Following this tumultuous year, it seems that many Americans' core values have been shaken. With Hillary Clinton's unexpected and crushing defeat and the election of well-documented misogynist Donald Trump to the presidency, it can feel difficult to determine which way is up. But if there's one thing you should never give up on — excuse any cheesiness here — it's your faith in true love. Because despite who may be entering the White House, we've had an amazing example of what true, hardworking, and dedicated
love looks like from Barack and Michelle Obama these last eight years.
You can feel their love from so many places — from the way they look at one another, to the manner in which, after all these years and regardless of job titles, still challenge one another to be the best version of themselves. It certainly is something to aspire to in your own partnerships.
These photos give a glimpse into
the Obamas' love for one another, surely a key element to the success of the president's two terms in office. Barack said this himself, telling Oprah in a 2011 interview: "Obviously I couldn't have done anything that I've done without Michelle. You were asking earlier what keeps me sane, what keeps me balanced, what allows me to deal with the pressure. It is this young lady right here. ... Not only has she been a great first lady, she is just my rock. I count on her in so many ways every single day." Election Night Embrace EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images US President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle during an election night party in Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 2008.
Barack and Michelle were photographed in this embrace during his election night victory rally in 2008 — the look he gives her says it all.
A Great Dance Partner SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance during the Midwestern Regional Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, January 20, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president earlier in the day.
The pair were captured dancing during the
Midwestern Regional Inaugural Ball the evening of President Obama's 2009 inauguration. No dad dance moves this time. First Dance As President & First Lady SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance 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.
Another shot from the 2009 inaugural ball, because it's too cute not to share.
A Family Portrait SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Malia Obama walks her new six-month old Portuguese water dog Bo alongside US President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 14, 2009.
It would be amiss to discuss Barack and Michelle's love for each other without sharing a photo of the whole family. Sasha and Malia (and Bo, too!) have done so well being in a loving family.
A Sweet Moment On Their Wedding Anniversary CHARLES DHARAPAK/AFP/Getty Images US President and former Illinois senator Barack Obama speaks to his wife US first lady Michelle Obama after he presented Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, on October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will vote on the destiny of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games after a final round battle.
Here, Michelle and Barack were seen celebrating
their 17th wedding anniversary in October 2009. The pair dined at Blue Duck Tavern in Washington D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood. A Partnership To Aspire To JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama before signing into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington on December 13, 2010.
This photo was taken moments after
President Obama signed a school nutrition bill into law, a subject the first lady has heavily championed the last eight years as well. A Hug On The 2010 Campaign Trail SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama embraces First Lady Michelle Obama prior to speaking during a rally for the Democratic National Committee at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, October 17, 2010.
Families that campaign together, stay together.
The Best Kind Of Hug Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images NASHUA, NH - JANUARY 08: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is hugged by his wife Michelle Obama before his speech at a primary night rally in the gymnasium at the Nashua South High School on January 8, 2008 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Obama finished a projected 2nd place behind Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in the nation's first democratic primary (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Everyone knows the best kind of hug is the sneaky, behind-the-back hug.
Always Got My Vote EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama casts his vote in the 2008 presidential elections with wife Michelle (L) in Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 2008.
Who do you think they voted for?
A Theatrical Couple NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama read Maurice Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are' to children at the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 28, 2016.
Some 35,000 guests have been invited to participate in the 138th annual Easter Egg roll. The theme of the day's event is Let's Celebrate!
Barack and Michelle
delivered an adorable reading and performance of during this year's White House Easter Egg Roll. Where The Wild Things Are A Courtside Laugh Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images CORONADO, CA - NOVEMBER 11: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama speak to one another during the NCAA men's college basketball Carrier Classic between the Michigan State Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels aboard the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on November 11, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
They say the best couple's indulge in each other's interests — here, the presidential couple can be seen sharing a laugh at a basketball game, one of Barack's favorite sports.
Love In Black & White JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images BLACK AND WHITE VERSION - US President Barack Obama (L) kisses First Lady Michelle Obama (R) as they arrive to deliver remarks during a campaign event at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa, August 15, 2012, during his three-day campaign bus tour across the state.
Barack gives Michelle a sweet kiss following an
August 2016 rally. Somehow, the black and white filter makes it all the cuter. Exchanging Glances EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate US Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle during a rally at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 21, 2008. Pennsylvania will hold its primary vote on April 22.
Michelle and Barack exchange glances at a 2008 rally, with another look that really says it all.
Easter Kisses Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: U.S. President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn April 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama and the first lady hosted thousands of children for the annual White House event dating back to 1876 that features live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling, as well as the Easter egg roll this year. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A sweet image from another White House Easter Egg Roll. Not even the Easter bunny can distract from this one.
Love Over Dinner Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama after speaking at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, DC. This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
The White House Correspondents' Dinner really won't be the same without these two.
Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama await the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha Cameron, prior to a State Dinner as part of an official visit on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2012.
During a March 2012 state dinner, Barack (understandably) couldn't keep his eyes off of Michelle.
Always By Your Side MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images First Lady Michelle Obama embraces US President Barack Obama during a signing ceremony for a bill which provides tax credits to companies to put veterans back to work November 21, 2011 in the South Court Auditorium, next to the White House in Washington, DC.
It's really refreshing to see how they are so confident both in themselves and each other.
Some More Dance Moves Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance during the Commander in Chief Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Obama was sworn in for his second term earlier in the day. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
An image from the 2013 inaugural ball — both looked stunning and in love as ever during the event.
A Lovely Boat Ride MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Sasha watch off the bow for porpoises while on a boat ride aboard the Bay Point Lady August 15, 2010 in St Andrews Bay off Panama City Beach, Florida.
The pair were photographed here along with daughter Sasha during a
2010 beach trip to Florida. An Active Couple Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images WEST TISBURY, MA - AUGUST 15: U.S. President Barack Obama(C), First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia Obama ride bikes along the Correllus State Bike Path on August 15, 2014 outside of West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The President and his family are currently on vacation in Martha's Vineyard. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
Challenging your partner to remain healthy is key in a good relationship. Here are the Obamas doing just that on a vacation.
Holding Your Hand MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on September 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama was headed to New York City to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
No matter how long they've been married, Michelle and Barack can often be found holding each other's hand wherever they go.
The Obamas are a wonderful reminder and example of what true love looks like. No matter what these next four years bring, they are certainly a couple to aspire to.