After two children, two terms in the White House (and a whole lot of stuff in between), and two years of political retirement, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary.
On Wednesday, Obama marked the impressive occasion with a loving tribute on Instagram. “Happy Anniversary, @MichelleObama. For 26 years, you’ve been an extraordinary partner, someone who can always make me laugh, and my favorite person to see the world with,” he wrote alongside an artistic photo of his wife staring out the window of an airplane.
Michelle took to Twitter to reply to the post, writing, “Thank you @barackobama for 26+ years of love, trust, and respect – for being a man who always lifts up and honors me and our wonderful girls. Each day I’m with you, I’m reminded of what a treasure you truly are to us all.”
Earlier this year, the former First Lady shared a never-before-seen photo from their 1992 wedding, giving fans some insight into what their big day was really like. “You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October, 1992 with a nasty head cold,” shared in the caption. “Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared and we ended up dancing almost all night. Twenty five years later, we’re still having fun, while also doing the hard work to build our partnership and support each other as individuals. I can’t imagine going on this wild ride with anybody else.”
For his 57th birthday on August 4, she posted a photo similar to the one that Obama shared for their anniversary, which showed the former president staring off into a valley alongside the caption, “Happy birthday @BarackObama! The view is always better with you.”
And on this day, last year, she wrote, “Happy 25th anniversary @barackobama. A quarter of a century later, you’re still my best friend & the most extraordinary man I know. I 💕 you.”
After 26 years together, their love story is truly one for the books. The couple met in Chicago in 1989, and their first date was apparently a very, very good one. “We clicked right away…by the end of the date, it was over…I was sold,” Michelle said of the day-long outing, which included a picnic, long walk, tour of the Art Institute, Baskin-Robbins ice cream, and a movie. After two years, Barack proposed while they were out to dinner celebrating finishing the bar exam.
“And he got me into one of these discussions again, where, you know, he sort of just led me down there and got fired up and it’s like you’ve got blah blah blah blah, and then dessert comes out, the tray comes out, and there’s a ring!” Michelle told The New Yorker.
The rest, as they say, is (literal) history.