A White House Love Story

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White-tie glamour, fist bumps, an occasional side-eye: the world has watched the Obamas’ affectionate relationship unfold since their very first days in the White House.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have been married 24 years, spending the last eight as America’s first couple. While they’ve been determined to preserve some privacy for their family, especially daughters Sasha and Malia, their romance is hard to miss.

"It’s that tension between familiarity and mystery that makes for something strong, because, even as you build a life of...mutual support, you retain some sense of surprise or wonder about the other person."

- Barack Obama

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The Obamas claim the spotlight at their first Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2009.

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President Obama is sworn in with the First Lady by his side at the 2013 presidential inauguration.

Of course, it’s not all roses and state dinners. But the country’s most famous couple seems to enjoy every event together, whether it’s a camping trip or a visit from a foreign dignitary.

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The Obamas get ready at their Chicago home on Dec. 8, 2004, before the then-senator addressed the Chicago Economic Club.

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The president kisses his wife for the “Kiss Cam” while Vice President Joe Biden and Malia Obama look up at the jumbotron during an Olympic basketball game between the U.S. and Brazil at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., in July, 2012.

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Michelle Obama gives her husband a look of disbelief while he hams it up during a visit with 50 Girl Scouts who camped on the South Lawn of the White House in June, 2015.

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The First Lady straightens the president's tie while they wait on the North Portico for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan ahead of a September, 2015 state dinner.

The Obamas are preparing to leave the White House, but they’ve said they will stay in Washington, D.C., for two more years while their younger daughter Sasha finishes high school. The president recently told Rolling Stone that he and his wife plan to remain active in the causes they care about, but he has a plan for those first few weeks of freedom: “You know, I'm gonna sleep for a couple of weeks when I get out of here, take my wife on a well-deserved vacation.”


The Obamas, with daughters Malia and Sasha, walk to Air Force One at Castle Airport in Merced County, Calif., on June 19, 2016.

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