Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated 28 years of marriage on Saturday (Oct. 3). The couple couldn’t let the day pass without taking to social media to share their love and appreciation for each other on their special day, and as always, the pair gushed over one another.
“Even with everything going on, I wanted to take a moment to say happy anniversary to the love of my life,” the former president wrote on Instagram, along with a sweet photo of himself and his wife. “Every day with @MichelleObama makes me a better husband, a better father, and a better human.”
The politician couldn’t let the moment pass without addressing his followers, and encouraging them to vote in the upcoming presidential election. “This year, while we appreciate all your well-wishes, what we’d really love is for each of you to reach out to one person in your life who might not vote. Help them get registered. Help them make a plan to cast their ballot. Send them to iwillvote.com to get started,” he added. “Happy anniversary, Miche. Love you.”
The former first lady followed suit and shared a photo of herself and her husband on Instagram. “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,” she captioned the post. “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. ❤️ ”
The Becoming author has been open about sharing her experience with marriage and has said it hasn’t always been easy for them. In a recent episode of “The Michelle Obama Podcast,” she revealed they had faced difficult times together as a couple.
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Last week on The #MichelleObamaPodcast, Conan and I reflected on our marriages. This relationship can be one of the most foundational pieces of our identities—bringing us so much joy, meaning, and support every single day. But one thing is for sure: It also takes a lot of work; a lot of honesty with ourselves and our partners. That’s one thing I’ve learned. I’d love to hear some of the things you’ve learned about marriage and about yourself. Let me know in the comments. ❤
“You’ve got to know that there are going to be times, long periods of time, when you can’t stand each other … I said it, you know, on the book tour, as a joke,” she said. “There were times that I wanted to push Barack out of the window, right. And I say that, because it’s like you’ve got to know the feelings will be intense. But that doesn’t mean you quit. And these periods can last a long time. They can last years.”
She continued: “I just want to say, look, if that breaks a marriage, then Barack and I have been broken off and on, throughout our marriage, but we have a very strong marriage. And if I had given up on it, if I had walked away from it, in those tough times, then I would’ve missed all the beauty, that was there as well.”
The couple met in 1989 and tied the knot on October 3, 1992. They share two kids together, daughters Malia and Sasha.