When someone you know loves someone with all their being, it’s hard for them to not shed a tear. It’s also hard to hold back the waterworks in watching them express their love.
That’s what happened on Tuesday night (January 10). During President Obama’s final public speech as president, he touted what he accomplished over the last eight years and thanked those who voted for him and believed in his movement. Then, things got pretty emotional.
The president turned to Michelle, who was sitting in the crowd off stage left, and gave an impassioned tribute to the woman who helped him through his trying presidency.
“Michelle – Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, from the Southside, for the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend,” Obama said as he shed a tear. “You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.”
Of course, Michelle cried. She was accompanied in tears by Malia, who was sitting right next to her. Twitter also cried their eyes out.
“I know this is beside the whole point of tonight, but, I just want someone who looks at me... speaks of me... the way Barack does Michelle,” Keri Hilson tweeted. “Not sure which is more peak #relationshipgoals: barack and michelle or barack and joe,” Lana Berry wrote, referencing Barack’s subsequent compassion for his vice president, Joe Biden.
Check out Obama's impassioned tribute to his wife and all of the best Twitter reactions below.
Obama talking about Michelle in his farewell speech ❤😭 pic.twitter.com/Qh4tdD7S1I— FREDDY (@FreddyAmazin) January 11, 2017
I know this is beside the whole point of tonight, but, I just want someone who looks at me...speaks of me...the way Barack does Michelle. 😢🤧— Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson) January 11, 2017
Barack's crying.— Sylvia Obell (@SylviaObell) January 11, 2017
I AM CRYING. #ObamaFarewell
find you a person who loves you like barack loves michelle— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) January 11, 2017
not sure which is more peak #relationshipgoals: barack and michelle or barack and joe— Lana Berry (@Lana) January 11, 2017
Michelle ain't have 3 different boyfriends in one year so y'all gotta tighten up if y'all want a Barack!— Stone M. (@Stone_Marley) January 11, 2017
That Barack & that Michelle love— Daisy Duffy (@daissduff) January 11, 2017
I love Barack Obama so much I love Michelle Obama so much I love Sasha Obama so much I love Malia Obama so much I love the Obamas so m— Carrie Dayton (@615carebear) January 11, 2017
Really hope I can marry my own Barack one day who can help me (try) to be a better Michelle as well #Goals— Aysha Ahmed (@AyshaSpeaks) January 11, 2017
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