When we think of exemplary black couples in the public eye, perhaps the first names that come to mind are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Despite Donald Trump’s voracious appetite to dig up dirt on the First Couple, the Obamas continue to inspire us with their love and commitment and marriage that has lasted over two decades.
And finally we’re in on the secrets of how they make it work with an exclusive with Mrs. O in the November issue of Good Housekeeping, where she talks about the struggle to maintain the balance between President Obama’s demanding role and keeping up with their marriage and reveals how they make it work.
“There’s nothing that prepares you for this life,” Michelle explains, “And we’re the only two people who really understand it” before she delves deeper to explain family rituals.
“We work out together every day. I usually get up to the gym a little before he does, because I start my day a bit earlier — [I have] hair, makeup, things that he doesn’t have to do. I continue to remind him of that. He usually gets up there when I’m halfway through, so we spend the morning checking in, watching SportsCenter.”
“Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. if it means he has to go back and work afterward, he’ll do it. We pray at every meal. Our prayer — the kids usually say it — is, ‘Thank you, Lord, for the delicious food. Thank you for our friends and family and everything we have. Hope we all live long and strong. Amen.’”