Strange because it is unusual to hear a man, any sort of man, publicly saying that he loves his wife.
I got the full text of his speech from The Guardian website and there they were, those words that startled me this morning as I got ready for work.
And I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago. (Cheers, applause.) Let me say this publicly. Michelle, I have never loved you more. (Cheers, applause.) I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation’s first lady. (Cheers, applause.)
Sasha and Malia – (cheers, applause) – before our very eyes, you’re growing up to become two strong, smart, beautiful young women, just like your mom. (Cheers, applause.) And I am so proud of you guys. But I will say that, for now, one dog’s probably enough. (Laughter.)
I have long thought that the inability of many men to publicly say that they love their wives is a sign, not of manliness, but of weakness and embarrassment. Soppy? No!
I remember one man who could never bring himself to say it in private, let along in public. I remember him jokingly say that his wife knew he loved her, yet never said it. While chuckling about it, he failed to notice the expression of sadness and longing on the face of his wife.
Men, think of what it will have done to Obama’s wife and daughters to hear his words, and in that context!
One duty of a husband, who is a follower of Jesus, is to seek to release his wife into the fulfilment and development she is capable of as she herself follows Jesus, that is what Ephesians 5 is all about. Obama’s words will have gone a long way to contribute to that.
Thanks to The Guardian UK for the photos.