Barack and Michelle celebrate 20 years of marriage

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Barack and Michelle celebrate 20 years of marriage

They newlyweds faced tough times when Barack moved into politics, leaving his wife alone with their young daughters Malia and Sasha for long periods while he was away pursuing his career.  

Barack wrote in his autobiography The Audacity of Hope, that Michelle was: "Pretty fed up with raising our children alone and beginning to question my priorities."

"This was sort of the eye-opener to me, that marriage is hard," the 45-year-old told The New York Times of the moment. "But going into it, no one ever tells you that. They just tell you, 'Do you love him?' 'What's the dress look like?'"