With less than 2 days left until Barack Obama leaves the office, we’re missing him and his wife Michelle already. The Obama legacy extends far beyond their political and social activities. From the first date 27 years ago, to the last days at the White House, the Obamas have shown nothing but radiant love for each other, and have become one of the most celebrated couples in the world.
“Michelle never asked to be First Lady,” Barack Obama told Vogue. “Like a lot of political spouses, the role was thrust upon her. But I always knew she’d be incredible at it, and put her own unique stamp on the job. That’s because who you see is who she is — the brilliant, funny, generous woman who, for whatever reason, agreed to marry me.”
Michelle has recently celebrated her 53rd birthday, so to commemorate that we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic photos documenting the Obamas love story.
#1. Barack Obama And Fiancée, Michelle, In Kenya, 1992
#2. Barack Obama Kisses Michelle Obama For The “Kiss Cam” While Attending The U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team’s Game Against Brazil At The Verizon Center In Washington, On July 16, 2012
#3. The Couple Knows How To Have Fun Together. Here, They’re Making Faces As The Car Carrying Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip Arrives At Winfield House In London, In 2011
#4. Michelle Obama And President Barack Obama Speak During A Rally At Alliant Energy Amphitheater In Dubuque, Iowa On Aug. 15, 2012
#5. The First Lady Snuggled Against The President During A Video Taping For The 2015 World Expo In The Diplomatic Reception Room Of The White House
#6. Barack Obama And Michelle Obama’s Hands Rest On The Railing Of A Boat During Their Tour Of St. Andrews Bay In Panama City Beach, Fla., Aug. 15, 2010
#7. Barack Obama And Michelle Obama In A Family Snapshot From Their Wedding Day, Oct. 18, 1992
#8. President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama Imitate Monsters As They Read Where The Wild Things Are During The White House Easter Egg Roll On The South Lawn Of The White House On March 28, 2016 In Washington, D.C.
#9. President Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama Ride In A Golf Cart At An Inaugural Ball In Washington, D.C, Jan. 20, 2009
#10. Barack Obama And Michelle Obama Share A Private Moment In A Freight Elevator At An Inaugural Ball In Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009
#11. Barack And Michelle Obama, With Daughters Malia And Sasha, Waiting For The Results Of His Senate Bid On Election Night, 2004
#12. President Barack Obama Watches First Lady Michelle Obama Dance With 106-Year-Old Virginia McLaurin Prior To A Reception Celebrating African American History
#13. The President And First Lady Hold Hands As They Listen To The Remarks Of Rep. John Lewis Commemorating The 50th Anniversary Of Bloody Sunday And The Selma To Montgomery Civil Rights Marches On March 7, 2015
#14. President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama, Joined By Family Pets Sunny And Bo, Wait To Greet Visitors In The Blue Room During A White House Tour, Nov. 5, 2013
#15. Family Portrait In The Oval Office
#16. President Barack Obama And Michelle Obama Dance At The Governors Ball, 2009
#17. Barack Obama And His Wife Michelle Obama Bump Fists At An Election Night Rally At The Xcel Energy Center June 3, 2008
#18. Barack And Michelle Obama, May 26, 1996
#19. President Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama Wait In The Map Room Of The White House, Before Welcoming President Felipe Calderón Of Mexico And His Wife, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, To The White House, May 19, 2010
#20. Michelle And Barack Obama Ride On His Campaign Bus In New Hampshire After A Late Night Of Campaigning In 2008