With dating now involving swiping for matches and feeling express via emoticons, there is nothing more romantic than an old-fashioned handwritten love letter. Especially when said love letters come from the former President and wordsmith, Barack Obama.
Forget any ‘roses are red’ cliches, Obama’s letters to former college girlfriend Alexandra McNear show sincere sentiment, and can’t help but make us love him even more (if that is even possible).
‘I trust you know that I miss you, that my concern for you is as wide as the air, my confidence in you as deep as the sea, my love rich and plentiful,’ one of the early letters reads.
While in another he writes that a relationship ‘requires breaking some sweat. Like a good basketball game. Or a fine dance. Or making love.’
Written between 1982 and 1984 while at college in California, the letters were acquired by Emory University's Rose Library in 2014 but have only now been published. Each signed, ‘Love, Barack’, the letters discuss race, class, money and of course, love.
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When Obama transferred to Colombia in University in New York the couple were tested as they embarked on keeping their long-distance relationship together in the pre-digital age.
‘I think of you often, though I stay confused about my feelings. It seems we will ever want what we cannot have; that's what binds us; that's what keeps us apart,’ Obama wrote in 1983.
In another he dramatically describes how it sometime felt like it was ‘us against the world.’
‘Alone and facing the swirling expanse, outside the room, inside themselves, separate in the eye of the storm.’
While in another he questions whether they would go the distance.
‘I am not so naive as to believe that a distinct line exists between romantic love and the more quotidian, but perhaps finer bonds of friendship, but I can feel the progression from one to the other (in my mind).’
As we all know, their relationship didn’t last and in 1989 Barack met Michelle working in Chicago and the couple married three years later - the rest they say is history.
For her final White House state dinner, Michelle (pictured with Italian first lady Agnese Landini) wore a rose gold sequinned gown by Versace. Talk about going out in style...