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October 30th, 2009
08:46 AM ET

The Obamas’ Marriage

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way from Marine One upon return to the White House in Washington, DC."]

By Jodi Kantor
New York Times

Another Washington dusk, another motorcade, another intimate evening played out in public view. On Oct. 3, just a day after their failed Olympics bid in Copenhagen, Barack and Michelle Obama slipped into a Georgetown restaurant for one of their now-familiar date nights: this time, to toast their 17th wedding anniversary. As with their previous outings, even the dark photographs taken by passers-by and posted on the Web looked glamorous: the president tieless, in a suit; the first lady in a backless sheath.

The Obama date-night tradition stretches back to the days when the president spent half his time in Springfield, Ill., reuniting at week’s close with his wife, who kept a regular Friday manicure and hair appointment for the occasion. But five days before he ventured out for his anniversary dinner, the president lamented what has happened to his nights out with his wife.

“I would say the one time during our stay here in the White House so far that has. . . .” He paused so long in choosing his words that Michelle Obama, sitting alongside him, prompted him. “Has what?”

“Annoyed me,” the president answered.

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  1. Fred Robinson


    Any marriage takes a lot of work. However when a couple is in the public spotlight like the first couple, it must be harder.

    I think that you will agree.


    November 4, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  2. nancy

    they are human like anyone else. I agree with you "ronvan". 🙂

    November 2, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  3. ronvan

    For me this is just so cool. THE President, the most powerful man in the world, and he still MAKES, time for his family!

    October 31, 2009 at 9:40 am |