Michelle and Barack Obama’s relationship was under close scrutiny for the 8 years that they lived in the White House. The couple kept that side of themselves private-which is expected as the career they were in (politics) was a pressure cooker where any slip or would be punished severely.
Since they left the White House, the couple has had more freedom to express the complexities and nuances of their 28-year marriage.
Michelle recently sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey were she revealed that the couple had needed to seek the help of a counsellor after their relationship went through a rough patch.
She said that she and Obama attended couple’s therapy and after numerous sessions, they learnt how to navigate their relationship.
One lesson Michelle learned was her happiness was her responsibility and she was also not in charge of her husband’s joy. She also discovered she and the former president were different individuals who needed to celebrate and recognize their uniqueness before focusing on each other.
“It taught me that I was responsible for my own happiness. I did not marry Barack for him to make me happy. No one can make me happy. If I am going to show up equal in this partnership, I have to be able to make myself happy and so I had to stop focusing on what he was not doing and start thinking about how to carve out the life that I wanted for myself, with or without Barack” she said.
The bubbly lady admitted marriage is hard and raising a family is also harder than it seems. The 56-year-old beauty said counselling is key in marriage as couples often need an objective person to hear them out.
“We went through a tough time, we did some hard things together. But now we are out on the other end and I can look at him and I still recognise my husband. He is still the man I fell in love with,” Michelle added.
Former US first lady Michelle Obama turned 56, and her man made sure to shout about it.
Barrack shared on his social media platforms a photo collage of him being gooffy with Michelle and the world is amazed.
The black and white photos show the couple loved up with a message showing his love for wifey on her 56th birthday.
In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama ! Happy birthday, baby!
A flood of positive reactions followed the caption
Happy Birthday too Michelle
Let’s our Almighty God Bless You Abundantly..
With Your Family
Mr & Mrs Obama
Everyone should find someone that looks at them the way Barack looks at Michelle!
A very happy birthday to Michelle Obama; we miss your grace, your brilliance and your heart. 💗💗💗
Why does the President looks lit?! 😆 Happy Birthday FLOTUS
OMG my heart is melting. Happy Birthday.
Michelle Obama is one of the most admired women in the world. The reasons are legion; One, she is the wife to America’s first interracial and charismatic presidents – Barrack Obama, two she is a proud and wonderful mother and three she is an amalgamation of the work-life balance trope that many young women aspire to. Simply, she has it ALL!
Yesterday, the former first lady posted a sweet message to her husband Barack on her Instagram page concerning their marriage anniversary. In it, Michelle speaks glowingly about the man with whom she had raised two wonderful daughters with.
She also contemplated the fact that two would now have a whole house to themselves as their daughters are going their own way very soon.
The beautiful message is below;
27 years ago, this guy promised me a life full of adventure. I’d say he’s delivered. Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Happy anniversary, Barack.
Barack wasn’t left out as he also posted a message that celebrated the wonderful woman in his life. He preferred to use a Beatles quote to celebrate his woman. He wrote, ‘Like the Beatles said: It’s getting better all the time. Thanks, babe, for 27 amazing years!’
Many including George Bush’s wife Sohia Bush, congratulated the two on their happy anniversary. Quick history class; Barack 28, and Michelle Robinson, then 25, met at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where Robinson was assigned to be his mentor.
“Because I went to Harvard and he went to Harvard, and the firm thought, ‘Oh, we’ll hook these two people up,'” Michelle told ABC News.
Though she was his mentor, that didn’t stop the future President from asking Robinson on a date. She said she was not so keen at the time. “Barack, about a month in, asked me out, and I thought ‘No way. This is completely tacky,'” she told ABC News in a previous interview.
But eventually she relented, and the pair went on a date. The rest as they say is history.
The Obama’s are living their best lives in France on day three of their family vacation with some sightseeing in historic Avignon just before a Father’s Day dinner celebration for the former president.
