The President-Elect And The Future First Lady’s Relationship, From The Beginning

Come January 20, the White House will have some new residents. The highly attractive Obamas look like the cutest, most well-balanced couple ever, but it wasn’t always that way. Even this seemingly perfect couple had some hard times. Below, a run-down of Barck and Michelle’s relationship. We hope their PDAs won’t stop now that he’s been elected.

  • The two met when Michelle was assigned mentor summer associate Barack Obama’s at Chicago law firm Sidley and Austin.
  • Michelle has said before they met, she “wasn’t expecting much” and thought he had a strange name.
  • It took Michelle a long time to agree to go on a date with Barack.
  • On their first date, they went to the Art Institute, strolled down Michigan Avenue, had a drink at the top of the John Hancock Center, and watched Spike Lee’s movie “Do the Right Thing.”
  • They shared their first kiss over Baskin-Robbins ice cream while sitting on a curb. “I asked her if I could kiss her,” Obama wrote in The Audacity of Hope. “It tasted of chocolate.”
  • The night Barack proposed, the couple went to Gordon’s (now Naha) on Clark Street in Chicago for a fancy dinner. Before the ring was delivered on her dessert plate, Michelle had been lecturing Barack about how he needed to get serious about their relationship. Michelle remembers that he said, “That kind of shuts you up, doesn’t it?”
  • Barack and Michelle were married on Oct. 18, 1992, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. They honeymooned on the California coast.
  • When speaking at a gala this year, Barack told the crowd that he and Michelle would be celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary the next week. They actually celebrated their 16th anniversary — oops!
  • He gave her a bouquet of white roses and baby’s breath for their 15th, er…16th wedding anniversary.
  • The couple has two children, Malia Ann, who was born in 1998, and Natasha, called Sasha, who was born in 2001.
  • In The Audacity of Hope Barack wrote that there was a time in their marriage when they were barely on speaking terms. The hard times for them were when their daughters were very young, and Barack was away a lot.
  • They both feel that campaigning for the presidency made their relationship stronger. “Time and love and sacrifice and hard struggles, I think, make you stronger,” Michelle told People.
  • The couple continues to have date nights to keep their relationship alive.
  • Barack said that if Michelle had told him that she didn’t want him to run for president, he wouldn’t have done it.
  • They’ve said lot of sweet things about each other.