The former first lady showered the father-of-two with love in a sweet shout-out in honor of the holiday by sharing a throwback photo of her husband with their daughters Sasha and Malia.
Keeping in line with their tradition of indulging in adorable social media PDA for every special occasion, Michelle Obama shared a touching Father's Day tribute to former President Barack Obama on Sunday. The former first lady showered the father-of-two with love in a sweet shout-out in honor of the holiday by sharing a throwback photo of her husband with their daughters Sasha and Malia. "Thank you for the way you love our girls—and all the young people in this country, no matter who they are or where they come from," the Becoming author captioned the post.
"We feel your warmth and generosity today and every day. Happy Father's Day, Barack," Michelle added. While the former first lady's Instagram post was showered with the usual messages of "please come back," the current first lady Melania Trump also posted a Father's Day message on Twitter—albeit a less personalized one. Today we celebrate all fathers for their love, dedication & wisdom to help guide our youth to help them succeed & grow. Happy Fathers Day, she tweeted.
The Obamas continue to be highly respected figures in America—and abroad—despite leaving office three and a half years ago. Although the former President has refrained from commenting on a lot of controversial matters concerning his successor during these past few years, he has been outspoken in recent weeks following the killing of George Floyd. As protests broke out across the world against racial injustice and police brutality, the 58-year-old issued a statement condemning these issues. "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better," he said.
Although he stated that it will mainly fall on officials in Minnesota to ensure Floyd's death is fully investigated "and that justice is ultimately done," he added: "But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a 'new normal' in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts."
My statement on the death of George Floyd: pic.twitter.com/Hg1k9JHT6R— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 29, 2020
He also appeared to offer unscripted advice and support to victims of racial injustice during a virtual town hall earlier this month, explaining that he wanted to "speak directly to the young men and women of color in this country who have witnessed too much violence and too much death"—including at the hands of law enforcement officers. "I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter. And when I go home and I look at the faces of my daughters Sasha and Malia, and I look at my nephews and nieces, I see limitless potential that deserves to flourish and thrive," he said, reports PEOPLE.
Michelle also issued a statement on Floyd's death and the subsequent protests late last month. "Like so many of you, I'm pained by these recent tragedies," she wrote. "And I'm exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop." The 56-year-old went on to mention Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and Michael Brown in her statement, writing: "It just goes on, and on, and on. Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can't just be on people of color to deal with it. It's up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out."