Michelle Obama's Romantic Beach Pic In V-Day Post For Barack Will Make You Ugly Cry

by John Haltiwanger

The Obamas are in love, and they don't care who knows it.

On Tuesday, which happens to be Valentine's Day, former President Obama posted a very romantic message to the former first lady.

In a tweet, Obama wrote,

Happy Valentine's Day, @michelleobama! Almost 28 years with you, but it always feels new.

He also posted an adorable picture of the two of them.

But, Michelle Obama's response is probably even more adorable, and once again proves the Obamas set the bar for relationships everywhere.

In a tweet, the former first lady wrote,

Happy Valentine's Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @BarackObama. #valentines

And she posted a photo of the two playing footsie in the sand (they've been living it up on vacation, as they should).

How do the Obamas do it?

It probably comes down to the fact Obama knew the secret to a lasting relationship years ago, which he revealed in an interview far before he and Michelle Obama were household names.

Back in May 1996, the former president said,

What sustains our relationship is I'm extremely happy with her, and part of it has to do with the fact that she is at once completely familiar to me, so that I can be myself and she knows me very well and I trust her completely, but at the same time she is also a complete mystery to me in some ways. And there are times when we are lying in bed and I look over and sort of have a start. Because I realize here is this other person who is separate and different and has different memories and backgrounds and thoughts and feelings. It's that tension between familiarity and mystery that makes for something strong, because, even as you build a life of trust and comfort and mutual support, you retain some sense of surprise or wonder about the other person.

Keep that "tension between familiarity and mystery" alive in your relationship, and perhaps you'll end up as happy as the Obamas.

If you're still single, just know there's a "Barack" or a "Michelle" out there for all of us (not necessarily literally with those names, but you get the picture).

Happy Valentine's Day!