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
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
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.
10When They Had Matching 20th Anniversary Tweets
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.
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.
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.