President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have a marriage many admire. From their adorable family photos, romantic dates and now iconic fist bump, the First Couple are considered not only the epitome of black love, but are making many reconsider what the “classic American love story looks like.”

While many would expect that the Obamas tell each other things they don’t share with others- turns out that when it comes to National Security, the President keeps his cards close.

In a recent interview with AARP Magazine, Michelle said she did not know of the mission that lead to Osama Bin Laden’s death before its time. An excerpt from the interview reads:

Q: The attacks set off the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Did either of you have an inkling that the mission that killed him was in the works?
MO: I knew something was happening, but when it gets down to that level of secrecy, there’s just a small number of people who know anything.

Q: So when did you find out?
MO: I was actually out to dinner with girlfriends, and I didn’t know until I walked in the door. It was later in the evening, and Barack had his suit on, because he was going to the press conference. And I said, “What’s going on?”

Q: And your reaction?
MO: I was, like, “Wow.” Then I wanted to know the details: “How did it happen? Then what? And then what happened?” I was probably like every media person.

Q: Was he too hurried to explain?
MO: No, he sat down. And then I sat down and talked to Malia to make sure she was aware, because the crowds [outside the White House] were starting to form.

The interview is a great glimpse into the complications of living in the White House. While honesty is a core part of any marriage, for the First Couple full disclosure on sensitive matters like this cannot always be expected.

What do you think about Mrs. Obama saying she didn’t know of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden? Weigh in Clutchettes and gents- tell us what you think!

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  • bosslady

    I am not surprised. It’s the same with people would work at the top level of the secret services, and you really can’t get higher than POTUS. There are some things you really cannot tell people who are not a part of the mission, Michelle is not, and it doesn’t effect their marriage. I have a friend whose partner works in the secret services, half the year he is on missions outside of the country, she has no idea where he is as you just can’t disclose location.

    I’m sure Michelle is sensible enough to respect that there are many things about the president’s job which are not open for discussion.

  • trace21

    I really don’t get who in their right mind would admire their marriage? Unless you know them personally then its just silly to admire something you know nothing about. Seeing a few pictures of them in public does not mean you know them or what their personal lives are about.smh

    • Sia

      So you are saying that you have never had a crush on someone at first sight because you didn’t really know anything about them yet? Or you have never cheered for a singer at a concert even though you know nothing about who they really are? Or you have never envied someone’s success even though you don’t know how rough it was for them to get to that level?

      You can’t be serious.

  • omg

    if she did know, it would be pretty dumb to admit it. that would have been classified information which she does not have the clearance to know.

  • Clnmike

    Why would anyone expect her to know that information? I wonder if they asked any other first ladies if they knew top level secrets.

  • Maureen

    Of course I believe it. First ladies arent always exposed to everything. She prob would have tried to talk him out of it since it was a delicate operation