The former POTUS and FLOTUS are pretty much the paradigm of #marriagegoals. And yesterday (3 Oct), they celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. Both posted photos on social media, along with the sweetest captions dedicated to their other half.
Michelle Obama went with a touching message together with a photo that shows two standing on a porch looking out onto a marina.
While Barack captioned a picture of the pair gazing at the sunset with a quote from the Beatles’ song Getting Better.
Initially assigned togther at a law firm, they dated for a few years before getting engaged, and tied the knot on October 3, 1992. They have two daughters: Malia, 21 and Sasha, 18.
Below, we’ve gathered nuggets of relationship wisdom from the inspiring duo that we think every couple should read.
MARRIAGE IS A CHOICE
In the same interview, the Becoming author added “And ladies and gentleman, that’s why it’s so important to marry somebody that you respect. It’s important to marry somebody who is your equal, and to marry somebody and to be with somebody who wants you to win as much as you want them to win.”
Barack Obama had offered his insights on marriage to Dan Pfeiffer, his former communications director, who in turn included it in his new book, Yes We Still Can: Policitics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump.
“Here’s the advice I give everyone about marriage – is she someone you find interesting? You will spend more time with this person than anyone else for the rest of your life, and there is nothing more important than always wanting to hear what she has to say about things,” he notes.
Read the rest of his other tips on finding The One.
SET ASIDE COUPLE TIME
CONSIDER (AND REALLY CONSIDER) MARRIAGE COUNSELLING
INJECT HUMOUR INTO YOUR RELATIONSHIP
You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October, 1992 with a nasty head cold. Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared and we ended up dancing almost all night. Twenty five years later, we’re still having fun, while also doing the hard work to build our partnership and support each other as individuals. I can’t imagine going on this wild ride with anybody else.
IT’S IN THE LITTLE THINGS
BUT ALSO DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
I kind of give him a pass now when he leaves his socks on the floor or tells that story for the one hundredth time and wants us to laugh about it as if we first heard it.” – Michelle Obama on The Ellen Denegeres Show.
TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
Gender equality starts at home for the power couple.
Talking to Vogue, Barack said, “It’s not as if Michelle is thinking in terms of, ‘How do I cater to my husband?’ I think it’s much more, ‘We’re a team, and how do I make sure that this guy is together enough that he’s paying attention to his girls and not forgetting the basketball game that he’s supposed to be going to on Sunday?'”