by Erika Townsend
Adversity has certainly been no stranger in the Obama campaign. As voters, we have carefully watched how Barack handled every hurdle, holding our breath to see if he cleared another potential downfall. To a large extent, a President holds the fate of our country, so it’s been important to see how he fares against challenges. As he neared the finish line, all eyes were on him, and none were more attentive than those of his wife, Michelle.
Barack and Michelle are the ultimate Power Couple. They have been successful in their careers. They have unbelievable clout. They are well connected, and thus, have enough money to buy 30 minute blocks of advertising time on major networks to get out their message. To top it all off, they could be the first African American family in the White House. Now that is a couple making major moves!
At first, it might seem obvious why they have achieved such a level of success: Both attended Ivy League schools; Michelle graduating from Princeton, and Barack earning his law degree from Harvard. They met at a law firm where Michelle was his advisor. After their marriage in 1992, she became a successful healthcare administrator, and he became an influential community leader in Chicago. Then, in Springfield, Illinois on February 2, 2007, with his family by his side, Barack announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.
It almost sounds like a fairytale until you watch the interaction between the two. Then you know it is real. The chemistry that they have is undeniable. In one video, it is evident in the way he draws her closer by placing his hand on the small of her back. It oozes out of the photo of Michelle taken as she embraced him from behind after a rally in New Hampshire. It was apparent in their fist-bump that stole the spotlight away from the campaign for a few days.
But any pair can be a Power Couple, because being a Power Couple is not necessarily about the outward achievements that you have made together. It’s the inside achievements that only the two of you know about that brought you to those public moments of glory. It is dreaming big dreams and having the courage to chase them together. It is being there for one another once times get rough. It is fighting to defend one another’s honor and exemplifying respect. It is belief in each other when the world has your backs against the wall.
“Yes We Can” doesn’t just have to be a slogan of some political campaign; it can also be the mantra on which you build your relationship.