Michelle Obama gets sweet message from Barack on her 56th birthday

By Caitlin O'Kane

/ CBS News

Michelle Obama's letter to her younger self

Michelle Obama sure is loved. Not only is she the world's most admired woman, according to Gallup, she also has a husband who openly adores her. On his wife's 56th birthday, former President Barack Obama shared four sweet candid photos and a cute message.

"In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama! Happy birthday, baby!" the post read. The black-and-white photos show the couple holding each other, Mr. Obama kissing Mrs. Obama on the cheek, throwing up a peace sign and embracing in a tight hug.

View this post on Instagram

In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama! Happy birthday, baby!

A post shared by Barack Obama (@barackobama) on

In just a few hours the post got more than 4 million likes on Instagram alone, and it also gained widespread attention on Twitter.

Trending News

  • NCAA football championship team LSU Tigers visit the White House
  • Woman gets 25 years for poisoning husband with eye drops
  • Stray dog named "Subway Sally" goes viral
  • Investigation finds 47 dogs died after PetSmart grooming
  • Florida Supreme Court rules felons must pay off fines before voting

Even though she's no longer first lady, Mrs. Obama still has quite a following. She was named most admired woman two years in a row — this year gaining 10% of the vote, far higher than anyone else on the list. Her memoir "Becoming" sold more than 10 million copies, making it the best-selling memoir in history. And she has also embarked on a new career with her husband: producer.

The couple are spending their time in the private sector running their own production company, Higher Grounds Productions, which has created a slate of content for Netflix. One of their projects, a documentary called "American Factory," has already scored an Academy Award nomination.

Before being a first lady, author and producer, Mrs. Obama was a graduate of both Princeton University and Harvard Law School, an attorney and a mother to Malia and Sasha — who are now both in college, and hopefully remembered to call their mom to wish her a happy birthday.

Photos of Barack and Michelle Obama that will melt your heart
Photos of Barack and Michelle Obama that will melt your heart 40 photos

First published on January 17, 2020 / 2:16 PM

© 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.