You just know the Obamas would make great wedding guests. Michelle would help fix any last-minute crises with her characteristic no-nonsense warmth, and you could send Barack off to keep all the kids entertained. They’d both deliver barnstorming speeches if you asked them to – but they’d also make time to talk to your granny and thank the catering staff. After all, you don’t attend countless formal events as president and first lady without learning how to party like professionals.
So you can’t blame US couple Liz Whitlow and Eddie Edgar for wanting the Obamas to share in their big day. According to Whitlow’s daughter Brooke, her mother sent a wedding invitation to the Obamas back in March.
Perhaps because Whitlow posted the invitation to the White House (which was by then occupied by President Trump), or perhaps because the Obamas have been busy jet-setting around the world, it took a few months for the former couple to reply.
However, a letter from the Obamas recently arrived at Whitlow and Edgar’s home – and their response was as gracious as you might expect.
Brooke posted a photo of the Obamas’ letter on Twitter, where it quickly went viral.
“Congratulations on your wedding,” reads the note, which is signed by both Barack and Michelle. “We hope that your marriage is blessed with love, laughter, and happiness and that your bond grows stronger with each passing year.
The letter continues: “This occasion marks the beginning of a lifelong sponsored_longform, and as you embark on this journey, know you have our very best for the many joys and adventures that lie ahead.”
Brooke then shared a screenshot of her text conversation with her mother, who, it seems, is not as much of a fan of the current president.
And because the internet can be a wonderful place, Brooke’s tweet soon prompted others to dig out the letters they had received from Barack and Michelle Obama over the years.
There was this one, addressed to a baby girl whose mother had written to tell the Obamas about her arrival:
And these, to two young women who had recently graduated:
Yeah, this brought me to tears. I miss our President. 💔— Badbookitty (@Redheadonfire70) August 2, 2017
I read that Michelle was only First Lady who made it a point to respond to Every single person who writes to her???— Jennifer Lee (@JenniLeeWith) August 2, 2017
Seeing these responses is making me misty. Barack was great. The current president makes me do the bad sort of crying.— Destry Broderick (@DestryBrod) August 2, 2017
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