Happy anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Obama!

posted at 2:05 pm on October 3, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Seriously. I mean that. Nineteen years of marriage is BHO’s best accomplishment, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to congratulate the couple. (How Barack and Michelle chose to celebrate this past weekend, however, might have been a little over the top.)

In honor of the day, a few reasons to rejoice about successful marriages, in general:

Marriage not only pays emotional dividends as men and women commit themselves to each other, focus on their children, and face the challenges of life together. The institution that forges unique personalities and lives together in the hearth of loving commitment can also provide notable economic benefits. Married couples tend to have a higher average income, more assets and a greater likelihood of owning their own home than families led by single adults.

Men and women aren’t the only ones to benefit from lifelong, married love. Children raised in families headed by a married couple have a greater chance of experiencing economic stability, high academic performance and emotional maturity. Children living under the promise of marital commitment are six times less likely to experience poverty and can display the positive social effects of having both parents in the home, potentially avoiding the many hindrances to social mobility that tend to plague children raised in single-parent households.

But, ironically, for all that Obama has experienced the benefits of married life himself, he’s been complicit in the creation of policies that discourage marriage. His signature legislature of Obamacare, for example, imposes certain penalties on marriage and could cost some married couples upwards of $10,000 a year. Nor has Obama done anything to reduce or eliminate policies that punish low-income welfare recipients for choosing to marry.

The Congressional Black Caucus is also hypocritical in this matter. The CBC has cried foul at Obama’s seeming lack of concern for the high black unemployment rate — but they haven’t made much noise about the decline of marriage in the black community. Nor have they made a point to tout Obama’s marriage as an example to follow. But African-Americans are the least married people in the nation — the least likely to marry and the most likely to divorce. Three-quarters of African-American children are born outside of wedlock. African-Americans are voluntarily cutting themselves off from the poverty-reducing and life-enhancing effects of marriage.

If social and economic issues weren’t two sides of the same coin — and if Obama himself didn’t demonstrate the advantages of marriage, none of this would matter. But because Obama and the CBC profess to care about poverty in America — and because Obama evidently believes in traditional marriage enough to live it out himself, the lack of action — or even rhetoric — to shore up that traditional marriage is especially striking.


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They are perfectly paired.

(I am trying to be nice.)

portlandon on October 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM

But, ironically, for all that Obama has experienced the benefits of married life himself, he’s been complicit in the creation of policies that discourage marriage.

Not really ironic, his motto may as well be “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Fallon on October 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I’m not sure how I feel about this!

blatantblue on October 3, 2011 at 2:10 PM

lolwut?

Kensington on October 3, 2011 at 2:11 PM

That’s why she was shopping at Target.

Wander on October 3, 2011 at 2:13 PM

The King and his Queen…..

Long may we serfs eat our peas!!!

PappyD61 on October 3, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Remind me… who was it that officiated their wedding?

Scrappy on October 3, 2011 at 2:13 PM

All this for a damn anniversary?

Rambotito on October 3, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Michelle has certainly experienced a lot of benefits to being married to the President.

Personally, I think they look miserable together these days. She has the permascowl and he looks maximally irritated.

Missy on October 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Nice beard there, Barrack.

carbon_footprint on October 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I wonder if the phrase “God Damn America” was used during the wedding ceremony.

Mark1971 on October 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

“But African-Americans are the least married people in the nation — the least likely to marry and the most likely to divorce. Three-quarters of African-American children are born outside of wedlock. African-Americans are voluntarily cutting themselves off from the poverty-reducing and life-enhancing effects of marriage.”

But there is this rock in Texas…

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Ataaaaaaaaaaaaack Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch!

carbon_footprint on October 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntxKRj9DRnc

CoffeeMan on October 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Happy Anniversary to Barack and Michael.

SlaveDog on October 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Oh c’mon. Barack is only married because Michelle told him to marry her. She’s the boss!!!

capejasmine on October 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM

They took separate cars from the wedding.

Cicero43 on October 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Was there a teleprompter on the honeymoon?

Cicero43 on October 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Anyone who can stay married longer than 5 years in this era deserves a medal.

The first couple is living by example. When does the CBC accused them of being too white?

Wish more of the black community would follow the first couples example.

Congrats to the Prez and the first lady.

rickyricardo on October 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Most men can only dream of their wife being as pretty today as she was 19 years ago.

rogerb on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Gee, what’s the glue that holds this marriage together? It couldn’t be money and power, could it? This “marriage” is reminiscent of the Clintons.

