After celebrating 26 years of marriage in October, Barack Obama still knows how to put a smile on Michelle Obama’s face. On Saturday night, the former First Lady took her Becoming book tour to Washington, D.C’s Capital One Arena for a one-on-one conversation moderated by former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. It was all going as planned until a very special guest strolled on stage bearing gifts and sent the entire stadium into a tizzy.
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As the conversation veered towards Michelle and Barack Obama’s marriage, Barack Obama walked out to greet his wife, giving her a sweet kiss on the cheek and a bouquet of pink roses. “You don’t get this at every show,” Michelle assured the screaming crowd. Perched on the arm of Michelle’s chair, Barack quipped that surprising his wife at her Becoming press event made him feel like “when Jay-Z comes out at a Beyoncé concert.”
While she had him, Jarrett asked Barack what about Michelle Obama captivated his heart when they first met. Barack reminisced about speaking to Michelle over the phone when he applied to be a summer associate at her firm, admitting that Michelle seemed “a little uptight.” Elsewhere in the convo, Barack said he was interested in Michelle because she was “smart, beautiful, she had this great sense of humor,” and he even offered to quit the job so their relationship wouldn’t be “a conflict of interest.”
“The thing that I remember during that summer as we became friends, before she finally relented to a date, was she was one of a kind,” he said. “I hadn’t met somebody who was that strong and that honest—somebody who I just felt was a rock, [she] was somebody who I knew at that point I would always be able to count on, and someone who that if she was the mother of my children I knew my children would turn out extraordinary.”