25 Moments You Wished The Obamas Were Your Actual Parents
Even if you didn't agree with everything that Barack Obama accomplished during his presidency, one thing is hard to deny — Barack and Michelle were possibly the most awe-inspiring couple ever to have graced the White House. Sprinkled across those wonderful eight years, there were countless times when Michelle and Barack Obama were so wholesome that you would have gladly traded in your own parents for just one day of being able to call the Obamas your mom and dad. Well, maybe not, but still — the nation couldn't get enough of the former first couple.
Not only did they show their love for each other at every possible moment, they also let the whole country's prying eyes into some of their most adorable moments. Between the Easter Egg Rolls, White House trick or treating, dog walks, and even the first White House campout, the Obamas gave us plenty of reasons to swoon and wish that we could relive our childhoods. Now that they've been out of the public eye for seven months, maybe you're ready for a nostalgic wander through some of the Obamas' most wholesome, adorable, couple-y moments. Fair warning: you might want to get the tissues out for this one.
1When Barack Lent Michelle His Jacket
Barack had literally just been elected president, but that didn't appear to change the dynamic of their relationship. This photo of his suit jacked draped over Michelle's shoulders, with everyone else respectfully averting their gazes so the Obamas could be cute together — what an elevator ride of dreams.
2When They Were Caught On The Kiss Cam
JUST NOW!!! Barack & Michelle Obama appeared on the Kiss Cam at USA vs. Brazil BUT MICHELLE WOULDN'T "give him any"! pic.twitter.com/j31VCGhE— STRAWBERRY (@STRAWBERRYradio) July 17, 2012
When the kiss cam found them at the USA vs. Brazil basketball game in 2012, they gave us a show — first by refusing to do what the kiss cam asked, and then by sharing an adorable kiss afterwards.
3When They Took Sasha To Play Mini-Golf
Hey, first children need to enjoy themselves too, and sometimes that means a first family trip to the local mini-golf course. And, of course, the photos that resulted from the outing were magical.
4When They Held The First White House Campout
Look at that. Seriously, how could that not be the most fun event ever?
5When They Went Trick Or Treating With The Baby Pope
This was one of those moments that reminded you that the Obamas weren't just public figures, they're also parents. And what parent (or person with a heart, really) wouldn't think that a baby fully decked out as the pope isn't totally adorable? Michelle and Barack definitely got into it.
6When They Hung Out With Bo & Sunny
The girls wanted a dog, as so many of us once did. And so their parents got them one, doing their best to find a dog that wouldn't bother Malia's allergies. It must not have been such a big problem, though, because they ended up getting a second Portuguese water dog, Sunny, to join their first, Bo. Again, whenever they hung out with dogs and we all got to see pictures, it was an excellent reminder of the fact that behind all of the politics, the Obamas were really just a happy family.
7When They Held A Very Important Public Reading
So monstrous! Barack and Michelle held a reading of Where The Wild Things Are for the Easter Egg Roll in 2016 and really got into the acting. Remember that this was when the campaign was already in full swing — but sometimes you just have to take a break and act like a forest creature, because that's just what the world needs.
8When Michelle Wished Barack A Happy 55th
55 years young and that smile still gets me every single day. Happy birthday, Barack. I love you. -mo pic.twitter.com/RbrZ7YTyc8— First Lady- Archived (@FLOTUS44) August 4, 2016
There are adorable birthday Twitter posts, and then there's Michelle's tweet for Barack on his 55th birthday. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what true love is.
9When Barack Supported Michelle From Afar
Michelle's biggest fans were watching from home: pic.twitter.com/nOYmACPG— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 5, 2012
Like, just put yourself in Michelle's position. If you can't have your family support you in person, is there anything that could make you happier than this exact tweet?
10When They Had Matching 20th Anniversary Tweets
Happy 20th anniversary, Barack. Thank you for being an incredible partner, friend, and father every day. I love you! –mo— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) October 3, 2012
Being the president and the first lady is no excuse to forget anniversaries. And unsurprisingly, Barack and Michelle didn't forget them. Instead, they gave the world matching public greetings, and absolutely none of us teared up, definitely not. The Obamas' other anniversary posts are all just as adorable.
Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend. Happy anniversary, Michelle. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 3, 2012
11When Barack Celebrated His Re-election
Did he make a political statement or say anything about the electoral vote total? No, of course not. He reminded us that he was in it as part of a team.
12When Michelle Took Us Back In Time
Happy birthday, Barack! Your hair's a little grayer, but I love you more than ever.— First Lady- Archived (@FLOTUS44) August 4, 2013
Is there anything more heartwarming than looking at pictures of your parents from when they were young and in love? I mean, Barack and Michelle are pretty much still young and in love, but it's still adorable to catch a glimpse of their earlier days.
13When Michelle Celebrated Father's Day Right
In case you were wondering, no, the Obamas did not stop being cute once Barack left office.
14When We Got To See Barack In A Sweater Vest
Between Barack's style, the amazing star on the tree, and how perfect they look together, Michelle's 2014 Christmas post made the day truly special.
15When Barack Reminded Us Who His Best Friend Was
You know, like, in case there was any doubt about that.
16When Barack Never Missed A Valentine's Day
Or really, never missed an opportunity to celebrate his wife, ever. And come on, just look at her face.
17When They Dressed Up Their Doggos
It's impossible not to be entertained by a dog in a jersey, as the Obamas have clearly found.
18When They Had Matching Supportive Tweets
Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.— President Obama (@POTUS44) July 26, 2016
They weren't just firing up the Democratic Party at the 2016 Democratic National Convention — they were clearly also impressing each other. Barack went first, but Michelle was not to be outdone.
19When Michelle Took A Pic We've All Taken
They were on vacation, less than a month removed from the White House, but Michelle still took a moment to share her and Barack's Valentine's Day with us — in the cutest way.
20When They Got So Adorably Silly Together
Seriously, it's hard to believe that there's ever a moment when they're not having fun together.
21When They Wished Us All A Happy Thanksgiving
From this family to yours, happy Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/OPGyjTF8— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 22, 2012
And at the same time, they reminded us that having that family in the White House was definitely something to be thankful for.
22When Michelle Celebrated Barack As A Dad
Kids always seem to know: pic.twitter.com/QAq9NegL— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 2, 2012
Michelle almost certainly didn't take this picture, but it really lets you see him through her eyes for just a moment.
23When Barack Told Michelle What He Really Thinks
Happy Mother's Day to my love and partner on this journey @MichelleObama, and to all the wonderful, hardworking mothers out there.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 14, 2017
Can you imagine a more affirming way to be described as "my love and partner on this journey?" What a wonderful thing to hear from your spouse.
24When Barack Amplified Michelle's Voice
Obviously Michelle has a big enough platform of her own, but Barack's still such a supportive partner that he wants to expand it even more.
25When They Gave Us Something To Be Hopeful About On Inauguration Day
Like, is there ever a moment when it's not crystal clear how totally in love they are? Even in the politically charged moment that was Donald Trump's inauguration, Barack still found a moment to kiss Michelle's hand, reminding us all that life isn't all politics — sometimes there's more to it.
The Obamas gave us so much over their eight years in the White House, and their more recent tweets have shown that they're unlikely to stop being the public couple of everyone's dreams any time soon. Maybe Sasha and Malia are the only ones lucky enough to actually have Barack and Michelle as parents, but at least the rest of us have them as a truly heartwarming inspiration.