They may have managed to stay together, but nothing mitigates the fact that they are truly the most obnoxious, self-absorbed, nauseating couple evah.

Cody1991 on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Still looking for any old girl friends or even ONE female that ever went out with him.

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Thing is, that pic was actually the Obama’s seated next to Queen Elizabeth II during their visit to England.

Bishop on October 3, 2011 at 2:22 PM

He looks like he’s passed out in the picture.

50sGuy on October 3, 2011 at 2:22 PM

rogerb on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

I see what you did there…

Mary in LA on October 3, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Nice beard there, Barrack.

carbon_footprint on October 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I’m sure Michelle needed a bit of a trim as well…

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Was there a teleprompter on the honeymoon?

Cicero43 on October 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Look gazingly into her eyes
*scroll*
Touch left arm
*scroll*
Touch righ arm
*scroll*
Remember to face East
*scroll*
“I love you”
*scroll*
Say something sweet, “Those arugula salads were delicious, no?”
*scroll*

SouthernGent on October 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Odds are, Mrs. 0bama will be celebrating their 20th anniversary, by visiting Mr. 0bama in a federal prison.

Rebar on October 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

*facepalm*

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

“I’d like to make a toast to my new wife…my new wife….yeah hold on, can you scroll it back a few lines….right..there hold it! I’d like to make a toast to my new wife Michelle…”

Bishop on October 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

This headline alone makes me yearn for Jazz Shaw’s next piece.

Kensington on October 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Three-quarters of African-American children are born outside of wedlock. African-Americans are voluntarily cutting themselves off from the poverty-reducing and life-enhancing effects of marriage.

Yep. So sad for the children.

TN Mom on October 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

They look like quite the likable couple there. Almost made me forget for a moment who they really are.

itsacookbook on October 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Still looking for any old girl friends or even ONE female that ever went out with him.

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Well, there’s Larry Sinclair…..oh wait! You said FEMALE – never mind.

50sGuy on October 3, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Mrs 9000 and I are celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary this November! I’m hoping we can afford a single candle and a can of pork and beans. It’s looking a bit iffy right now, but God willing, we can do it. Or maybe splurge for some Dinty Moore Beef Stew and a Coleman Lantern. Heating the house is another story…

karl9000 on October 3, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Why don’t they release their marriage certificate?!?!?!??!?!

Ben Hur on October 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM

No sarc, no begrudging… happy anniversary.

princetrumpet on October 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM

So Tina, you wrote a fairly serious piece. but you knew what would happen in the comments, didn’t you.

Come on, we won’t tell anyone. It’ll be our little secret.

SlaveDog on October 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Oh the cognitive dissonance of our black “leaders”

AH_C on October 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM

is that a pair of marchin’ shoes on the floor? bedroom slippers?//

happy anniversary

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 2:31 PM

..o.k., nice post. Can we move on now?

The War Planner on October 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I, for one, don’t celebrate the union of anyone hell-bent on destroying the present and future of this nation, particularly because they wouldn’t have ever made it as far in office without said union.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Why don’t they release their marriage certificate?!?!?!??!?!
Ben Hur on October 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM

No can do. It would list Rev’rund Wright as the convening marriage official and would be co-signed by William Ayers…all sorts of things would then have to be explained.

Bishop on October 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM

When he loses/doesn’t run, she’ll bail. No way Moochelle going to Target by herself or fly Southwest Air.

Dingbat63 on October 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Still looking for any old girl friends or even ONE female that ever went out with him.

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Yes, somehow this Man Of Mystery was elected President of the United States, and no one knows a damn thing about his past…

pseudonominus on October 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM

The institution that forges unique personalities and lives together in the hearth of loving commitment can also provide notable economic benefits.

Especially if you’re the wifey of a Chicago politician!

MNHawk on October 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Happy Anniversary to Barack and Michael.

SlaveDog on October 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I wonder if that was brought up over the weekend?

Fallon on October 3, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Two wrongs don’t make a Right.

Western_Civ on October 3, 2011 at 2:34 PM

PUKE!

Winebabe on October 3, 2011 at 2:35 PM

On the topic of Obama on “marriage”…no surprise that in ’08 he campaigned on “marriage” between a man and a woman, and in ’12 he’s appealing to gay activists to help his re-election, supporting “marriage” for whomever, regardless. That Obama made it an issue is why I’m dragging that cat out of the bag.

On the topic of Obama’s anniversary, it’s a political marriage, and for the children. After the girls are grown, see if the Obama happy couple remain living together.

19 years seems like a long time until 19 years was a long time ago.

