Michelle Obama Shares Wise Relationship Advice: "Marry Your Equal"

This past Saturday, former First Lady Michelle Obama graced the attendees of the Essence Festival with her words of wisdom. The mother of two covered everything from her time serving as First Lady, to her marriage to former President Barack Obama. 

During her sit down with CBS host Gayle King, she shared some insight on making a marriage work.  

“My husband is my teammate. If we are going to win this game together, he has to be strong and he has to be okay with me being strong. I do not want a weak player on my team, nor does he. But sometimes, we accept weak in one another because it feels easy. And be cautious of the man or woman who wants just the easy person.”


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The 55-year-old also looked back at her first date with Barack, joking about how he failed to make a good impression because he was late. 

“He showed up late, and he has that walk like ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, I was late,” She joked, while imitating her husbands walk. “And I was like ‘alright dude, you late on your first date, and you’re not even rushing?’ He has that Hawaii slow walk, [when] he walked off I kind of looked at him like ‘Hmmm.. ok!’”

Barack and Michelle got married in October 1992 and share two children. They had their marriage put to the test when Barack ran for president in 2008 and later served two terms. 

“[...] It’s so important to marry somebody that you respect,” she said. “It’s important to marry somebody who is your equal, and to marry somebody and to be with somebody who wants you to win as much as you want them to win.”

We’re glad these two are still going strong! What is your favorite piece of marriage advice? Let us know in the comments - and make sure you pass this along to your friends and family!