See President Obama’s heartfelt birthday message to Michelle

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Michelle Obama and her husband (aka the current President of the United States) are gearing up to move house very soon; as of 20 January, they will hand over the White House keys to Donald Trump and move into a civilian home in Washington DC.

But, while they’re presumably very busy with bubble wrap and boxes (they’ll be doing all that themselves, right?), they still found time to celebrate the birthday of everyone’s favourite First Lady.

Taking to Twitter, the President shared a special tribute to Michelle via his official @POTUS Twitter account – which has 13.5 million followers.

Posting a photograph of himself and his wife on the back of a golf cart (from what appears to be the night of his inauguration in January 2009), he wrote: “To the girl from the South Side who took on a role she didn't ask for and made it her own: Happy Birthday, Michelle.

“I love you.”

The message referenced a key moment from Obama’s emotional farewell address, which he delivered last week.

At the time, the crowds erupted into cheers at the mere mention of Michelle’s name, before Barack went on to call her his “girl of the South Side”.

“For the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend,” he said, wiping tears from his eyes. “You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humour.”

Michelle went on to thank her husband on Twitter, sharing a throwback photo of them with their daughters, Malia and Sasha, from the beginning of his presidency.

“So proud of the President of the United States and all that we’ve achieved together,” she wrote. “An incredible journey filled with remarkable people.”

She added: “I love you Barack.”

There’s no doubt in our minds that Michelle will go down as one of the most iconic First Ladies in history. For eight years, she has worked tirelessly to improve education for everyone, fight the rights of LGBTQ people, and help her country to strive for equality.

It’s unsurprising, then, that #Michelle2020 began trending on Twitter just hours after Trump’s victory was announced.

However, while she has stressed in no uncertain terms that she does not intend to run for President herself – ever – she and her husband fully intend to continue working to better the lives of US citizens.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, Obama said: “I will continue to be very active, and Michelle is going to continue to be very active – and [on] the very thing that brought us here, which is our belief that when you work with people on the ground at a grassroots level, change happens.

“When people feel disconnected from the institutions of government, they can swing back and forth in all sorts of ways.”


Images; Rex pictures


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.