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Barack Obama has been married to Michelle Obama since October 3, 1992. They have been married for 26.9 years.

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Barack Obama

Politics - President

Why Famous: 44th and First African-American President of the United States of America

Age: 58 (b. 8/4/1961)

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Michelle Obama

Politics - Other

Why Famous: Wife of Barack Obama and First African-American First Lady of The United States of America

Age: 55 (b. 1/17/1964)

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Relationship Timeline

Event Start Date Length
Dating 1989 2 years
Engaged 1991 1.8 years
Married 10/3/1992 26.9 years
 Total30.8 years

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Malia Ann7/4/199821 yrs.FemaleBiological
Natasha 'Sasha'6/10/200118 yrs.FemaleBiological

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Where and/or how did Barack Obama and Michelle Obama meet?

In 1989, Michelle was working at the downtown Chicago law firm of Sidley and Austin and assigned the role of advisor to a summer associate from Harvard, Barack Obama.

Why did Barack Obama and Michelle Obama break up?


Other Relationship Information about Barack Obama and Michelle Obama:

Michelle said she fell in love with him for the same reason many other people respect him; his connection with people. After refusing to go out with him for a month, she agreed to go to dinner and then to a movie, Do the Right Thing on their first date.

On October 18, 1992, Michelle and Barack's wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.

Barack and Michelle return most every Christmas to Hawaii where his sister still lives and late grandmother lived.

Senator Obama acknowledges his wife was resistant at first to the idea of his running for president two years into his first Senate term.

President Barack Obama wrote a Father's Day message acknowledging his own shortcomings as a dad to daughters: "I know I have been an imperfect father. I know I have made mistakes. There were many days out on the campaign trail when I felt like my family was a million miles away and I knew I was missing moments of my daughters' lives that I'd never get back. It is a loss I will never fully accept. We need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one. I think back to the day I drove Michelle and a newborn Malia home from the hospital nearly 11 years ago. I think about the pledge I made to her that day: that I would give her what I never had, that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father."

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Classic Quotes by Barack Obama and Michelle Obama about their relationship:

