It’s Our Anniversary: Michelle & Barack Through The Years

October 3, 2018  |  

GETTY (L-R) Ho Ching, first lady Michelle Obama, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and U.S. President Barack Obama pose for photographs in the North Portico of the White House August 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Obamas are hosting the prime minister and his wife for an official state dinner.

Our forever President and our forever First Lady, Barack & Michelle Obama celebrate 26 years of marriage together. The pair met in 1989, when Michelle, albeit younger than Barack, was assigned to be his mentor.

“Because I went to Harvard and he went to Harvard, and the firm thought, ‘Oh, we’ll hook these two people up,'” Michelle told ABC News back in 2008.

The couple would go on to be married after dating for three years in 1992. This year marked the beginning of their joint dynasty, that would lead them all the way to the White House a little over a decade later.

The Obama legacy will always be framed in the heart of Black Americans not only for their political and social accomplishments, but also for the way they displayed Black love on a world stage. Their class and grace, mixed with an undeniable realness and practicality, has made their love story an inspiration for our entire community.

Michelle said of Barack’s vows, “Barack didn’t pledge riches, only a life that would be interesting. On that promise he delivered,” she revealed on

An interesting life indeed. From the Senate, to the White House, to their significance as both private and public figures, the Obamas and their love is a prime example of what Black love can build.

See more photos of their love:

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 12: Former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the unveiling of their official portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery, for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama’s portrait, and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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