Photo: White House photo/Pete Souza
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle charmed the country once again Monday, infusing the Inauguration Day celebrations with overt displays of romance and affection rarely seen by other presidential couples. Over the past four years, the Obamas’ marriage has become a key White House asset, earning the President positive media coverage even when his personal approval ratings were at their lowest. Obama mentions Michelle in almost every speech he gives, and often seems unable to resist showering his wife with PDA, even when the cameras are rolling.
Meanwhile, the once politics-averse First Lady has emerged as an effective surrogate for the President, and has taken on an increasingly active role in his administration, acting as a White House ambassador and spokeswoman when her husband is absent and spearheading her own policy initiatives to combat obesity and support military families.
As the First Couple kicks off another term in the White House, here’s a look back at some of their most romantic moments.
Secret Service agents avert their eyes as the Obamas share a private moment on Inauguration Day 2009.
The Obamas share another hug in Prague before heading in different directions on an overseas trip in April 2009.
Barack checks out what's in Michelle's mug at the Marine Barracks evening parade in Washington on July 24, 2009.
The Obamas dance at the Nobel Banquet in Oslo, Norway after the President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin looks on as Barack and Michelle groove at the 2010 Governors Ball.
Waiting in the White House Map Room before the then-Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife arrive on the South Lawn on May 19, 2010.
The First Couple's hands touch on the railing of a boat during an August 2010 tour of St. Andrews Bay in Panama City.
The Obamas meet with young dancers at a Diwali candle lighting during a visit to Mumbai, India in November 2010.
Barack looks on while Michelle draws a pint Ollie Hayes' Pub during a May visit to Moneygall, Ireland.
Barack congratulates Michelle after she jump-ropes during a July 2011 White House Presidential Active Lifestyle Award event.
The Obamas visit the Flight 93 crash site on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Barack whispers something to Michelle during a break between events at the 2011 UN General Assembly.
After the 2012 State of the Union address, Michelle waits while Barack calls John Buchanan that his daughter Jessica was rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Somalia.
The Obamas chat before a Smithsonian Museum of African American History reception at the White House in February 2012.
Waving goodbye to Israeli President Shimon Peres after hosting a Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony and dinner in his honour on June 13, 2012.
The First Couple presents Assistant Usher Reggie Dickson with a birthday cake after Peres' Medal of Freedom ceremony.
The Obamas made history with this August 2012 hug — this became the most tweeted photo of all time after Obama sent it out to his followers on election night.
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