Barack and Michelle Obama are celebrities of the most powerful kind; a power couple to rival the likes of Bey and Jay. (Sorry Queen B).
Oh, and they just happen to live at the White House.
The Obamas have arguably connected young people to political discourse in a time where we don’t expect politics to be interesting. (Case in point: How many of you are as sick of Malc v Bill as I am?)
They’ve grabbed our attention and held onto it for eight full years.
So, as Barack’s presidency comes to an end – and Trump still remains in the race (have mercy on us all) – it’s a good time to reflect on the past eight years.
Let’s look back on the top five times Barack and Michelle have been relatable, viral and just plain #couplegoals.
5. Yes We Can
The reign of the Obamas began in 2008 with these three words: yes we can. The slogan was reused from his successful 2004 Senate run and became a rallying cry for Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign. It was even turned into a song and music video by will.i.am. Doesn’t get much better than that.
4. Trumpin’ This Campaign
Both Barack and Michelle have been vocal throughout the current election campaign, particularly at the Democratic National Convention. Last fortnight, Michelle gave anemotional and well-received speech about how she and Barack explain to their children “when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level — no, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”
The speech has been hailed as authentic,cementing the Obamas’ political legacy. Barack addressed the crowd later that week, telling Americans, “You carried me; now do the same for Hillary.”
3. Jerry Seinfeld + President Barack = Yes
In December last year, Barack joined Jerry Seinfeld for an episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” They talk, they joke around, they cruise around the White House in a 1963 Corvette. That’s it, but then again, what more do we want?
It wasn’t the first time Obama dabbled in comedy. In 2014, he joined Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns” as a way to encourage young people to sign up to ObamaCare. And he had some pretty great one-liners:
Galifianakis: “It must kinda stink though, that you can’t run, you know, three times. You know?”
Obama: “No. Actually, I think it’s a good idea. Uh, if I ran a third time, it’d be sorta like doing a thirdHangover movie. It didn’t really work out very well, did it?”
Apply cold water to burned area.
2. From Jerry to Jimmy
In June this year, Barack re-appeared on Jimmy Fallon for “Slow Jam the News.” POTUS completed the appearance with a mic drop and a round of thank you note-writing, which included throwing shade at Donald Trump.
Oh, and he revealed his post-presidency plans: “I’m gonna get some sleep.” We feel ya, Mr. President.
1. Long Live Queen M
Yes, we have arrived at Queen Michelle’s appearance on “Carpool Karaoke”. There was ‘Single Ladies’ (queens respect queens), and of course, Missy Elliott.
(Let us also not forget FLOTUS’ guest appearances on NCIS, Nashville, Sesame Streetand Parks and Recreation. Pop culture value? Being the most televised First Lady in history? Tick. Tick. Queen M is A+.)
Ultimately, the Obamas are undeniably popular and charismatic; Barack has sold himself as the“pop culture president” and Michelle is so cool,even Trump’s wife wants to be her.
But can we really blame Melania? I wanna plagiarise the Obamas’ life too.