Barack and Michelle Obama
When lawyer Michelle Robinson was assigned as a mentor to a handsome young Harvard associate in 1989, she was determined not to acquiesce to his requests for a date, despite finding him funny and charming. "I said, 'No, that wouldn't be the right thing to do.' He said, 'Who cares?'" Barack Obama finally persuaded his future wife to spend a day with him, and tried his hardest to impress her, whisking her to an art gallery, a jazz café, a fashionable new film and a romantic drink on the 99th floor of a skyscraper. "By the end of that date, it was over," she recalled. "I was sold." The couple (above) married three years later, and went on to have two daughters. Although the future US President was elected to the Senate soon afterwards, requiring him to leave his family during the week, he remained devoted to them, returning as often as possible and scheduling regular romantic evenings with Michelle. For her part, she supported her husband throughout his political career, joining him on the campaign trail and penning her own supportive stump speeches. Barack has said that "being married to Michelle... never allows me to underestimate women."