A little love note was what many in America were needing on Tuesday, morning the violence in Las Vegas and the loss of Tom Petty.
And former first lady Michelle Obama has provided one, although intended for her husband, that we can all take solace in for a moment.
There have been countless reasons to miss Barack and Michelle Obama since they left the White House in January. Politics aside, the former first couple embodied many observers’ loftiest dreams of what a romantic relationship and life partnership can look like.
“Happy 25th anniversary @barackobama. A quarter of a century later, you’re still my best friend & the most extraordinary man I know. I _ you,” the former first lady tweeted on Tuesday as she and her husband celebrated a quarter of a century of marriage. Her message got more than 190,000 likes and more than 44,000 retweets within hours.
Last year, Barack posted on Facebook a photo of him and Michelle dancing to celebrate two dozen years together. “Dancing through 24 years. Happy Anniversary,” he wrote. The post garnered 1.3 million reactions, more than 43,000 shares and about 25,000 comments.
It has been 25 years since the two tied the knot at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in 1992. A fictionalized version of their first date in 1989 served as the entire plot of Southside With You. In the film, which was released in August 2016, Parker Sawyers plays Barack as a young law school student who’s working at a law firm as a summer associate and smitten with his supervisor, young lawyer Michelle Robinson. He invites her to a community organizing meeting, a get-together she initially insists is not a date. He picks her up way too early, on purpose, and they fill the day in each other’s company. Michelle finally concedes that it’s a date, and it ends with ice cream and a kiss