US Sen. Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, and daughter Sasha watch as the Democratic Party senator from Illinois speaks to the crowd during a rally at Iowa State University in Ames on Feb. 11, 2007. Obama formally announced his 2008 campaign for president during a rally the day before.
Michelle Obama fist-bumps her husband before an election night rally at the Xcel Energy Center on June 3, 2008, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Michelle Obama walks down Pennsylvania Avenue with the newly sworn-in 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, during the inaugural parade in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. The first lady is wearing a custom-made ensemble by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo.
Obama looks over her speech before speaking at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 18, 2009.
Obama hosts a fall harvest of the White House vegetable garden with help of students from Washington’s Bancroft and Kimball Elementary schools on Oct. 29, 2009, in Washington, DC.
Obama, accompanied by children from low-income communities in the region, tours the National Craft Museum in New Delhi, India, on Nov. 8, 2010.
Obama greets Marines following her remarks to 3,000 Marines, soldiers, sailors, and military family members at Memorial Field House in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on April 13, 2011. The event was part of the launch of Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families.
Obama greets students following a flash mob dance at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2011.
Obama waits to be introduced during an event at the Claremont Hotel Club and Spa in Berkeley on June 14, 2011.
Obama meets with former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa at Mandela’s home in Houghton, South Africa, on June 21, 2011.
Obama huddles with children during a Joining Forces event with military families at Nationals Park in Washington, on July 5, 2011.
Obama participates in a potato sack race with Jimmy Fallon in the East Room of the White House during a Late Night taping for the second anniversary of the Let’s Move! initiative, on Jan. 25, 2012.
Obama and Ellen DeGeneres dance during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, marking the second anniversary of the Let’s Move! initiative, on Feb. 1, 2012.
Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Feb. 24.
Obama touches the Hokie Stone before walking onto the field at Lane Stadium to give the Virginia Tech commencement address in Blacksburg, Virginia, on May 11, 2012.
President Obama is sworn in during the public ceremony on Jan. 21, 2013, following his re-election as president of the United States.
The Obamas host a Passover Seder dinner for family, staff, and friends, in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House on March 25, 2013.
Obama pauses with former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Rosalynn Carter, during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas on April 25, 2013.
Obama hugs PBS Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita after delivering remarks on marketing healthier foods to children at the White House on Oct. 30, 2013.
Obama hugs her daughters, Sasha and Malia, as they visit the Great Wall of China in Mutianyu on March 23, 2014.
Obama has stickers put on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt during a visit with children at the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on April 14, 2014.
Obama participates in a Let’s Move! taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen on May 21, 2014.
Obama wears a shawl presented to her by Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II and Nicole Archambault at the Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds, during a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation in North Dakota on June 13, 2014.
Obama joins the cast of Disney’s The Lion King onstage after their performance at the Kids’ “State Dinner” in the East Room of the White House on July 18, 2014.
Obama reads over her speech backstage with Kristen Jarvis, director of external relations for the first lady, during a rally at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Oct. 3, 2014.
Obama reaches out to a child from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during their visit to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House on Nov. 10, 2014.
Michelle Obama greets Sting while the president greets Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, and Patricia McBride, in the Blue Room during the Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House on Dec. 7, 2014. Al Green, also an honoree, stands to Sting’s left.
Obama hosts local students for a special reading of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy, during a Let’s Move! event in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 21, 2015.
Obama and Meryl Streep participate in a photo shoot for More magazine in the Blue Room of the White House on Feb. 24, 2015.
The Obamas announce their Let Girls Learn initiative in the East Room of the White House on March 3, 2015.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.
Barack and Michelle Obama pose for photos at the Instagram #GimmeFive photo booth in the East Room of the White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 6, 2015.
Obama meets with Prince Harry for tea to discuss the Let Girls Learn initiative and support for veterans, at Kensington Palace in London on June 16, 2015.
Obama dances to Gloria Estefan’s “Conga” in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 16, 2015, during a Broadway at the White House event for high school students involved in performing arts programs. She is joined by Colombian dancer and choreographer Sergio Trujillo (right) and Josh Segarra (left).
Obama talks to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. The first lady answered the phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, on Dec. 24, 2016.
Obama speaks at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
- The White House defended rolling back Obama-era transgender protections, with Sean Spicer repeatedly insisting it's a "states' rights issue."
- Recreational marijuana needs "greater enforcement" of federal law, said Spicer, pitting the White House against eight states that legalized its use.
- A researcher with Human Rights Watch was denied entry into Israel earlier this week with the country's government calling the human rights organization "propaganda."
- Beyoncé has pulled out of performing at Coachella, citing doctors' advice about keeping a less rigorous schedule while pregnant 🐝😭