The former President Barack Obama celebrated his sixtieth birthday on Wednesday. To mark the occasion, his wife Michelle Obama, 57, took to social media to publicly praise him.
“Of all of your accomplishments, I know that being a present, loving father to our girls tops them all,” Michelle wrote alongside a photo of herself with Barack and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. “Thank you for never letting the weight of the world get in the way of being a wonderful husband and father. Happy 60th birthday, @BarackObama! .”
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Barack talked about his two daughters in an interview back in May, saying that they are unlikely to follow his footsteps into politics.
“You have to have a certain tolerance for nonsense and silliness and meanness, frankly, to go into public service,” Barack told late night host Stephen Colbert. “As a father, I want to protect my girls from that stuff. I think they are probably going to find other ways to serve rather than run for office themselves, but you never know. If they decided to do it, obviously I would be extraordinarily proud of them.”
“They have turned into just exceptional young women,” he continued. “I could not be prouder of them, not just because they’re smart and accomplished, but they’re just kind people. They don’t have an attitude.”
Michelle opened up to Entertainment Tonight earlier this year about what family dinners are like at their household.
“We have our health and we are together as a family. And we’re not getting on each other’s nerves, so we count our blessings,” Michelle said. “That’s an important time for us to catch up. Even in quarantine, when we would be apart all day in separate rooms, it was just a good way to check in, to see each other, to ask how our days were going even though nothing was going on.”
“We’ve had that ritual for our entire lives,” she added. “Even in the White House, I read about how the president, no matter how busy he was, he would stop his day and make sure we could have dinner together as a family.”