Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to list some famous political couples in this (holy) story.
Jokes apart. Let's admit to the axiom which states, Behind every successful man, there's a woman. But, running in parallel with the subject of the story, let's reframe it to:
Behind every successful President, there is the First Lady.
These famous politicians' wives justify the glory of the axiom mentioned above. Read on.
They rarely talk about their relationship, but the Clintons, have quite a knack for entitling themselves as a 'team'. Albeit their marriage, till now, was a topsy-turvy expedition, but it has endured career ambition, extramarital affairs, numerous relocations, children, grandchildren.
In an interview, the former President stated:
"Whenever I had trouble, she was a rock in our family. I trust her with my life, and have on more than one occasion."
He remembered one of the incidents:
"I was the youngest former governor in American history in 1980 on election night. I got killed in the Reagan landslide," Clinton remembered. "People I had appointed to office would walk across the street, they were so afraid of the new regime in Arkansas, and would not shake hands with me. My career prospects were not particularly bright. And she never blinked. She just said, 'Hey. It'll turn around. I believe in you. You've got this," he said.
"We built a life together based on the things we cared about, the things that we loved. We were blessed with a daughter who turned out pretty well I would say. We have been very blessed."
Richard Nixon was a hopeless romantic. He fell for Pat the first time he met her at a community theater for roles in the play Dark Shadows. Despite his repute for being a disregardful husband in public, Richard was a sentimental partner.
"I am certainly not the Romeo type…I may not say much when I am with you-but all of me loves you all the time." -Richard to Pat, 1942
During the 1950s, Pat and Dick were celebrated as cultural icons.
"I like to tell the gang how smart you are as well as being the most attractive person they'll every see." -Richard to Pat, 1943
Pat and Richard functioned brilliantly as team-mates and emissaries for the United States across the world. Reporters called her a "diplomat in high heels," and a "phenomenon of our times." Moreover, she was a strong advocate for women's rights in the United States and internationally.
"Thinking of our years together and loving you every minute of the time." -Richard to Pat, 1943
In June 1993, Pat died of cancer. Richard Nixon was devastated.
In an interview with SuperSoul Sunday, Jimmy Carter unveiled the secret to his 70-year marriage. The gist was, "I let her do her thing; she lets me do my thing."
Despite their dichotomy of notions, they endure and respect the differences to celebrate their winsome union.
Michelle Robinson worked at a law firm as an advisor to a summer associate from Harvard Law. His name was Barack Obama. He didn't love corporate law world, but soon he started falling for Michelle. On their first date, Michelle said:
"We clicked right away...by the end of the date, it was over...I was sold."
"And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years ... the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady ... Michelle Obama."--Barack Obama, Chicago, April 11, 2008.
Personally, the Obamas are my favorite 'team'.
The Adams were the 'Power Couple' way before the Obamas. Once upon a time, in a small town of Massachusetts, there lived a typical 18th-century love story. Abigail Smith and John Adams got married in 1764, and their beautiful relationship blossomed.
Historian Edith Gelles, author of Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage says,"Each of them was generous towards the other. Each one was giving towards the other and sacrificed for each other and respected each other."
When John was in Europe, Abigail remained in Massachusettes, raising their children. The couple lived apart for years from 1774 to 1784. According to Gelles, they endured their relationship through letters.
Sometimes, it was only one or two letters a year because the letters were lost or didn't make it across the ocean," she says. "You can hear them having a conversation in letters. Their letters reflected probably the way they talked to each other. What's remarkable about that relationship is that when they did get together again, it was as if there had been no break in their marriage."
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