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Happy FABruary!! Today is the kickoff for the entire month and I promise to make it good.

Today is also the start of Black History Month and in order for us to commemorate and celebrate such an important time of year, today’s couple of focus for our #LoveandLead series is none other than the first Black couple to live in the White House as leaders of the free world, President and Mrs. Barack Obama!

 There is no question that this couple has set the bar on the image of black love, health and fitness, political coolness, and others. On October 3rd, the Obamas will celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary, a feat that all married couples strive for, but many don’t attain. Though we do not know all of the inner workings of their marriage, we can say that seeing their public display of marriage is a testament to the fact that even in the midst of grueling schedules that include leading an entire nation, serving as a world ambassador, and raising a family, marriage can still thrive. This couple has managed to balance politics and romance in a way that is both inspiring and attainable.

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#LoveandLead Lesson: Build the foundation first.

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The Obamas are just as open about the challenges their marriage faced as they are with the successes. They are often admired for their date nights and public displays of affection. With all that said, Barack and Michelle Obama are clear that without building the right foundation in friendship, love, and career, they would not have been able to withstand the challenges they’ve faced over the years.

Remember, balance in love and career will always be an active assignment. The key is to lay the right foundation through diligence, commitment, and good character.

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