President Obama Gives Michelle The Best Anniversary Gift Ever – Alone Time

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If you’ve been married or in a long-term relationship like I have, then you probably appreciate the occasional weekend alone, when you can get it. Hell, some of the best “vacations” I’ve been on were during the years I lived outside of NYC, when I would bring my oldest daughter back here to spend vacations with her dad – nothing like a long weekend at a hotel without the kids or husband to refresh you back from the brink of insanity. Apparently Michelle Obama feels the same way. FLOTUS, she’s just like us!

According to a press release from the White House:

“As part of her birthday gift from the president, the first lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday.”

Now, I’m sure it won’t be long before the sanctimommy brigade comes out in full force and condemns Mrs. Obama for “abandoning” her kids and husband, but I think this is basically the greatest anniversary gift of all time. Think about it, if you and I need the occasional weekend away to de-stress, how much more stressed must the first lady be? No matter what your feelings are on the president and his wife are or what part of the political spectrum you fall on, one thing is for sure: Michelle Obama has a busy schedule, one that not every woman could handle. I know I couldn’t.

For Christmas this year, the whole Obama crew, including the president, Mrs. Obama, and their two daughters Sasha and Malia, spend two weeks in Hawaii doing normal family things like hiking, golf and even visiting a local steakhouse.The press release didn’t mention how long Mrs. Obama would stay in Hawaii, when she’s be back, or whether or not Barack Obama would be making TV dinners until she returns (which is a joke, so no need to cry “misandry” MRA dudes, I’m sure Barack is an excellent cook).

Whelp, I know what I’m asking for when my anniversary rolls around. I mean, it won’t be Hawaii, since we don’t have tons-o-cash, but maybe I can finally take an actual bath or something. If Michelle can do it, I can too, dammit!


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  • aCongaLine

    That is awesome. I’ll be pulling up this article for reference when my hubby asks what I want to do for Mother’s Day/our Anniversary/my birthday. I want to be left alone, with pizza being delivered, and netflix. Left alone. Barack did it for Michelle…. :)

  • Kay_Sue

    Man, I’m telling my partner to step it up. I need a long weekend in Hawaii. You go, Mr. President.

  • candyvines

    She’s sticking around so she can get a guaranteed spot at Mommyishcon. Cannot wait to meet her.

    • Bethany Ramos


  • keelhaulrose

    My 30th birthday is in a week, and I told my husband the best gift would be being able to sleep in, and spend my day with a little piece and quiet, not having to watch a single episode of Sofia the First or Mickey Mouse, and do a nice dinner that I neither have to cook nor clean, and take advantage of a babysitting offer that would allow me to go see a movie with violence, sex, and/or swearing, preferably at the theater with a bar (because my grandma offered to pay).
    I love my kids, but I’m with them all day every day save for once a month or so, and I’d like some time away from them and him.

  • AP

    The girls are teenagers, the family has a chef, housekeepers, and drivers, and the taxpayers are picking up the tab for all the airfare. It’s kind, but requiring little sacrifice on his part.

  • Suzy

    This is awesome! My birthday is this week and I told my husband what I really want is a date with him and a date with my best friend. We are getting a sitter for our date and he has agreed to take on our toddler and my friend’s toddler so she and I can go have coffee like civilized people. Sometimes you just need a break!

    • aCongaLine

      AMEN. eta: Happy Birthday! ENjoy that coffee, mama!

    • Andy

      Ooo, I love the idea of a BF date as well-after living in a different state from my besties for nine years, I cherish the times I can get together with them. In fact my husband did an awesome thing for my birthday this year-surprised me with tickets to see “Chicago” with my three best girls-he’s a keeper!

  • ChillMama

    Brag alert! My husband has done this for me before, and it’s awesome! There is nothing quite like sinking into bed and thinking “I don’t *have* to get out of this thing all day if I don’t want to.”

    Honestly, if sleeping was a profession, I’d be a millionaire.

    • Frances Locke

      Best. Husband. Ever. Isn’t that the best feeling in the world?

    • ChillMama

      Just thinking about it puts a huge smile on my face. Some people have an island oasis as their happy place. Not me. It’s a warm fluffy bed and not having any obligations. *sigh*
      And yes, my husband is pretty awesome! :)

  • Véronique Houde

    OMG a coworker of mine just posted a picture saying “as a mom you will never sleep again” And I totally responded “it’s called a husband”. Like seriously sanctimartyr, get another hobby, take the day off. You’re not alone so stop acting like the world would stop without you. And let your husband sleep in too once in a while.

    • Frances Locke

      My husband has seen those online. He has said to me, after seeing one “Well, we’d never sleep if we didn’t have each other.” Then we do a Bro Fist Bump and continue being awesome, much like you and your husband must.

  • Andy

    As much as I love my kids and husband, as a die-hard introvert I LOVE time alone (I’ll even go so far as to say I need time alone or I really don’t function well). In fact, I love it so much that after my son is weaned (which should probably be around next September/October after his first birthday) I’m going to ask the hubby to take the kids and dogs and go spend a weekend with his parents so I can have two blissful days by myself in my own house. I did the same thing after my daughter was done breastfeeding and it was heavenly :)

  • JacqulynGertner

    Its very expression the good love for each other .Therefore Obama is give present the gift to his own wife.

  • Muggle

    “Abandoning the children”

    Because how DARE a woman take a few days off and fly away from her family, which consists of a husband who’s constantly taking time away overseas and around the country, and two teenagers who have a huge, well-trained security force looking after them! What nerve!

  • Rachel Sea

    As much as I miss my wife on the rare occasions she goes out of town without me, I love having a couple days where I have to consider no one’s needs but my own. I eat what I want, get to have the house as clean as I want, and expend zero thought to whether she needs a clean shirt for the morning, or where she left her keys.

    And the brief separation makes obvious what we do for each other every day, and makes us appreciate each other all the more on her return.

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