Former first lady Michelle Obama has joked that her husband becoming president “didn’t end racism.”
Michelle and Barack Obama are celebrating 26 years of wedded bliss Wednesday, but she’s the first to admit that marriage can be “hard work.” In fact, the former first lady revealed in a recent Instagram post that the couple faced an obstacle on their very first day as husband and wife.
In May, she shared a throwback photo of herself and the future 44th president on their wedding day, Oct. 3, 1992.
The photo was snapped at the moment in the pair’s reception when the Barack Obama removed his new wife’s garter belt. And though both were all smiles, the former first lady explained in her caption that the day was nearly a disaster.
“You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day…with a nasty head cold,” she wrote. “Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared and we ended up dancing almost all night.”
“The idea that you would put up with me for a quarter of a century is a remarkable testament to what a saintly, wonderful, patient person you are,” he said.
“It was a lot easier for me to do it,” the former president continued with a smile, “because the fact of the matter is that not only have you been an extraordinary partner, not only have you been a great friend, somebody who could always make me laugh, somebody who would always make sure that I was following what I thought was right, but you have also been an example to our daughters and to the entire country.”
He added, “It’s no wonder that as people got to know you the way that I got to know you, they fell in love.”