The Obamas have been out of sight since vamoosing the heck out of Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, but they sure haven't been out of mind, especially considering the tumultuous few weeks the country's had since they left the White House. Sure, Barack Obama did issue a statement regarding President Trump's travel ban and his buddy Richard Branson shared photos of them frolicking in the water, but, otherwise, the American public has heard nary a peep from the former First Couple.
In honor of Valentine's Day, however, Michelle Obama heeded the nation's collective cry for contact and shared a photo of their sun-soaked, sandy feet on Twitter.
A post like that would have been considered a generic, if not slightly mundane couple photo, if not for the fact that Americans are absolutely bonkers about the Obamas' love.
And Michelle's caption — "Happy Valentine's Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @BarackObama" — further fanned the flames of America's obsession with their relationship.
Like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, or Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, the Obamas' relationship is the stuff of aspirational Instagram hashtags and fervent public discourse — it's hard not to love a couple that so clearly loved each other. We saw it in their playful moments captured by former White House photographer Pete Souza, and we saw it in the way the president talked about and to Michelle.
"Michelle Lavaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side — for the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife, the mother of my children, you have been my best friend," Obama said tearfully in his farewell speech. "You took on a job you didn't ask for, and you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style and good humor."
Swooning aside, Barack and Michelle are likely taking in their well-deserved break as fully as they can before returning to the public eye, revitalized and ready to lead a politically-charged population — this time, as citizens. While the public doesn't yet know what they'll be focusing on, chances are, they have big plans in the works.
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