Not that you were looking for yet another reason to love the former president and first lady of the United States, but here’s one more for good measure: On a whim, a woman invited Barack and Michelle to her upcoming nuptials, and the Obamas actually responded to her wedding invitation. The fact that they responded at all is amazing by most standards. (There are more than a handful of weddings where I cut my RSVP date pretty close to the deadline.) But what’s more is they didn’t just check “no” on the RSVP, like us mere mortals. That’s right, the Obamas are even thoughtful when they decline a stranger's wedding invitation.
Twitter user Brooke shared a photo of the letter that her mom, Liz Whitlow, the aforementioned bride, received from the Obamas. She captioned the photo, “MY MOM DEADASS SENT THE OBAMAS A WEDDING INVITATION BACK IN MARCH AND JUST RECEIVED THIS IN THE MAIL. I'M HOLLERING.” If there were any occasion to type in all caps, this would be the most appropriate of occasions.
One of my preferred forms of self-care is wondering what the Obamas are doing at any given moment. It is an admittedly creepy respite from the fiery death pit that is our current news cycle. Occasionally, that line of thinking takes me down a path of supposing whether or not the Obamas would partake in what I am currently partaking. I can now rest assured knowing that they would love to attend any and all future weddings I go to, but probably can’t, on account of the fact that they’re the Obamas.
The letter, which is adorned by a Barack and Michelle Obama letterhead (#StationeryGoals), reads as follows:
Congratulations on your wedding. We hope that your marriage is blessed with love, laughter, and happiness and that your bond grows stronger with each passing year. This occasion marks the beginning of a lifelong partnership, and as you embark on this journey, know you have our very best for the many joys and adventures that lie ahead.
Now you never have to worry about what to write in a wedding card ever again. Just print off this message and send it to the couple.
Brooke’s tweet, which has since been liked over 139,000 times, has prompted messages from people who’ve also received letters from the Obamas. One person got a congratulatory letter back after sending the Obamas the birth announcement of her daughter. A handful of others sent Barack Obama their graduation announcement while he was still in office and received letters back, as well. This also isn’t the first time the Obamas responded to a wedding invitation. One couple got a letter from Barack and Michelle in 2014. Another received theirs in May of 2016. Their mailbox must look like what yours would if you got a physical invitation for every one of your Facebook friend's life events.
Lest you think every note is just a “Congrats! Love, The Obamas,” the messages do vary depending on the occasion. While each of the notes aren’t entirely personalized, most of the messages are slightly different and tailored to the the event to which they're responding. At the very least, they probably put to shame the two-word birthday message you’ve written in every co-worker’s card.
If you’re thinking about adding the Obamas to your guest list, here’s the address where Whitlow sent her wedding invite. Here’s hoping you get to Cha Cha Slide with the former first couple or, at the very least, get a heartfelt letter in return.