Today is former First Lady Michelle Obama’s birthday, giving the country a chance to reflect on the educated, worldly, caring former occupants of the White House and allowing us a temporary reprieve from fixating on the mindless brutes currently stalking through the halls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Not surprisingly, the always considerate Barack sent his beloved wife a thoughtful gift of flowers. Michelle posted a photograph to her popular Instagram account and it quickly went viral. In the heartwarming caption, she wrote:
“Thank you @BarackObama for the beautiful flowers waiting for me in the office this morning. You’re my best friend, biggest fan, and getting notes and flowers from you will never get old. And to the many people from around the country who sent cards and posted on social media, you have no idea how much we love hearing from you. I know birthdays can sometimes be bittersweet (54!), but your messages of hope, generosity, and warmth have always reminded me how lucky and blessed we are.”
President Obama also posted a photograph to his own Instagram, this one of the couple together. Barack is depicted looking lovingly at his wife. In the caption he wrote:
“You’re not only my wife and the mother of my children, you’re my best friend. I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day. Happy Birthday, @MichelleObama.”
The posts are touching, and serve as a reminder of what a president and First Lady should look like. Most of the country is already missing these two wonderful leaders and would be even in the best of conditions.