Barack, Michelle and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha went to the Michelin-starred restaurant La Mirande in Avignon Sunday evening for dinner. The restaurant was awarded one Michelin star this year.
Michelle was seen wearing a black sundress as Malia sported a white backless jumpsuit and Sasha donned a yellow snake-skin dress with white sneakers.
Barack was also casually dressed with a blue shirt, jeans and a pair of sunglasses.
As the family left the restaurant, the former president was seen waving to bystanders.
The family was also joined by friends at the restaurant where a private guest table rate is $106 (€95) per person which includes wine. Florent Pietravalle is the restaurant’s chef who worked four years for famed chef Pierre Gagnaire.
According to the establishment’s website, La Mirande ‘delivers all the richness of its secular heritage’.
‘This timeless hideaway offers an experience of daydreaming, strolling and authenticity, in a tasteful décor, evocative of 18th century atmospheres and the relaxed lifestyle of the houses of the past.’
Earlier on Sunday, the family toured the Palais des Papes, the biggest gothic palace in the world that was built by popes in the 1300s.
There are more than 25 rooms that are open to the public such as the Grande Audience Hall and the Consistory where hearings were held, ceremonial rooms such as the Great Clementine Chapel which held official events and liturgical services, and banquet rooms such as the Grand Tinel.
According to the website, the palace visit also takes tourists into the private apartments where the pope lived, including the Papal Chamber and the Stag Room, ‘decorated with frescoes on a naturalistic, secular theme’.
It includes the Saint Martial and Saint John chapels, painted with frescoes by the Italian artist Matteo Giovannetti.Just a day before, Sasha and Malia appeared to ditch their parents for their friends as they spent a perfect summer Saturday touring the famous L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, which is famous for its wide array of antiques.
The market is one of the top tourist attractions in the idyllic Provençal town known as the ‘Venice of Provence’ thanks to the scenic Sorgue river.
The former first family arrived in Avignon in the south of France for a week’s holiday that began on Friday, just days after they were pictured celebrating daughter Sasha’s graduation from high school.
They are reportedly staying at a luxurious 18th century farmhouse on Bathelasse island, near the Provencal city.
The family will relax at the palatial Le Mas des Poiriers, rented at $61,800 (€55,000) for the week, according to a report by Le Parisien. Both daughters dressed comfortably for their day of sightseeing at the bustling market.
Malia wore a black button-down shirt with white detailing on the color and a pair of black shorts under an oversize black denim jacket.
Sasha opted for a more daring look, donning a white crop-crop top, classic blue jeans and a green military jacket topped off with a cheetah-print bucket hat.
The girls were accompanied by two pals, as well as a couple of members of the secret service.
Malia was seen sampling fresh strawberries before purchasing some to bring home to her parents.Security detail from the Gard regional police as well as the US Secret Service will surround the residence as the former first family visit the area.
The property sits on 65 acres – providing seclusion and privacy for the Obamas during their stay.
The main house features seven double bedrooms, a family room with large windows that allow for natural light illuminate the lavishly decorated space.
It also has a big farmhouse style kitchen with a large family dining table in the center.
The family will no doubt also continue birthday celebrations for Sasha who turned 18 last Monday.
She was pictured in her Class of 2019 photo wearing a white dress after graduating from Sidwell, Washington DC’s most elite private high school, which costs $40,000 per year, on Sunday.
Barack, Michelle and Malia were photographed sitting down in the stands and later mingling among the other families in attendance. Sasha is reportedly set to start at the University of Michigan in the fall.
The teen opted not to follow in Malia’s footsteps by attending an Ivy League school by allegedly turning down a place at Yale. Her 20-year-old sibling is currently enrolled at Harvard.
She was last month pictured attending her high school prom in a classic black dress. Standing arm-in-arm with her date, Chris Milton, the pair left admirers gushing on social media saying what a ‘cute couple’ the teenagers make.
