Sunday 19 November 2017

The top ten Barack and Michelle Obama moments

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama receive a kiss from President Barack Obama during her hosting of the Turnaround Arts Talent Show at the White House in Washington May 20, 2014. Turnaround Arts is a program to help turn around low-performing schools and increase student achievement through arts education. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama receive a kiss from President Barack Obama during her hosting of the Turnaround Arts Talent Show at the White House in Washington May 20, 2014. Turnaround Arts is a program to help turn around low-performing schools and increase student achievement through arts education. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)
US President Barack Obama (2nd L), his wife Michelle (2nd R) and their daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) are greeted by a team of elves made up of former patients of the Children's National Medical Centre. Photo: Reuters
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during the Commander-in-Chief Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, January 20, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president earlier in the day. Getty Images

Anita McSorley

The president was supporting his First Lady at the Turnaround Arts Talent Show at the White House yesterday, which Michelle was hosting.

After finishing a speech about the importance of arts in education, she turned to her husband and kissed him.

We’ve put together a list of their top ten moments.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during the Commander-in-Chief Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, January 20, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president earlier in the day. Getty Images
 

1. Their first dance

After his election in 2009, the couple shared their first dance as President and First Lady at the Inaugural Ball in Washington in 2009.

Beyonce sang Etta James’ ‘At Last’ for the couple as they laughed and took their first spin around the dance floor, twirling, with their eyes closed, and occasionally brushing their heads against each other.

Before the dance, Obama addressed the crowd with, “First of all, how good-looking is my wife?”

2. The fist-bump

To congratulate her husband for being named the Democratic presidential nominee, Michelle Obama raised her fist for an affectionate bump, highlighting the couple’s playful nature.

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First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama

3. Dates

The couple have regular ‘date nights’ . Michelle Obama told American TV station, TVOne, in 2009 “We usually go out for dinner and what I’ve found interesting is that our girls like it. My oldest daughter, now that she’s 10, she’s very precocious and now can really articulate about how she feels about this stuff. She says ‘you know it makes me feel good to see you and Dad hold hands.’ And we forget about that. We think, you know, that they don’t care about that. They like the fact that they know that we love each other…that gives them security. “

4. Kiss cams

At a USA v Brazil pre-Olympic basketball game in 2012, they were spotted and put on the famous kiss cam. The naive couple didn’t kiss, claiming they didn’t realise it was a kiss cam. In the second half, the camera once again spotted them and they were given a second chance. With the roar of the crowd, they finally kissed.

 

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for a reception at the White House for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees on December 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. The honorees this year include: opera singer Martina Arroyo, jazz musician Herbie Hancock, musician Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and musician Carlos Santana. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)
 

5. Hand holding

The Obamas often hold hands in public. When they touched down in Ireland for their visit in 2011, they held hands as walked down the steps of Air-force one.

6. Whispers

They are often caught whispering to each other, like during the break between in events at the 2011 UN General Assembly.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama receive a kiss from President Barack Obama during her hosting of the Turnaround Arts Talent Show at the White House in Washington May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
 

 

7. Plaque to mark their first kiss

There is a plaque in Chicago marking the place where Barack Obama first kissed the woman who would become his wife. The plaque reads “on this site President Barack Obama first kissed his wife”.

8. 20th Wedding Anniversary tweets

In 2012, the Obama’s celebrated 20 years of being married. Michelle famously forgot her first wedding anniversary, but she seems to have gotten better at remembering.

That morning, Obama tweeted his wife:

“Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend. Happy anniversary, Michelle. –bo”

Michelle replied with:

“Happy 20th anniversary, Barack. Thank you for being an incredible partner, friend, and father every day. I love you! –mo”

9. The hula dance

In 2009, the Obama’s hosted a garden in the White House for members of congress. During the event, Mrs. Obama gave a preview of the Hawaii-themed picnic saying, “We’ve got a great picnic planned with some great hula dancers.” before demonstrating the dance. The President, laughing, replied with “try that again”.

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US President Barack Obama (2nd L), his wife Michelle (2nd R) and their daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) are greeted by a team of elves made up of former patients of the Children's National Medical Centre. Photo: Reuters
 

10. Their family portraits

For their first family portrait, the family opted for a black-and-white motif with the girls casually draping their arms over their adoring parents. In the second, updated in 2011, they are seated on a beige couch in the Oval Office, the parents protectively grasping to their daughters hands with the youngest, Sasha, sitting upon her father’s knee.

 

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