Michelle Obama posted a photo of herself with her husband standing on a balcony at a beach with the caption, "27 years ago, this guy promised me a life full of adventure. I’d say he’s delivered. Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Happy anniversary, Barack."
The Obamas, whose term at the White House ended when President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, are the parents of Malia, a student at Harvard University, and Sasha, who started her freshman year at college this fall.
Michelle Obama wrote in her bestselling memoir "Becoming" about her deep love affair with her husband, whom she met while she was his mentor at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.
Obama told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts last year that she was focused on her law career and was not interested in dating when she first met her future husband.
"I have my suspicions when a bunch of white folks fawn over a black man because I sorta think, 'Okay, he can talk straight so they think he's wonderful.' So that was my theory," Obama told Roberts. "And then his name was Barack Obama. He was from Hawaii. I thought, ‘What,’ you know? So I didn't really know what to expect."
“And then in walks Barack Obama,” she continued. “And Barack Obama has always walked like Barack Obama. Like, he's got all the time in the world. He had that stride ... I was, like, ‘Dude, you're cute.’ But in my mind, I was, like -- off limits. Not even not interested. I'm not going to date one of the few black summer associates ... how tacky, you know?”
Despite an immediate attraction, she insisted they should just be friends.
"Barack had suggested that we date, but I was, like, ‘No, no, meet my friends. Do this, do that. It wouldn't be right, no,'" Michelle Obama recalled. "And he was, like, 'You're crazy. We should date. I like you, you like me.'"
"I liked that about him. He was very straightforward. He wasn't playing games," she said. "I say that to the ladies out there. Not a game player. Very clear about what he wanted."
Michelle Obama's insistence on just a friendship changed one summer night when Barack kissed her at a Chicago ice cream shop.
“When we stopped for ice cream and he got the sense that I was starting to open up,” she said. “He played it real smooth. He just leaned in for a kiss. And that really was it. You know, from that kiss on… it was love. And he was my man.”
And that love, she said, still exists for them. In her book, she writes about still having “lust” for him.
"It’s there. I don't know what to tell you ... It still is," she told Roberts. "I love my husband a lot."
The former first lady was also purposeful in "Becoming" about painting a candid portrait of their marriage, including revealing that at times they sought marriage counseling.
“I know too many young couples who struggle and think that somehow there's something wrong with them,” Michelle Obama told Roberts. “And I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage and who love each other, we work on our marriage. And we get help with our marriage when we need it.”
“Marriage counseling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences,” she added. “What I learned about myself was that my happiness was up to me.”