Even though the Obamas are no longer in the White House, their legacy will live on for generations to come. Last week we said goodbye to one of the most inspirational and beautiful couples to grace the White House Barack and Michelle Obama. Over the past eight years, their beautiful marriage has inspired a nation, and we want to say THANK YOU! Can you say #relationshipgoals! Even though they have left the White House the lessons they have shared with us will continue to live on and inspire us. Here are 5 Lessons about love that the Michelle and Barack have taught us.
A Solid Foundation is Key-Best Friend Goals
In President Barack Obama’s final Speech as POTUS, he made sure to share with the world his admiration for his beautiful wife and best friend, Michelle Obama.
“For the past 25 years, you’ve not only been my wife and the mother of my children, you’ve been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own with grace, grit and style.” -Barack Obama
Honesty is vital to the growth of a successful relationship!
Without trust what do you have? Trust must be present in every aspect of a relationship. If you don’t have trust you do have a relationship. Barack Obama shared in an interview with Ladies Home Journal in 2012, what he loves most about his wife Michelle from her genuine personality to amazing sense of humor.
“Having said all those things, the quality I love most about her is, she’s honest and genuine. I think that comes across to people. They get a sense that they can trust her. You know, the word “authenticity” is overused these days. But I do think it captures what folks are looking for–not just in leaders, but also in friends and in coworkers–and that is, folks who are on the level. People like that tell you what they think and don’t have a bunch of hidden motives. That’s who Michelle is. She’s also funny. She’s the funniest person in our family.” – Barack Obama
Being Supportive is Vital to the Growth of a Relationship.
Life gets tough and having a supportive person by your side through the good times and tough times is key to the growth of the relationship. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2011, President Obama shared with Oprah Winfrey that having Michelle by his side has been a vital key to his success.
“Obviously I couldn’t have done anything that I’ve done without Michelle,” Obama told Oprah Winfrey in 2011 “You were asking earlier what keeps me sane, what keeps me balanced, what allows me to deal with the pressure. It is this young lady right here… Not only has she been a great first lady, she is just my rock. I count on her in so many ways every single day.”
You should never have to question their loyalty.
Love goes beyond good looks, fall in love with his or her character. In 2012, Michelle Obama shared with Prevention.com what attracted her to Barack.
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.”-Michelle Obama “Michelle Obama’s Secrets to a Happy, Healthy Life.” Prevention.com.
Build a Strong Partnership from the Beginning.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama brought up a good point in her interview with Oprah Winfrey about the key to her successful marriage to Barack. Oprah asked Michelle this question “What do you know for sure about marriage, being married now 18 years?” and Michelle shared with her:
“It has to be a true partnership, and you have to really really like and respect the person you’re married to because it is a hard road. I mean, that’s what I tell young couples. Don’t expect it to be easy, melding two lives and trying to raise others, and doing it forever. I mean that’s a recipe made for disaster, so there are highs and lows. But if in the end you can look him in the eye and say, ‘I like you.’ I stopped believing at love in first sight. I think you go through that wonderful love stage, but when it gets hard, you need a little bit more.”
— Michelle Obama
Thanks, Michelle and Barack for capturing our hearts as a nation and sharing with us the beauty of love. Thanks for showing the world with the right person by your side you can inspire and change a nation!