“Happy Valentine’s Day to the extraordinarily smart, beautiful, funny, one and only @MichelleObama,” Barack shared on Instagram. He shared the kind words alongside an amazing throwback photo of the two of them getting down on the dance floor. “It’s true; she does get down to Motown.”
"From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side, to the 'who run the world' songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story, and I know that's true for everybody here," Michelle said at the award show, per Harper's Bazaar.
The Chicago native also shared a post in honor of Valentine’s Day, but hers was more family-oriented. She posted two photos featuring not only her husband, but their daughters Sasha and Malia as well. The first photo was from the beginning of their time in their White House, and the second was from the end. “So lucky to call these three my valentines for all these years,” the first lady wrote.
Last October Barack and Michelle celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary, but later that fall she revealed that they owe their long life of love in part to marriage counseling. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the December issue of Elle, Michelle explained that at the beginning of Barack’s political career when both she and her husband had a lot on their plates—he was traveling between Washington and Springfield while she was trying to hold things down at home—they decided to go to counseling to work on their relationship.
"Well, you go because you think the counselor is going to help you make your case against the other person. 'Would you tell him about himself?!' And lo and behold, counseling wasn’t that at all," she said. "It was about me exploring my sense of happiness. What clicked in me was that I need support and I need some from him. But I needed to figure out how to build my life in a way that works for me."
She learned to better communicate her feelings and understand love in a different way. "I feel vulnerable all the time. And I had to learn how to express that to my husband, to tap into those parts of me that missed him—and the sadness that came from that—so that he could understand," she said. "He didn’t understand distance in the same way. You know, he grew up without his mother in his life for most of his years, and he knew his mother loved him dearly, right? I always thought love was up close.
Love is the dinner table, love is consistency, it is presence. So I had to share my vulnerability and also learn to love differently. It was an important part of my journey of becoming. Understanding how to become us."
Becoming Us sounds like a great title for Michelle’s next best seller all about her beautiful marriage—even if it’s just a picture book filled with their many sweet photos and Insta tributes.