I just hope their malice towards America is halted. No more skittles for the Federal Reserve and elitists. We’re stuck getting the wrong things at the wrong time.

maverick muse on October 3, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Still looking for any old girl friends or even ONE female that ever went out with him.

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Maybe his old girl friends were really ugly.

SlaveDog on October 3, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Yes congrats. Michelle be proud, your hubby sold 723 Volts in September. Look out Ford!

Limerick on October 3, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Beyond a shadow of doubt, this picture proves that it was/is/will be a marriage of convenience, for both of them. They live lavishly off of each other.

God forbid that they’d touch. There’s no love there.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Good for them. That’s a great photo, too.

Dork B. on October 3, 2011 at 2:39 PM

is that a pair of marchin’ shoes on the floor? bedroom slippers?//

One of these days!

maverick muse on October 3, 2011 at 2:40 PM

BO loves men. It’s one of the best kept secrets, among his grades and other affiliations and affinities.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Here’s to those two lovebirds having lots of time to spend together in the private sector beginning January 2013.

Sugar Land on October 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Also, how much ‘love’ emanates from the picture up front…

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2011 at 2:42 PM

These two are some of the biggest scum charlatans the Earth has ever experienced. That they be billionaires for life, based on absolutely nada will be the shame of the land and the world.

Those who voted for them, or who stayed home, deserve them in full. Too bad all who pay taxes have to suffer them.

Schadenfreude on October 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Look how quickly she adapted to life without a bridle and saddle.

Alden Pyle on October 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Still looking for any old girl friends or even ONE female that ever went out with him.

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Maybe you’re fishing from the wrong side of the pier?

BobMbx on October 3, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Odds are, Mrs. 0bama will be celebrating their 20th anniversary, by visiting Mr. 0bama in a federal prison.

Rebar on October 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

You underestimate the power of the dark DoJ side.

shick on October 3, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Digging pretty deep for something positive to say about them. Bless your heart.

kg598301 on October 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Odds are, Mrs. 0bama will be celebrating their 20th anniversary, by visiting Mr. 0bama in a federal prison.

Rebar on October 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

You underestimate the power of the dark side DoJ.

shick on October 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Mr. & Mr. Hussien & Micheal Obama

http://www.ihatethemedia.com/dont-ask-dont-tell-obama-calls-the-first-lady-michael

davidk on October 3, 2011 at 2:48 PM

I hear that he gave her an iPod with his speeches.

faraway on October 3, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Tina, how have AA marriage numbers changed since January 20, 2009?

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Look how quickly she adapted to life without a bridle and saddle.
Alden Pyle on October 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM

O_O

Bishop on October 3, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Obama.

itsnotaboutme on October 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Is this his 2nd marriage? This pic with his grandparents looks like he has a wedding band on his left hand

faraway on October 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM

If the “millionaire tax” is passed (I’m not counting on it), couples that make over $250K will be affected. If each spouse makes under $200K, it would be better to divorce and not pay the increase than to stay legally married.

djaymick on October 3, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Subject to investigation and further findings, I acknowledge that the Obama’s have allegedly been married for nineteen years. Apart from that I can say nothing more.

Extrafishy on October 3, 2011 at 3:03 PM

I actually really like the picture you chose. They both look relaxed and content.

I think we have a similar picture from our wedding. I stayed up way too late the previous night and was a little drained the whole day.

Esthier on October 3, 2011 at 3:09 PM

I hear that he gave her an iPod with his speeches.

faraway on October 3, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Now that’s funny right there. I don’t care where you’re from

davidk on October 3, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Most men can only dream of their wife being as pretty today as she was 19 years ago.

rogerb on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Pretty and M00chelle Obama are not words that should be used in the same sentence.

angryed on October 3, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Happy anniversary! May you have many,many,any years together.

katy the mean old lady on October 3, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Most men can only dream of their wife being as pretty today as she was 19 years ago.

rogerb on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Marry an ugly wife, and there is no decline in beauty.

PrettyD_Vicious on October 3, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Most men can only dream of their wife being as pretty today as she was 19 years ago.

rogerb on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Quote, not strike!

PrettyD_Vicious on October 3, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Still looking for any old girl friends or even ONE female that ever went out with him.

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

that’s a bit strange, isn’t it? that there are no girlfriends past…or none that came forth anyways…

jimver on October 3, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Yep. So sad for the children.

