The Obamas will go down in history for many things. For a start, they’re one of the cutest and most affectionate couples in White House history. In fact, they’ve been inseparable – and adorable – ever since they first met in 1989, while working at the same law firm. And if you trace their history together from their early days to the present, what you uncover is one truly amazing love story.
Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson posed for this photo while visiting Kenya in 1992. At that point in time, the couple were engaged but not yet married. And while Michelle looked playful, Barack looked at the ground, serious and deep in thought. Perhaps he was considering what was to come for them both in the future?
However, Barack was very much smiling on his wedding day. The couple tied the knot on October 3, 1992, and it was obviously a very happy occasion for them both. Future style icon Michelle, meanwhile, wore a white cold-shoulder wedding dress and pearl earrings.
Then in 1996 the Obamas, looking as close as ever, took part in a photoshoot and interview with Mariana Cook of The New Yorker. “There is a strong possibility that Barack will pursue a political career,” Michelle told her. “There is a little tension with that. I’m very wary of politics.” Little did she know what would happen just 12 short years later…
And soon Barack was putting his ambition into action. By 2004, in fact, he was a U.S. Senate candidate, and Michelle – despite the earlier misgivings – was behind him all the way. So when his keynote speech at the July 2004 Democratic National Convention was met with great applause, his loving wife was there to embrace him.
Of course, the Obamas also had the support of their young children, Malia and Sasha, too. And throughout the senatorial race, the couple kept their marriage a priority and their children close by. Indeed, the girls even cuddled up to their parents while awaiting the U.S. Senate election results on November 2, 2004.
Then, of course, came the presidential race – and as the whole world knows, Obama won. On January 20, 2009, then, he was sworn in as America’s 44th President, following that up by joining Michelle for the traditional Inaugural Parade. The new First Lady, meanwhile, clung on to her husband like she would never let him go.
That same day, no fewer than ten Inaugural Balls took place in the evening, and Barack and Michelle looked very much in love as they danced. Even more adorably, though, the new President would introduce Michelle to the crowds that night by explaining that she did “everything I do, except in high heels.”
Many years later, President Obama would tweet a behind-the-scenes picture of that night. And he posted it on January 17, 2017: Michelle’s birthday. But it was the caption the commander-in-chief penned to accompany the shot that would make hearts melt across the globe. “To the girl from the South Side who took on a role she didn’t ask for and made it her own: Happy Birthday, Michelle. I love you,” he wrote.
What’s more, the couple’s affection for each other didn’t seem to dim in the slightest as they took up residency in the White House. And in addition to all the warm words they continued to have for each other, they shared a public hug in the White House’s Red Room on March 20, 2009.
A year later, meanwhile, and it looked like nothing had changed, as the couple were snapped enjoying an intimate moment in the Map Room on May 19, 2010. For the most part, heads of state aren’t generally overly affectionate with their spouses in public; clearly, though, this seemed to be a tradition that the Obamas were happy to break.
Yet one of the most touching photographs of the Obamas as First Couple is, in fact, one in which neither of their faces are visible. The official White House photographer snapped this beautiful image of the couple’s hands touching during a tour of St. Andrews Bay on August 15, 2010.
And no matter what important things President Obama was doing in his capacity as U.S. President, he never forgot to thank his wife. In fact, before signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law on December 13, 2010, he stopped to kiss Michelle.
Then, after four years of being President, Obama announced his intention to run for re-election on April 4, 2011. In the meantime, though, Michelle was keeping him grounded. On June 15, 2012, this photo was snapped of the pair looking out over their hometown of Chicago.
And even despite the stress that the forthcoming election must have put on them, the Obamas were apparently as loved-up as ever during this period. On July 16, 2012, during a basketball game in Washington D.C., the pair happily kissed for the Kiss Cam. Their embarrassed daughter Malia looked away, though, of course…
On August 15, 2012, meanwhile, the two of them hugged after delivering speeches in Iowa. “[Barack] knows what it means to want something better for your kids and your grandkids,” Michelle told the crowd. “And that’s why I love him, and that’s why I will have his back forever.”
Not long after that moment, though, a new chapter in the lives of the Obamas was to unfurl. On November 6, 2012, Barack was re-elected President; he and his family were set to spend four more years in the White House. And, naturally, after the results were announced he and Michelle embraced.
Plus, like any good husband, President Obama always made it a point to celebrate special events, such as Michelle’s birthday, with love and enthusiasm. January 17, 2013, saw one particularly adorable example, as the leader of the free world sang “Happy Birthday” to his spouse in the Blue Room of the White House.
And the public displays of affection just kept on coming – when the White House held its 2014 Easter Egg Roll party, for example, Obama was happy to kiss Michelle then as well. Being watched by guests, photographers, children and a giant bunny wasn’t going to stop him, either.
By the time Barack Obama’s presidency was reaching its end, however, he had become noticeably older-looking – not least through his grayer hair. But while the years may have aged the commander-in-chief, it hasn’t stopped him from posing for super-sweet shots like this one, taken on March 27, 2015.
And both Barack and Michelle Obama looked attractive and healthy on stage at an event on September 17, 2016. Clearly, then, the love they still have for each other is standing them in good stead.