As one of my clients pointed out, "My marriage isn't perfect, and it sometimes feels like such hard work. But I know that my wife would be there for me if I needed her and I want to make sure that she knows I am there for her. When Romney talks about the fact that his wife's life and what she was doing at home was more important than what he was doing at the office, I find that very respectable. My wife works part-time and takes on the majority of the day-to-day childcare. I should be saying the same thing to my wife."
Our political leaders influence us on so many levels. The 2012 presidential race will focus on the most relevant, obvious spheres of influence, such as the economy. However, for those of us who focus on marriage and emotional health for a living, it is wonderful to see two such strong, respectful, inspiring marriages highlighted for our nation.