TN Mom on October 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Abortion stats for AAs will tell you many millions haven’t survived. That’s something else about which to be sad.

a capella on October 3, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Is this his 2nd marriage? This pic with his grandparents looks like he has a wedding band on his left hand

faraway on October 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Wasn’t he pretty *cough* tight with the college roommate from Pok-ee- stan? The guy in the notorious couch pic with him? Sitting close? Didn’t they visit that country as a twosome? NTTAWWT.

a capella on October 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM

imposes certain penalties on marriage

Just read the link. This law just keeps getting worse and worse. I hate this president and the democratic party with a passion. They are destroying his nation.

jawkneemusic on October 3, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Most men can only dream of their wife being as pretty today as she was 19 years ago.
rogerb on October 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Except she isn’t pretty now nor was she then. I seriously do not understand this slobbering over Moochelle. She’s gross. Laura Bush is much prettier then Moochelle and that’s not saying much.

jawkneemusic on October 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Sorry, Tina. These are truly awful people. They lie, cheat, steal, and destroy. They slander and defame. They are filled with hate when they should be filled with soaring gratitude for all that has been handed to them, unearned, and despite their many, many professional and intellectual shortcomings. This nation has reached its hand out to them time and again — free college, unearned entrance to the finest graduate schools, six-figure jobs they never even had to apply for — and time and again they have spit on that hand and cursed it. You want ME to wish them a happy anniversary? That’ll come right after they say “thank you, America.” I won’t hold my breath.

Rational Thought on October 3, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Except she isn’t pretty now nor was she then. I seriously do not understand this slobbering over Moochelle. She’s gross. Laura Bush is much prettier then Moochelle and that’s not saying much.

jawkneemusic on October 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Pathetic. Are you in 6th grade?

RINO in Name Only on October 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

it’s really not as trying to stay married to your beard than to a mate one is romantically and emotionally involved with.

mittens on October 3, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Grifters.

gdonovan on October 3, 2011 at 4:20 PM

I’m just glad they only have 1 more anniversary to celebrate while living in “my” house…

Khun Joe on October 3, 2011 at 4:30 PM

nice photo!

kringeesmom on October 3, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Except she isn’t pretty now nor was she then. I seriously do not understand this slobbering over Moochelle. She’s gross. Laura Bush is much prettier then Moochelle and that’s not saying much.
jawkneemusic on October 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM
Pathetic. Are you in 6th grade?
RINO in Name Only on October 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Why? Because I don’t think she’s the most beautiful woman in the world like the MSM and some Hotair posters seem to think?

Get bent.

jawkneemusic on October 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Did Soros pay for the wedding?

wraithby on October 3, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I wish the Obamas a happy anniversary, much the same as your average Romanian citizen wished for Nikola and Elena Ceaucescu.

Seriously. I mean that.

sartana on October 3, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Congratulations, they have beautiful children.

Beautiful children, that I am guessing wouldn’t be caught dead wearing anything their Mom bought them Target’ as soon as she explained to them what Target is, and no it has not to do with Sarah Palin and campaign maps.

Dr Evil on October 3, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Why? Because I don’t think she’s the most beautiful woman in the world like the MSM and some Hotair posters seem to think?

jawkneemusic on October 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM

No, because you have so little class that you’d compare a woman to a cow just because you don’t like her politics, before topping it off with a passive aggressive shot at Laura Bush.

You have a million legitimate things to go after either of the Obamas for, and instead you choose schoolyard taunts like “Moo-chelle”. Grow up.

RINO in Name Only on October 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Congrats ti them. That’s actually a nice picture of them–in the time before they became smug, hardened politicians.

PattyJ on October 3, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I thought “Moochelle” referred to “mooch” as in “mooching off us taxpayers to take $10 million, in taxpayer funds alone, for vacations last year”…no?

Anyway…Very nice picture of both of them–they look cutely partied out—I wish them a very nice anniversary and many happy returns — on their own dime.

inviolet on October 3, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I prefer to honor the 8th blogiversary of the public face of Hot Air, Ed Morrissey.

Steve Eggleston on October 3, 2011 at 8:01 PM

I prefer to honor the 8th blogiversary of the public face of Hot Air, Ed Morrissey.

Steve Eggleston on October 3, 2011 at 8:01 PM

+1

Mary in LA on October 3, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Why should anyone wish two people who hate America and are almost single-handedly bringing this country to its knees a happy anything? Go back under your rocks, Mr. and Mrs. Soetoro and leave us alone.

theaddora on October 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Three-quarters of African-American children are born outside of wedlock.

Doomed, thanks to Progressive policies.

disa on October 3, 2011 at 11:02 PM

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