The Gift

Barack on Michelle (1996)
Excerpted from The New Yorker Jan 19, 2009

[This says so much about both of them. -DS]

Michelle is a tremendously strong person, and has a very strong sense of herself and who she is and where she comes from. But I also think in her eyes you can see a trace of vulnerablity that most people don’t know, because when she’s walking through the world she is this tall, beautiful, confident woman. There is a part of her that is vulnerable and young and sometimes frightened, and I think seeing both of those things is what attracted me to her. And then 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.

Ukiah Inaugural Bash
Tonight 1/20 5:30pm
Ukiah Brewing Company & Restaurant

Speech Replay at 6:00pm & 7:30pm

When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20th, the millions who worked to put him in office are going to celebrate. You are invited to watch President Obama’s speech and celebrate what we have all made possible! Bring instruments and good vibes to share, a new era in American history is beginning.

Kids Welcome. No Cover.


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