And if the Obamas want to host a special meal to continue to celebrate Sasha’s graduation while they are away, their holiday home boasts a large formal dining room that seats up to 18 guests.
The house comes professionally staffed with two chefs and two waiters, as well as full-time housekeeping.
Outdoors the property boasts a pear orchard that produces six tons of fruit annually.
The former first family could also enjoy a game of tennis or swim laps in the pool, or strolls out on the gardens.
For the past week rumors had been circulating the Obamas might be staying at the magnificent home of former French Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi, high above Villeneuve, AFP reported.
Avignon was the papal seat of the Catholic Church from 1309 to 1377 and can be seen at the medieval Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) in the center of Avignon.
The former First Lady released her book in November 2018 and it shot to the top of bestseller lists immediately, selling 725,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first day.
And the sales just continue to soar. According to her publisher Penguin Random House the book has sold more than 10million copies – including hardcover, audiobooks, and e-books – since its release and could take the record as the best selling memoir in history.
‘I’m not aware, in my personal experience with Penguin Random House, that we ever sold 10 million units of a memoir,’ Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House’s chief executive, said to the Wall Street Journal.
Becoming has already shattered a number of records – it sold 2million copies in North America within 15 days of its release, making it the fastest-selling book of 2018.
It was also named the best-selling hardcover book of the year.
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama has opened up about suffering a miscarriage and how her two daughters were conceived through IVF.
In her upcoming memoir “Becoming”, she revealed how she felt like she had failed.
Michelle reveals in her new book she struggled with her fertility. The former first lady says she had a miscarriage 20 years ago.
What is a miscarriage?
Many women don’t even know that they’ve had a miscarriage (since they hadn’t known they were pregnant), thinking that it’s just a particularly heavy menstrual flow. Some women experience cramping, spotting, heavier bleeding, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, weakness, or back pain.
Some women do not experience any symptoms of miscarriage at all; however, possible miscarriage signs besides bleeding include:
Mild to severe cramps.
Pain in your back or abdomen.
Loss of pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea or vomiting.
Passing tissue or clot-like material.
It can take a few weeks to a month or more for your body to recover from a miscarriage. Depending on how long you were pregnant, you may have pregnancy hormones in your blood for 1 to 2 months after you miscarry. Most women get their period again 4 to 6 weeks after a miscarriage.
Here are some tips that may help prevent miscarriage:
Be sure to take at least 400 mg of folic acid every day, beginning at least one to two months before conception, if possible.
Even away from the White House, Michelle Obama is still keeping fit. A tradition she started while still at the White House.
Michelle has been vocal when it comes to advocating for healthy lifestyle in the US. The former First Lady shared a series of photos of a boot camp on Monday.
Now that she and Barack have moved out of the White House, 53-year-old Michelle is perpetuating the tradition, and invited her closest friends for a sunny sweat session, including plenty of planking and core-strengthening moves.
‘Even though I’m no longer at the White House, I’ve continued this tradition and wanted to share some photos,’ she said of her most recent workout pictures.
‘My girlfriends have been there for me through all kinds of life transitions over the years—including a pretty big one recently!—and we’ve done our best to stay healthy together.’
The former First Lady then encouraged her followers to find their own ways of staying active throughout the warmer months.
‘Whether it’s a bootcamp or a walk around the neighborhood, I hope you and your crew can find some time this summer to be healthy together,’ she added.
In her photos, Michelle can be seen in a white and peach tank top and a black hat, performing some impressive strengthening moves under the sunny sky.
Michelle held a challenging plank pose—thus working on her famously toned arms—and also completed some lunges among her friends.
The trainer took the group through some more mat work, which included some abs exercises.
Michelle’s friends were by her side, each on her own exercise mat, going through the routine on the grass with towels at the ready.
By the look of her toned body ,the workouts are working for her and she she should keep doing what she is doing.The good thing is that she has teenage daughters to keep her on her toes.she is not likely to age any time soon.