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Barack Obama Hugs Wife Michelle in a Sweet Mother's Day Photo

Jaimie-lee Prince
May 12, 2020
04:00 A.M.
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Barack Obama raised spirits on Sunday when he celebrated Mother's Day with a sweet, encouraging post. He also threw in a bit of romance to his wife, Michelle. 

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On May 10, former President Barack Obama took to Instagram to celebrate Mother's Day along with the rest of the world. The 58-year-old kept things simple and sweet. 

The post, which is found below, garnered over 2.5 million likes and thousands of comments in its first 24 hours. There's no doubt some people were inspired to thank their moms.

Introductory session by President Barack Obama during the Napoleons 2018 at Maison de la Radio on December 2, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

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BARACK CELEBRATES MOTHER'S DAY

"Even if you can't give the moms in your life a hug today, I hope you can give them an extra thank you today," wrote Barack. He then wished wife and mother of his two daughters, Michelle, a Happy Mother's Day. 

The former President tagged the former First Lady. In the photo, he hugged a grinning Michelle and appeared to be saying something. Michelle looked gorgeous in a burgundy dress. 

For her part, the 56-year-old honored mom Marian Robinson as well as all moms with a lengthy caption on Sunday. She also addressed how the coronavirus pandemic is preventing families from seeing each other. 

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MICHELLE HONORS HER MOM

"I'm taking some time today to reach out to the amazing mothers in my life—friends, mentors, aunts, elders—who may need a little extra love today," she wrote in part. 

She accompanied the caption with a photo of herself smiling in front of a mother holding her daughter. The young child grinned and held a hand up for the First Lady. 

Barack and Michelle share daughters Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18. Like everyone else, the family of four is in isolation amid the outbreak. However, the couple is still doing their part to help. 

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GRADUATES GET VIRTUAL SPEECHES

Last week, they announced that they'd be giving several virtual speeches for this year's college grads, titled "Dear Class of 2020." The hope is to deliver "messages of advice and inspiration," said one spokeswoman. 

The special will feature other celebrities, including Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, and activist Malala Yousafzai. On May 16, Barack will also hold an event for high school graduates. 

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The primetime special, called "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020," will air on major television networks as well as on the web. 

CELEBRITIES ON MOTHER'S DAY

The former President was joined by other stars on Sunday who wanted to honor their moms. Beyonce shared some touching words about her mother, Tina Knowles. 

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Like Barack, Blake Shelton focused on his significant other — Gwen Stefani — in his Mother's Day post. The country singer called Sunday "extra weird" due to the circumstances. 

CELEBRATING EASTER WITH HOPE

Back in April, Barack again used social media to share a message of hope. This time, he was celebrating Easter with a throwback photo of his entire family. 

The former President described Easter as "a time of hope -- a reminder of rebirth and renewal." We hope Barack's words hold true very soon as it relates to the pandemic.

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