Barack Obama's Birthday Message To Michelle Was Short And Sweet

"I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day."

Jan. 17, 2018, marked Michelle Obama's 54th birthday. While the former first lady received millions of well wishes from around the world, no message was more special than the one sent by her husband, Barack Obama.

The onetime president took to Instagram yesterday to mark his wife's birthday with a brief note praising Michelle's strength and character. "You're not only my wife and the mother of my children, you're my best friend," he wrote. "I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day." 

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Though arguably no one knows Michelle better than her husband, the entire country witnessed that strength, grace, and determination he mentioned on countless occasions during the eight years she was first lady of the United States.

Although she's no longer a resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, those same qualities have continued to inform Michelle's post-White House life. For example, in May, Michelle stressed the importance of determination and support when talking to a group of college-bound young people. "No one gets through college or life on their own," she said. "So when you hit those walls — and you will — don't be surprised, don't be shocked, don't think it's you, don't think you're not supposed to be there. Go get some help."

The Obamas have stayed busy over the past year. Though construction on the actual foundation (located on Chicago's South Side) is still underway, the foundation's inaugural summit that took place last fall suggests both Obamas are as determined as ever to empower young people in any way they can.

As part of the summit, Michelle and Prince Harry met with students at Hyde Park Academy, also located on the South Side, and talked to the young leaders for over an hour. According to tweets from Kensington Palace, the duo spoke to the students about the "importance of young people staying inspired and the power of students using their voices to change the world."

Another major focus of the summit (and of Michelle's post-White House life in general) is girls' education, a cause she has carried over from her days as First Lady. "I'll be fighting for girls' education for the rest of my life, and I'm so grateful to my partners in this work—the extraordinary leaders at the #ObamaSummit," she explained at the time.

Cover image via John Gress Media Inc / Shutterstock.com

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