The top ten Barack and Michelle Obama moments
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.
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.
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.
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.
They are often caught whispering to each other, like during the break between in events at the 2011 UN General Assembly.
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”.
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.