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The Barack Obama and Michelle Obama love story

Almost 26 years of love, laughter and friendship.

"Marriage flourishes when the couple works together as a team; when both husband and wife decide that winning together is more important than keeping score. Good marriages don't just happen. They are a product of hard work."

These are the wise words of Michelle Obama, who also happens to have been happily married to her husband, former-President of the United States Barack Obama, for going on 26 years.

Indeed the love between this pair continues to burn bright, with Barack taking to Instagram to profess his adoration for Michelle, 54, with a birthday message that we're sure melted our hearts along with Michelle's.

"You're not only my wife and the mother of my children, you're my best friend," he posted, along with a picture of the two sharing a tender moment together. "I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day."

Michelle lovingly responded: "You're my best friend, biggest fan, and getting notes and flowers from you will never get old."

Scroll through Michelle and Barack's love story in pictures and we DARE you to find a celebrity union that competes with theirs.

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Barack and Michelle, both Harvard graduates, met back in 1989 when Michelle, then Michelle Robinson, was assigned as Barack's mentor at law firm Sidely Austin LLP.

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They went on their first date a month later, and it was then that Michelle began to learn, and love, everything about her now-husband. "He showed all the sides - he was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive. The fountain - nice touch. The walk - patient,"she says.

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The pair married on October 3, 1992, and Barack couldn't be happier with his bride of 26 years. "The quality I love most about her is, she's honest and genuine," he says.

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In 1998, Barack and Michelle's eldest daughter, Malia, was born - fittingly on July 4, 1998 - Independence Day in the United States. Sasha (full nane Natasha) was born on July 10, 2001.

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Three years later, their familial political journey began, with Barack being elected into the US Senate. Four years on, Barack was elected the 44th President of the United States, with Michelle becoming the country's First Lady.

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But just because they live their lives in the public eye doesn't mean that they shy away from showing their love for each other.

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Let's take a moment to appreciate this candid, intimate moment between Barack and Michelle...

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"Roses are red, violets are blue. You are the president and I am your boo," Michelle lovingly joked of her husband during his Presidency.

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"If you were going to list the 100 most popular things that I have done as president, being married to Michelle Obama is number one," Barack says.

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The two are clearly inseparable...

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And Barack even doubles as a personal photographer/Instagram boyfriend for Michelle!

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We don't know a love quite as strong as theirs.