“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu
By Eliana Benador
Being the President of one of the largest countries on earth and former superpower gives the spotlight at all times and, yesterday, at the Mandela funeral, the world got an eyeful of the current occupant of the White House enjoying flirting with the female Danish Prime Minister.
A History Channel report, that did not include George W. Bush, showed President Ronald Reagan as the only American President who hadn’t cheated on his wife. And it seems that either before, during or after their presidencies, they all have had affairs.
True, politics is a field that whoever is in it, has an inherent and unwavering highest level of passion that is shown and felt at every step.
Indeed, President George Washington led the way in this respect. He wrote his wife Martha such passionate love letters throughout their marriage, that after his death, although she burned all his letters out of grief, two were found later lost in an old desk.
This is what Washington wrote to his wife from the battlefield after their wedding:
Fort Cumberland, July 20, 1758, We have begun our march to the Ohio. A courier is starting for Williamsburg, and I embrace the opportunity to send a few words to one whose life is now inseparable from mine. Since that happy hour when we made our pledges to each other, my thoughts have been continually going to you as to another Self.
Gerald Ford and his wife Betty were married for 58 years, until his passing. They endured the hardships of her mental breakdown in 1965, her radical mastectomy shortly after entering the White House, and her substance abuse issues that inspired her to found the Betty Ford Center for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation.
David Kennerly, official White House photographer was quoted as saying, “They were a playful couple. They joked around with each other. His idea at the end of the day was to sit around with her, have dinner with her, just be with her.”
Another presidential loving marriage was that of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. They met while both were Hollywood actors. Reportedly, the proposal happened at the legendary Hollywood restaurant Chasen’s, where actor Ronald Reagan simply said, “Let’s get married,” and Nancy replied, “Let’s.”
The couple were married in 1952 and remained wed until Ronald passed away in 2004.
The Reagans stories of their love are tender and caring, shown in love notes they left one another. He wrote her a sweet note on the occasion of Nancy taking riding lessons, or to get over her fear of horses.
Their marriage survived breast and colon cancer and an assassination attempt on the President’s life.
A press secretary once said, “They never took each other for granted. The Reagans never stopped courting.”
We have crossed the hallways of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, where is said that President John F. Kennedy used to have his security whisk in his room, the world’s most famous bimbo, Marilyn Monroe.
And, unavoidably, one must mention the gross Clinton affair and his intern fling, disrespecting his wife and also the decorum of office and space he was entrusted with as venue to hold state affairs.
So, it is no surprise to see Mr. Obama flirting away with Danish Prime Minister, Mrs. Thorning-Schmidt, while Mrs. Obama did not appear enthused over it.
Mrs. Thorning-Schmidt is married to Stephen Kinnock, the son of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock.
Body language clearly said much of the interaction between the Obamas and Mrs. Thorning-Schmidt, which happened under the watchful eye of three of the President’s closest aides – Susan Rice, the White House National Security advisor; Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor; and Eric Holder; the US attorney general – who were sat behind.
Even under a collapsing economy with over 100 million unemployed, jobless; 49 million Americans on food stamps, and over 17 TRN dollars debt, the American President can jet set on Air Force 1. At a $182,000 per flight hour all paid for, with Americans taxpayer money, it allows Mr. Obama to take along his wife, family and his loyalists, in the luxury of luxuries while they aim at extirpating the roots of America on the go.
The Reagans is a love story that’s an inspiration for couples in search for eternal, ever-lasting love. One needs not to have sex until 98-years old and even at that tender age, a couple can make each other perfectly happy, in every possible way.
Nancy and Ronald always walked hand in hand.
Theirs was also a love story with America.
Copyright ©Eliana Benador
Eliana Benador is a global strategist, a political operative and a human rights activist. She has been the founder of Benador Associates. She has represented dissidents abroad from Iraq, Iran, the Copts and others. Her blog is Eliana’s Choice. You may follow her on Twitter, join her fan page on Facebook and you may find her also on LinkedIn.