"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." Michelle Obama
"Barack didn't pledge riches, only a life that would be interesting. On that promise he's delivered." Michelle Obama
"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." Michelle Obama
"It's hard and that's why Barack is such a grateful man." Michelle Obama
"That's silly talk. Talk to my wife. She'll tell me I need to learn to just put my socks on the hamper." Barack Obama
"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." Barack Obama 2/2007
"What I realize as I get older is that Michelle is less concerned about me giving her flowers than she is that I'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." Barack Obama 2/2007
"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." Michelle Obama 3/2006
"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." Michelle Obama 3/2006
"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." Michelle Obama 2004
"We need to change the face of the conversation, ladies. We sat back too long, suffering in silence, avoiding these challenges. We can't do that any longer. We need a man, a persona who happens to be man, who is ready to help us turn the page to bring a new conversation to the table, to change the lives of women and the children across America." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"I know who I need to be. I've come to know myself at the age of 43. Now maybe if I were 23 or 33, I'd still be struggling with that, but I'm a grown-up. And I've seen it up, and I've seen it down, and I know who I need to be to stay true to who I am to keep my family on track. We don't always figure that out for ourselves as women." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"There's no doubt that a lot of women identify with Michelle, because she's prototypical of women who came of age when they had career opportunities that didn't exist in the past, yet they continue to cherish and value their family lives. Barack Obama 9/2007
"I thought, 'This is probably just a Black man who can talk straight. That's why they're excited about him." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"He connected with me and everyone in that church basement, just like he is connecting with you. He was able to articulate a vision that resonated with people, that was real. And right then and there, I decided this guy was special. The authenticity you see is real and that's why I fell in love with him." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"Our challenges get publicized and I see that as a gift to let people know there is no magic to this. If that means that the country needs a more traditional first lady, well, I can do that. It would not emasculate me, but it wouldn't look like everybody else's; it would have a Michelle Obama flair to it, right? Because I am who I am." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"I know that I can't do it all. I cannot be involved in a presidential campaign, hold down a full-time senior-level position, get my kids to camp and exercise and eat right. I know I can't do it all, so forgive me for being human...but I'm going to put it on the table. You've got to make trade-offs in life. I'm okay with that. I've come to realize I am sacrificing one set of things in my life for something else potentially really positive." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"That tends not to be the role Michelle likes to play. She knows she's got influence with me and doesn't need to be overt to let her opinions get known." Barack Obama 9/2007
"I'm here not just because i'm the wife of a candidate. Because this is hard, this is really a hard thing. This isn't a natural choice to be made in your life. It's strange, all this. I'm here as a woman, as a mother, as a citizen of this country...and I am so tired of the way things are." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"Something might happen, but you know what? Something really powerful might also happen and you might grow and learn and benefit others. We've let fear squash us for real legitimate reasons, but if you focus on fear, you do nothing." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"We haven't had a lot of peace and quiet over the last four years. Michelle's always had veto power and always will, over decisions that have a direct impact on her." Barack Obama 9/2007
"I took myself down every dark road you could go on, just to prepare myself before we jumped out there. Are we emotionally, financially ready for this? I dreamed out all the scenarios. The bottom line is, man, the little sacrifice we have to make is nothing compared to the possibility of what we could do if this catches on." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"I tell myself all the time, we're supposed to take the risk. In the end, I think we have an obligation to give it a shot, to do our best, to give people a choice." Michelle Obama 9/2007
"You tell 'em like I tell my mother, to not make a choice based on fear. If you focus on the fear, you do nothing. You're frozen in place and we've been frozen in place for too long." Michelle Obama 10/2007
"As president, obviously the day I am inaugurated, the racial dynamics in this country will change to some degree. If you've got Michelle as first lady, and Malia and Sasha running around on the South Lawn, that changes how America looks at itself. It changes how White children think about Black children and it changes how Black children think about Black children." Barack Obama 10/2007
"You cannot wait for Barack to emote us into change. He's going to stumble. He's gonna make mistakes." Michelle Obama 10/2007
"I'm not afraid to lose. When Michelle and I talked about this, our attitude was, 'it's only worth it if we get out of this whole on the other end; if we haven't given up who we are; if we're pushing the envelope a little." Barack Obama 10/2007
"The biggest thing that happened to my kids this summer wasn't...their dad securing the nomination. They got to meet the Jonas Brothers." Michelle Obama
"Even though the kids are supposed to do a lot of the work, I'm still up at 5:15 a.m. taking my dog out. So for everyone who has a child asking for a puppy, you have to want the dog. As I do. I love my Bo. I feel like I've never left Chicago. Soccer on Saturday...yes, I'm on a soccer field all day just like many of you. Slumber parties. We had about seven girls over, screaming and yelling. And we're shuttling kids back and forth to play dates, just like usual. The girls are happy and healthy. They love their school. They're making friends. They're getting good grades." Michelle Obama 5/1/2009
"Our hopes are that the White House will seem open and fun and full of life and energy. And sleepovers." Michelle Obama
"I think it sort of went from Pumpkin to Pumpski." Michelle Obama
"How good-looking is my wife?" Barack Obama
"They ran right for [their new playground]. They were really, really excited!" Michelle Obama 3/4/2009
"He's always asking, 'Is that new? I haven't seen that before.' It's like, 'Why don't you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet!'" Michelle Obama 4/2009
"They actually go over to other kids' houses and the parents get frisked." Barack Obama
"There is nothing like the look on his face when Malia dresses up for a party, and she's heading out and walks past him. You can see his face just drop a little bit...People think the gray is from his job. It's from his children." Michelle Obama
"This is the man who still boasts about 'this khaki pair of pants I've had since I was 20.' And I'm like, 'You don't want to brag about that.'" Michelle Obama
"I haven't had a cigarette in probably six years. That's beacuase I'm scared of my wife." Barack Obama
"We're the last people our kids want to be with. I think they're conditioning us for that empty nest syndrome, but we're not relishing that at all. We don't know what we're going to do. I got to get him some more hobbies. I threaten them that I'm going to buy an apartment near their campus and visit and sit in their classes, but that's an idle threat. Barack and I take great joy in embarrassing our children. We threaten them. Sometimes when you see me whispering to them in a crowd I'm saying, 'Sit up or I'm going to embarrass you. I'm going to start dancing!' And they're like, 'No, mom. Please don't. Stop!' But we get that. Our kids are as humiliated by us as the next. They take it in good stride. They put up with us. I'm going to be happy to see them thriving on campus work study jobs, traveling and having all these wonderful independent experiences that are going to make them phenomenal people." Michelle Obama 4/1/2015
"I give him a pass now when he leaves his socks on the floor or tells that story for the hundredth time." Michelle Obama

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