm not acting right. After 14 years, she's trained me reasonably well."
Source: Lynn Norment, Ebony, "The Hottest Couple in America", February 2007, pages 52-54.

Michelle, about focusing on the present: "Our future is making sure Barack can get to our daughters' ballet recitals and balancing the demands of this current set of responsibilities with our need to build a strong family, and that's taking a lot of energy out of us now."
Source: Ebony, March 2006 v61 i5 p58(4)

Michelle, about keeping Sundays as family time: "People ask how I'm handling his being away, and I say he's home more now than when he was running [for office]. He's breaking his neck to get home on the weekends."
Source: Ebony, March 2006 v61 i5 p58(4)

Michelle, in 2004, about Barack running for the U.S. Senate: "I said, 'I married you because you're cute and you're smart, but this is the dumbest thing you could have ever asked me to do."
Source: Ebony, March 2006 v61 i5 p58(4)

Michelle, about fidelity in their marriage: "I never worry about things I can't affect, and with fidelity ... that is between Barack and me, and if somebody can come between us, we didn't have much to begin with."
Source: Ebony, March 2006 v61 i5 p58(4)

Michelle on why the family did not move to Washington, D.C.: "We made a good decision to stay in Chicago, to remain based in Chicago, so that has kept our family stable. There has been very little transition for me and the girls. Now he's commuting a lot, but he's the grown-up. He's the senator. He can handle it. That's really helped in keeping us grounded."
Source: Chicago Tribune, 12/24/2005.

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