Politics, politics, politics. More often than not when politics is brought up in discussion, people cease to be rational folk. Instead of seeing politicians as human beings, we often see them as nothing more than the party they represent. The same could be said for Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who often receive attacks on their character, intelligence, and even on their looks.
However, the Obamas seem like a pretty down-to-earth, relatable couple, and thanks to the fact that they were the first presidential family to embrace social media, there’s a ton of photographic evidence to prove how perfect they are for each other.
Let’s look at the top 12!
12. Kenya, 1992
Looking at this picture, who would have thought Barack Obama would one day go on to become President of the United States? This picture, taken in Kenya, shows how people live differently around the world. Perhaps it was experiences like these that pushed President Obama to pursue a political career.
11. Winfield House London, 2011
This iconic picture shows the impressed faces of Michelle and Barack when they were visiting London in 2011. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip were approaching in a lavish car. This photo is often used in memes of the couple and will live for quite some time on the internet. It captures their playful side quite well.
10. Inaugural Ball, 2009
This cute moment is taken of the couple on their way to one of many inaugural balls in 2009. The two are often caught embracing in adorable, fun, and carefree moments while they were going through unique stresses at the White House. You have to wonder what was going through their minds at this moment.
9. A Little Kiss Cam Love, 2012
This picture is amazing and needs to receive more love on the internet (no matter your political leanings, give this some credit). Not only is the kiss adorable, them sitting next to their eldest daughter Malia and Vice President Joe Biden makes the picture even more loveable. Biden probably followed this with one of his special one-liners.
8. Michelle Being Michelle, 2015
During a promo taping of the 2015 World Expo in the Diplomatic Reception Room, Michelle Obama took the opportunity to flash an adorable smile. It doesn’t look as if the President was all too excited to be there. There’s no telling what other national crisis he was dealing with at the time.
7. Michelle Dancing With Virginia McLaurin
Virgina McLaurin was 106 at the time of this iconic picture; she lived through segregation, Jim Crow, the civil rights movement, and then saw a multi-ethnic Barack Obama win the Presidency of the United States. There had to be a lot of emotion and thoughts running through Virginia during her trip to the White House.
6. White House Easter Egg Roll, 2016
This picture was taken on the south lawn of the White House where Michelle and Barack were reading a story to a group of children who had the opportunity to take part in the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2016. Their photographer was able to capture their facial expressions in this classic moment.
5. Campaign Bus In New Hampshire, 2008
During the trial, tribulations, and stressful environment of a Presidential campaign trail, this picture captures one of the soft moments between stump speeches. The campaign Barack Obama and John McCain waged against each other was (compared to recent events, at least) one between two gentlemen, but that doesn’t take away from the wear and tear of politics.
4. With Malia & Sasha On Senate Election Night, 2004
This was probably the night where Barack Obama first realized he was in a unique position to one day become the President of the United States. Obama would win the election by approximately 50% which would springboard him into the national spotlight. As a representative of Illinois, he made waves from with the Senate halls.
3. Governors Ball, 2009
Michelle and Barack were captured in this picture at the Governors Ball in 2009. Obama often received criticism for not mingling with members of the opposing party in politics, but he usually attended these elite banquets with them all the same. This is another adorable picture where the couple is clearing enjoying each other’s company as they share a dance.
2. Playing With Sunny And Bo, 2011
President Obama clearly wasn’t ready to meet the visitors in the blue room. Many husbands around the world have been looked at by their wife like how Michelle is looking at him here. Politicians aren’t often seen in playful moments, but this is definitely one of those for President Obama.
1. Inaugural Ball, 2009
President Obama is geeking out during this inaugural ball picture. Michelle seems to have had enough of what had to have been a busy and tiring day of inauguration. Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration was attended by an estimated 1.8 million people, making it the most attended inauguration of all time.
These pictures capture the human side of the Obamas. No matter your political leanings or thoughts about the Obama administration, it’s clear that Barack and Michelle love one another. I mean come on, who can’t relate to #2? Oh, and #6 is another one that’s hard to criticize while we’re at it.
While their time in the White House is over, the couple is relatively young and the two will more than likely remain in the public spotlight for decades to come. Hopefully, that just means that the Obamas will have to take more fun pictures that make us feel stuff!