First, “Here’s the advice I give everyone about marriage—is she someone you find interesting?,” Pfeiffer recalls the former POTUS asking him amid his plans to move in with his now wife, Howli. “You will spend more time with this person than anyone else for the rest of your life, and there’s nothing more important than always wanting to hear what she has to say about things.” And it makes sense since you definitely don’t want to live a life full of awkward silences (only mutually comfortable ones).
“You will spend more time with this person than anyone else for the rest of your life, and there’s nothing more important than always wanting to hear what she has to say about things.” —Barack Obama
According to Obama, the next order of business is finding someone who makes you LOL on the reg, which explains why there are so many ca-yute photos of the dynamic duo cracking up or at least grinning at one another. Finally, Pfeiffer says President Obama asked him, “…I don’t know if you want kids, but if you do, do you think she’ll be a good mom?” Meaning, establishing that you and your beloved have the same family goals is key before committing to each other for life.
His sage advice harkens back to the idea that the wedded life is a marathon, not a sprint: “Life is long. These are the things that really matter over the long term.” Since truer words have never been spoken, here’s a piece of advice for you, Mr. Obama: If you’re looking for a new gig, “relationship counselor” or even just “professional BFF” seem applicable to your skill set. Just saying.
This post was originally published on July 5, 2018; it was updated on August 4, 2018.
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