The look of love. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama shared a particularly tender moment during his farewell speech in Chicago on Tuesday, January 10.
The Commander in Chief–opting to deliver his final remarks as President of the United States from the couple’s home city–got emotional while thanking his wife, who was proudly seated in the audience beside their eldest daughter, Malia.
“Michelle… Michelle LaVaughn Robinson from the Southside,” he 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.”
As the president paused to express his deepest gratitude, he exchanged a look of pure love, respect and appreciation with his wife. “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,” he concluded. “You’ve made the country proud.”
The couple first met in 1989 while working at a law firm—he was a Harvard associate at the time, and she was his advisor. Three years later, on October 3, 1992, the two married in Chicago. They most recently celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary by posting adorable photos on social media.
The first lady responded to her husband’s praises late Tuesday night with a sweet message of her own. “So proud of POTUS and all that we’ve accomplished together,” she wrote on Instagram, alongside a throwback family photo. “What an incredible journey filled with remarkable people. I love you Barack. -mo.”
“I have to be in tune. All the time,” the first lady told Vogue last December. “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… 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.”
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