That’s devotion. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, October 3, and the former first lady took to Instagram to commemorate the latest milestone in her marriage.
“Happy 25th anniversary @barackobama,” she captioned a black-and-white wedding photo. “A quarter of a century later, you’re still my best friend & the most extraordinary man I know. I [love] you.”
The power couple met in 1989 while both working at a law firm in Chicago. He was an associate and she just happened to be his advisor. Three years later, they exchanged vows in their hometown on October 3, 1992. Throughout the family’s two terms in the White House, Obama remained adorably affectionate and supportive of his wife.
In his farewell speech from Chicago in January 2017, the president got emotional while paying tribute to his wife. “Michelle… Michelle LaVaughn Robinson from the Southside,” Obama said. “For the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.”
During her tenure as First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Obama advocated and pushed for childhood health and development, in addition to education for young girls in the country and around the world.
“I have to be in tune,” she told Vogue in December 2016. “All the time. I have to be in tune with my husband, where he is, how he’s feeling. I have to be in tune with where my family is. The same thing is true in the work that I do. It’s all about me feeling where people are. So that’s why I try to be really present, even when I’m on a rope line. I never take for granted my interactions with people. And it’s never black-and-white. I’m usually reading the crowd, reading the people that I’m with. I guess if this role has changed me, it’s improved my ability to do that. I’ve gotten better at sensing where people are at any given time.”