'The view is always better with you': Michelle Obama's sweet birthday message for Barack will make you miss them even more
Obama's home state of Illinois celebrated his birthday by declaring the day as a holiday in honor of the 44th president
Barack and Michelle Obama's relationship has been a love story for the ages, and on Saturday, the former president's 57th birthday, Michelle honored her favorite man with a very heartwarming birthday message. Early on Saturday, the former first lady shared a photo of her husband as he overlooked a scenic landscape. "Happy birthday @BarackObama!" she captioned the image. "The view is always better with you".
Following her was former vice-president Joe Biden, who also jumped in to wish the former president the best, alongside a photo of the two of them enjoying a laugh outside a store. He wrote: Our lunches together were a highlight of every week at the White House.' It's good to know that their bromance hasn't died out!
Soon other messages started pouring in, making #ObamaDay and #Happy Birthday Mr President trend on Twitter. "Happy #ObamaDay," John Legend tweeted. "We in Indonesia (where he lived for a few years) toasting our President." Ellen Degeneres chimed in, tweeting: "Happy birthday, @BarackObama. You busy? We could use some help."
Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis shared a photo of himself embraced by Obama in a tight hug, and captioned it: "Happy Birthday, @BarackObama #goodtrouble." Actor Mark Hamill, on the other hand, went on about how much he missed Obama's 'intelligence, dignity, gravitas & graciousness in the Oval Office'.
Bill Russell, retired basketball player and civil rights activist, wished Obama a 100 more birthdays 'because we need you.' He added: "And Happy #ObamaDay Illinois Thank you for all you do."
Even little miracle Mari Copeny also shared a birthday post for the former president. Copeny made headlines when at eight-years-old she wrote a letter to the White House asking Obama if he could meet a group of people coming to Washington DC to watch congressional hearings on the Flint water crisis.
Obama's response to that was by visiting Flint himself. Flint was known to haven't had clean water since 2014. "Happy birthday to the greatest president of all time... love you!" Copney wrote, captioning a photo of herself staring up at Obama.
Various others took the chance to diss the current POTUS, Donald Trump, while reminding Obama how much he was missed. Like Ron Davis summed it up for everyone else and pretty accurately pointed out, "There is only one trait that a great man & petty man share: they are both predictable. We can always count on Pres. Obama to lead in times of great challenge. And, we can always count on Pres. Trump to create great challenges. Happy Birthday to Pres. Barack Obama- true greatness!"
Davis happens to be the former director of the US Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and also the executive director of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing under the Obama Administration.
As for Obama's home state of Illinois, they are celebrating his birthday by declaring the day as a holiday in honor of the 44th president. The state law offciating that went into effect this year itself, marking it as their first ever Obama Day.
The state law says the day is 'set apart to honor the 44th president of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities'.
Obama and his wife Michelle, however, were busy kicking off the birthday week at Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run II show in DC. The couple decided to shake a leg to a Jay Z song — a video clip of which has gone viral by now.