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Longest Married Couple In the U-S

Imagine being married for 78 years!

One Las Vegas couple reached that milestone....a milestone so special even the President took note.

Matt DeLucia has their story.

Looking through old photos, Wilbur Faiss can't help but smile about his wife and best friend Theresa.

"You're in love, and that's all you think about, you know."

Theresa wasn't feeling well enough for this interview, but Wilbur doesn't mind doing the talking. He's 100 years old and learned recently that the worldwide marriage encounter bestowed a very high honor.

"I just had no idea of us ever winning the oldest, the longest-married couple,"

Wilbur and Theresa married on April 14, 1933. Their oldest son bob entered them into a contest.

"I nominated him, and he did all the rest with my mom."

It was so special that even the president offered to mention the 78-year marriage during a recent stop in Las Vegas. Wilbur couldn't believe it.

"How often does an ordinary guy get such recognition by the president of the United States? It's one of these things that are once in a lifetime."

But there was a slight problem on the day of the President’s speech.

"You must understand that I am over 100 years of age, and I'm a lot slower than I was at 90,"

They were late. Too late to be allowed in and the president dropped the mention from his remarks.

"We tried to get there, and we fought the crowds and all... "

The couple was disappointed, but not deterred. The white house has promised to return, and give the Faiss' the recognition they deserve.

"For a president as busy as he is, and with the pressures he has, to take time to salute a couple, and through them, salute the solidarity of marriage in the United States, I think it's remarkable."

As for the 78 years of wedded bliss, Wilbur offers a tip.

"It's very simple... It's give and take, and compromise."


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