Michelle Obama’s Message for the President on His 55th Birthday Gives Us All the Feels

FLOTUS POTUS BirthdayFirst Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama depart Marine One after visiting Dallas, Texas, where the President delivered remarks at an interfaith service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the families of the fallen police officers and members of the Dallas community at The White House on July 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)

That’s love. After their adorable appearance at an official White House state dinner this week, First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted the sweetest message on Thursday, August 4, to celebrate President Obama’s 55th birthday.

The first lady uploaded a candid photo of herself joking around with her husband at one of their many formal occasions. In the pic, the Commander in Chief grins adorably at his wife as she reaches out to touch his chin.

“55 years young and that smile still gets me every single day,” FLOTUS tweeted on her handle. “Happy birthday, Barack. I love you. -mo.”

Their latest public display of affection comes a day after President Obama looked absolutely enamored with his stunning wife at a state dinner on Tuesday night. In photos, the president even signaled a thumbs-up sign to express his approval for his wife of 26 years, who looked resplendent at the event in a white gown by Brandon Maxwell.

On his birthday, President Obama tackled the topic of feminism in a personal essay. The leader of the free world shared numerous anecdotes about his marriage and his family life to convey why he considers himself a feminist in a first-person piece for Glamour published Thursday morning.

“One thing that makes me optimistic for them is that this is an extraordinary time to be a woman,” the president wrote. “The progress we’ve made in the past 100 years, 50 years, and, yes, even the past eight years has made life significantly better for my daughters than it was for my grandmothers. And I say that not just as President but also as a feminist.”

He went on to emphasize the profound impact made by the women in his personal life. “I was raised by a single mom, who spent much of her career working to empower women in developing countries. I watched as my grandmother, who helped raise me, worked her way up at a bank only to hit a glass ceiling,” POTUS wrote. “I’ve seen how Michelle has balanced the demands of a busy career and raising a family. Like many working mothers, she worried about the expectations and judgments of how she should handle the trade-offs, knowing that few people would question my choices. And the reality was that when our girls were young, I was often away from home serving in the state legislature, while also juggling my teaching responsibilities as a law professor. I can look back now and see that, while I helped out, it was usually on my schedule and on my terms. The burden disproportionately and unfairly fell on Michelle.”

The president also tackled other issues currently challenging progress in America. “We need to keep changing a culture that shines a particularly unforgiving light on women and girls of color. Michelle has often spoken about this. Even after achieving success in her own right, she still held doubts; she had to worry about whether she looked the right way or was acting the right way—whether she was being too assertive or too ‘angry,’” he shared. “As a parent, helping your kids to rise above these constraints is a constant learning process. Michelle and I have raised our daughters to speak up when they see a double standard or feel unfairly judged based on their gender or race—or when they notice that happening to someone else. It’s important for them to see role models out in the world who climb to the highest levels of whatever field they choose. And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men.”

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