Top 10 reasons why the First Marriage totally rocks our world

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The cover story in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine is about the First Marriage. It’s both inspiring and a little chastening — let’s see you be President or First Lady and still rock hot monogamy like that. And also a little terrifying — how would we ever recover from an Obama divorce? We’d lose faith in the very institution of marriage! So please, Mr. and Mrs. Obama, hang in there, for us. Here are top 10 reasons why we think they will:
  1. They don’t think it’s dorky to arrange date nights. (Since when did it become uncool to use the term “date night,” anyway? We’re standing by it proudly.) Speaking of date nights, he once upgraded dinner-and-a-movie to dinner-and-a-Broadway-show, which would be torture for most straight guys we know.
  2. When they dance they still look as in love as if it were the first dance at their wedding — except that it’s newly-wed bliss mixed with the kind of wise, knowing, deep love that you get — if you’re truly lucky — after seventeen years of marriage and two kids.
  3. Which is not to say that they’re above a little buddy-buddy fist-bumping.
  4. They work out together and just started playing tennis together. “He wins,” she said. “For now,” he added. Which we’re convinced improves their sex life. Whatever it is, you can tell they’re still hot for each other.
  5. Also, they play Scrabble together.
  6. Last month, according to the Times article, “as they waited to greet a long, slow procession of foreign dignitaries and their spouses at the Group of 20 Summit in Pittsburgh, the first lady whispered in her husband’s ear about things ‘that I probably shouldn’t repeat,’ he said.” Oh man, we so badly want to believe that was dirty talk! You know what? We’re just going to pretend it was.
  7. They’re not afraid of a little PDA. Apparently friends visiting the White House will often turn a corner to find them mid-embrace. And they’re always kissing, touching, and flirting and public. Fortunately, theirs is not the kind of PDA that gives you the awkward heebie-jeebies (yes, we’re talking to you, Mr. & Mrs Gore).
  8. They don’t try to act like their marriage is perfect — they openly admit to going through really tough times. The image of a flawless relationship is “the last thing that we want to project,” the first lady says. “It’s unfair to the institution of marriage, and it’s unfair for young people who are trying to build something, to project this perfection that doesn’t exist.” Someone give this woman an advice column!
  9. They fell in love not just because they’re both smart and funny and ridiculously good-looking but because they get equally worked up about social injustice.
  10. According to the NYT mag profile, they understand that equality in a relationship doesn’t have to be calibrated on a second-by-second basis when you’re in it for the long haul together — equality might be measured over a period of years or even decades. Meaning, he may be President of the U.S.A. right now, but that title is neither permanent nor applicable at the breakfast table (or, we have a feeling, in the bedroom). Swoon.