Barack and Michelle: Their Marriage Secrets

An inside look at the First Couple's life together.
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Barack and Michelle: Their Marriage Secrets

An inside look at the First Couple’s life together.

-Christopher Andersen

Obamas Inauguration Day

Jackie Kennedy spoke for nearly every First Lady in recent memory when she reached for Arctic metaphors to describe her marriage to JFK. “We are like two icebergs,” she said, “the public life above the water, the private life submerged.” In the case of Barack and Michelle Obama, everything seems to be pretty much above the water line. From the moment they stepped on the national stage five short years ago, the Obamas have made the conscious decision to let us in on their troubles — both small (he snores, she nags) and big (Michelle calls their daughter Sasha’s bout with meningitis as an infant “the nightmare that brought us closer together.”) But there are still some things about the First Couple you may not know:

When they met, Michelle was the one with the big career. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988 — three years before Barack — she went straight to work in the intellectual and copyright department of Chicago’s Sidley Austin, one of the world’s biggest law firms. By the time Barack arrived there as a summer intern assigned to Michelle (“Barack Obama? Who names their kid Barack Obama? He grew up in Hawaii! Who grows up in Hawaii?”), she was already handling the trademark interests of two of the firm’s biggest clients: Barney the purple dinosaur of children’s television fame, and Coors Beer.

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