In honor of tomorrow’s inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America, today, we are featuring his wedding to the future first lady, Michelle Robinson Obama on October 3, 1992.
Barack and Michelle dated for three years before they were married. They met in 1989 at a downtown Chicago law firm where Michelle was working as an attorney. She was assigned to be an advisor to a summer associate from Harvard named Barack Obama.
After refusing to go out with Barack for a month, Michelle finally agreed to their first date; a trip to the art institute, lunch at an outdoor cafe, an evening showing of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and a drink on the 99th floor of the John Hancock building.
Two years later, Barack popped the question at Gordon’s Restaurant (now Naha) on Clark Street in Chicago. When dessert was served, the ring box was sitting on the plate. Michelle was shocked.
The couple were married one year later on October 3, 1992 at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Michelle wore a long sleeve off-the-shoulder white silk dress with a chiffon overlay and a sweetheart neckline. The dress had intricate floral applique embellishments and a long train.
She clutched a bouquet of greenery and white roses.
Barack wore a black suit with a white rose boutonniere. His best man was his half-brother, Malik Obama, who lives in Kenya.
In keeping with Barack’s Kenyan roots, some of the guests, including Malik, wore traditional African dress.
The couple was married by Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. in a traditional Christian ceremony.
Following the vows, a reception was held at the South Shore Cultural Center, a run-down formerly all-white Country Club.
The couple left on their honeymoon along the coast of California in the days that followed.
After 16 years of marriage the couple is still blissfully in love. On October 3, 2008, they celebrated their wedding anniversary in the final month of the presidential campaign.
“Barack is very romantic,” Michelle told Jay Leno as she appeared on “The Tonight Show” on their 16th anniversary. “He tried to buy me flowers, and he did buy me flowers, but I was reading the clips and I saw that he had bought me flowers before he gave me the flowers. I read it in the paper. I was like, ‘Oh lovely!’ I knew they were white, I knew what color they were. But I thought we would just skip this celebration ’cause he’s kind of busy, and I said ‘Don’t worry about it, we’ll celebrate after,’ and he says ‘No, I’m coming home’… so he took me out for dinner.”