Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on Saturday. Like they always do, the couple shared posts on Instagram.
“28 years with this one,” she wrote. “💕 I love @BarackObama for his smile, his character, and his compassion. So grateful to have him as a partner through everything life throws at us.”
She used the opportunity to talk about the United States election: “And this year, we have a request for you—pick one person in your life who might not vote and make sure they do. Tell us about it in the comments! That’s an anniversary message of the best kind. Love you, Barack. ❤️😘.”
Here is Obama’s post:
“Even with everything going on, I wanted to take a moment to say happy anniversary to the love of my life. Every day with @MichelleObama makes me a better husband, a better father, and a better human. This year, while we appreciate all your well-wishes, what we’d really love is for each of you to reach out to one person in your life who might not vote. Help them get registered. Help them make a plan to cast their ballot. Send them to iwillvote.com to get started. Happy anniversary, Miche. Love you.”
Here is a timeline of their love:
In 1989, Michelle, whose last name was Robinson, was a 25-year-old attorney at the Chicago firm of Sidley Austin when she is tasked with showing the new guy, Barack Obama, around. “Not once, though, did I think about him as someone I’d want to date,” she wrote in her memoir, Becoming. “For one thing, I was his mentor at the firm. I’d also recently sworn off dating altogether, too consumed with work to put any effort into it.”
Eventually they did go on a date and the rest was history.
In 1991, after two years of dating, Barack and Michelle got engaged on July 31.
In 1992, on October 3, Barack and Michelle tied the knot.
In 1998, on July 4, they welcomed their first daughter, Malia Ann Obama. In her book, Michelle revealed that she went through IVF treatment after suffering miscarriages.
In 2001, Natasha “Sasha” Obama was born on June 10.
In 2004, the Obama family burst onto the national scene when Barack wins his campaign for an Illinois U.S. Senate seat.
His powerful keynote address at the Democratic National Convention that year, solidfied him as one of the party’s most promising rising stars.
In 2007, on February 10, Barack announces he is running for president. Soon he, Michelle, and the girls were on the campaign trail.
In 2008, on June 3, Barack becomes the presumptive Democratic nominee for president—defeating Hillary Clinton. He officially accepts the party’s nomination at the convention in August.
On November 4, he is elected the first Black president of the United States.
In 2009, in January the newly sworn-in couple danced during the Inaugural Ball. Beyoncé performed.
In 2012, Barack is reelected for a second term in November 2012.
In 2017, both Obamas campaigned hard for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in 2016, including Michelle’s famous “When they go low, we go high” speech, but in the end Donald Trump is elected president and on January 20, 2017, is sworn in. The Obama family leaves the White House for good. In October, the couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
In 2018, Michelle’s best-selling memoir, Becoming, is released.
In 2019, Portraits of Michelle and Barack’s paintings were installed in the National Portrait Gallery.
In 2020, the release of the Netflix documentary Becoming, about Michelle’s book and tour. Then, her newest venture, The Michelle Obama Podcast.