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Forever his First Lady: Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s love story in pictures

29 years of love, laughter and friendship.
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“Marriage flourishes when the couple works together as a team; when both husband and wife decide that winning together is more important than keeping score. Good marriages don’t just happen. They are a product of hard work.”

These are the wise words of Michelle Obama, who also happens to have been happily married to her husband, former-President of the United States Barack Obama, for around 29 years.

They’ve been together for over a quarter of a century and raised two daughters, Malia, 23, and Sasha, 20, and their love continues to grow.

Scroll through Michelle and Barack’s love story in pictures and we DARE you to find a celebrity union that competes with theirs.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

Barack and Michelle, both Harvard graduates, met back in 1989 when Michelle, then Michelle Robinson, was assigned as Barack’s mentor at law firm Sidely Austin LLP.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

They went on their first date a month later, and it was then that Michelle began to learn, and love, everything about her now-husband. “He showed all the sides – he was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive. The fountain – nice touch. The walk – patient,” she says.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

The pair married on October 3, 1992, and Barack couldn’t be happier with his bride of almost 30 years. “The quality I love most about her is, she’s honest and genuine,” he says.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

In 1998, Barack and Michelle’s eldest daughter, Malia, was born – fittingly on July 4, 1998 – Independence Day in the United States. Sasha (full name Natasha) was born on June 10, 2001.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

Three years later, their familial political journey began, with Barack being elected into the US Senate. Then in 2008, Barack was elected the 44th President of the United States, with Michelle becoming the country’s First Lady.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

But just because they live their lives in the public eye doesn’t mean that they shy away from showing their love for each other.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

Let’s take a moment to appreciate this candid, intimate moment between Barack and Michelle…

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Barack and Michelle Obama

“Roses are red, violets are blue. You are the president and I am your boo,” Michelle lovingly joked of her husband during his Presidency.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

“If you were going to list the 100 most popular things that I have done as president, being married to Michelle Obama is number one,” Barack says.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

The two are clearly inseparable…

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Barack and Michelle Obama

And Barack even doubles as a personal photographer/Instagram boyfriend for Michelle!

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Barack and Michelle Obama

We don’t know a love quite as strong as theirs.

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Barack Obama thanks wife Michelle in moving speech

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Barack and Michelle Obama

In a birthday post dedicated to his wife, Barack write, “You’re not only my wife and the mother of my children, you’re my best friend. I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day.”

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Barack and Michelle Obama

Michelle lovingly responded, “You’re my best friend, biggest fan, and getting notes and flowers from you will never get old.”

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Barack and Michelle Obama

“You make every day and every place better,” the former president shared on Valentine’s Day 2018.

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27th wedding anniversary

For their 27th wedding anniversary, Barck penned: “Like the Beatles said: It’s getting better all the time. Thanks, babe, for 27 amazing years!”

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27th wedding anniversary

Michelle’s heartfelt post read: “27 years ago, this guy promised me a life full of adventure. I’d say he’s delivered. Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Happy anniversary, Barack. 💕”

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Barack and Michelle Obama

To ring in their 28th wedding anniversary, Michelle captioned this loved-up picture: “28 years with this one. 💕 I love @BarackObama for his smile, his character, and his compassion. So grateful to have him as a partner through everything life throws at us. And this year, we have a request for you — pick one person in your life who might not vote and make sure they do. Tell us about it in the comments! That’s an anniversary message of the best kind. Love you, Barack. ❤️😘.”

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Barack and Michelle Obama

They supported each other during the 59th Presidential Inauguration for President Joe Biden, who served as Barack’s VP.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

Barack kissed his wife hello during the ceremonial groundbreaking at the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park in September 2021.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

The Obamas rang in 2022 with their signature suave.

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To celebrate Michelle’s 58th birthday, the former president shared this sweet picture of him planting a kiss on her cheek with the sunset behind them.

He sweetly wrote, “Happy birthday, Michelle. My love, my partner, my best friend…”

A besotted Michelle commented, “❤️😘,” on her husband’s post.

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Barack and Michelle Obama

Here’s to many more years.

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