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'One of a kind': Obama shares sweet pic to mark Michelle's birthday

Sky News logo Sky News 18/1/2019 Alix Culbertson, news reporter

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Barack Obama has shared a sweet throwback picture of him and his wife as he wished Michelle Obama a happy 55th birthday.

The former US president posted the photo on Instagram and Twitter of the couple with his arm around her as they both smile at the camera, looking relaxed.

He wrote: "I knew it way back then and I'm absolutely convinced of it today - you're one of a kind @MichelleObama. Happy Birthday!"

The photo appears to have been taken in the Kenyan city of Mombasa in 1991, the same year they got engaged.

Mrs Obama replied to his post by thanking everybody for their "birthday love" and saying how proud she is of her "South Side roots, my soul-affirming partner and daughters, and every unimaginable twist and turn over these 55 years".

She added: "Can't wait to see what becomes of the next one!"

Mr Obama also posted a picture for his wife's birthday on 17 January last year and in 2015.

Last year he shared a more recent picture of him looking lovingly at his wife who is looking at the camera with her arm resting on his leg.

In 2015 he posted a picture of Mrs Obama cuddling a schoolgirl.

Michelle Obama et al. standing in front of a curtain: Michelle Obama's birthday was on Thursday © Reuters Michelle Obama's birthday was on Thursday Other famous faces also wished the former first lady a happy birthday this year, including Beyonce who posted a picture of Mrs Obama as a child with the words: "BOW DOWN."

Democratic congresswoman Kamala Harris posted a picture of the pair campaigning for the California seat she won in 2017.

She wrote: "Happy birthday, @MichelleObama" Thank you for being a tireless advocate for our nation's youth and an inspiration to so many across the country."

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TV chef Rachael Ray tweeted a photo of Mrs Obama's recently released memoir cover, Becoming.

"Happy Birthday to a friend, mentor, & one of the most dynamic voices. Thank you for all you do for humanity.

"I hope you have the most glorious of days. We love you, @MichelleObama!"

TV writer Shonda Rhimes, who created hit shows Grey's Anatomy and Scandal shared a photo of her with the former first lady at the Conference For Women.

Both of them grew up in Chicago, which Mrs Obama referenced in her thanks for all the birthday wishes.

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