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Black Love: Barack and Michelle Obama

By Charli Penn

First Impressions

In the summer of 1989, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson heard the stories of a sharp intern named Barack Obama who’d just finished his first year at Harvard law.

“I thought, this is probably just a Black man who can talk straight. That’s why they’re excited about him,” Michelle said to supporters in a speech. Then he took her to church basements and she saw him in action. “He was able to articulate a vision that resonated with people, that was real. And right then and there, I decided this guy was special. The authenticity you see is real, and that’s why I fell in love with him.”

The Big Day

Their romance continued to blossom as they supported each other through the good and bad, including the death of Michelle’s father in 1990.

Michelle and Barack became husband and wife on October 18, 1992.

“One of the finest men I ever knew was Michelle’s dad, who worked every day despite enormous hardship to make sure his children and his family were cared for,” he told ESSENCE.

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