These Cute Revelations About the Barack and Michelle Obama Love Story will Make You Want to Watch Netflix’s Becoming Right Away!
Everybody loves the story of a power couple, and when it comes to the Former President Barack Obama and his lovely wife Michelle, the journey is all the more ‘becoming.’ Having been together for 31 years and traversed a journey from being young students in prestigious Ivy League universities to successful lawyers to being the poster children for companions in politics, they have done it all.
Even then, Netflix’s new documentary which is a companion to Michelle’s bestselling book from 2018 and gives us a bird’s eye view of the Obamas’ private life still comes as a welcome addition to our weekend watch because they’ve always managed to keep that part under wraps. The film follows Michelle on her book tour post their tenure at the White House while also giving us intriguing insights on her family life, including special appearances by daughters Malia and Sasha, brother Craig, her mother, and her husband. But what has audiences intrigued the most is the part when Michelle reminisces on her and Barack Obama’s love story since the time they met at a law firm in Chicago. Here is everything that is revealed.
First Meeting: In 1989, Michelle Robinson (who was a Harvard University alumni) was asked to show the new guy at her firm, Barack Obama, around the office. She says it’s probably because he was a Harvard graduate too.
In an interview in 2007, the former President shared his first impressions on the First Lady and said that he was immediately struck by her beauty and how tall she was. Even now, he considers his luck that she was signed on as his mentor on a job that he took to pay off his student loans. It was also revealed that while the entire office went into a tizzy over Barack’s good looks as well, it would take a while before Michelle would warm up to him citing that she was initially ‘unimpressed.’ Over the course of the next few weeks, Barack would ask her out several times and Michelle would keep refusing. Of course, according to her memoir, it is because not only was she not invested in dating due to her workload but also because she and the former President shared a professional relationship. In a gesture that we very rarely hear of, Mr Obama offered to quit his job to get to take her out. Finally, she agreed and neither had to lose their job to do it.
First Date: A lot is already known about the Obamas’ first date because the events of that day have been recreated across the media by several publications (including a movie on that very topic). But in the summer of 1989, Michelle and Barack’s first date was all that we’d expect from this classy and cultural couple, and precisely what attracted them to each other as well.
The two had lunch outside the Art Institute of Chicago (a world-renowned museum and institution) followed by a screening of a Spike Lee movie. The famous kiss on a park bench after a stop for ice cream was what some of the most romantic dreams are made of. In an interview, Barack Obama revealed that after having Baskin Robbins post-lunch, the kiss ‘tasted like chocolate.’ According to the memoir, that moment had already sealed the deal for Michelle.
The Proposal: With a rather traditional first date like that, the proposal was bound to be pretty simple, sweet and traditional as well. After having dated for two years, Barack decided to propose to Michelle at the famous and now defunct Gordon restaurant in Chicago. The date was to celebrate him having passed the bar exam.
With the help of a waiter at the restaurant, the ring was placed in the dessert. The romantic Barack Obama got down on one knee and the shocked Michelle accepted.
Wedding Bells: Chicago played an important role in the couple’s courtship. Since they met and spent their dating years in the city, Barack and Michelle married at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago on October 3, 1992. Both Barack and Michelle’s brothers served as best man and the one who gave Michelle away, respectively. Their first dance was to Stevie Wonder’s ‘You and I’ and the couple celebrated their honeymoon in California.
Michelle revealed that in his vows (which both wrote themselves), Barack promised her an “interesting life.” If the last 31 years are anything to go by, it has certainly been an adventure.
Children: As if in some kind of divine blessing, the Obamas welcomed their first daughter Malia on America’s Independence Day, July 4 in 1998. At the moment, Malia is a student at her parents’ alma mater Harvard University. During the quarantine, she is taking her classes from home. Her younger sister Sasha was born in 2001 and was the youngest person to ever live in the White House at seven. She is a first-year student at the University of Michigan. Both parents were visibly emotional when dropping her off to college for the first time.
Senator Obama: In 2004, Barack Obama was elected to serve as a state senator to Illinois between 2005 and 2008, which is when he first came into the public eye. Michelle has been with him since before he started his big-time political career.
President Obama: In 2008, Barack Obama was sworn in as the President of the United States of America after defeating Republican nominee John McCain. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2011, Michelle said, “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,” and gave the advice, “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 in love at first sight. I think you go through that wonderful love stage, but when it gets hard, you need a little bit more.” During their first tenure, they enjoyed many exciting moments together.
In 2012, Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President, this time defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney. That year, Michelle revealed that he was her biggest supports, in an interview.
Film Adaptation: Of course it’s a romantic story that everyone is obsessed with, so a filmic adaptation was inevitable. Southside with You was an independent film which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2016, chronicling the events of Michelle and Barack’s first date. Starring Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers, the film was critically acclaimed.
The Couple, Now: While their tenure at the White House ended in 2016, Michelle and Barack’s legacy has been captured in many ways across the cultural and political history of the USA and even outside it. Meanwhile, in the last few years, Michelle has published ‘Becoming,’ but the couple still continue doing their philanthropic work.
For more such stories, watch Becoming, the documentary on Michelle Obama, now streaming on Netflix.