Michelle Obama Speaks on ‘Tough Year’ in Raw 57th Birthday Photo

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Michelle Obama thanked her supporters for the many birthday well wishes she received from them. But the former First Lady did so by posting a very raw, very real photo of herself.

Obama turned 57 on Sunday. In the black and white photo she posted Monday on Instagram, she appears without makeup. Her hair isn’t fixed. There are no filters.

She basically looks like every other woman in the country dealing with the almost year-long Covid-19 pandemic.

Obama captioned the photo: “Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes! I know this past year has been difficult for us all on so many levels, so I just hope you all are taking care of yourselves and finding joy in the smallest moments. Love you all.”

Fans Loved Michelle Obama Unfiltered Picture

The photo was well received on Instagram. By early Monday afternoon, the photo had been liked by almost 3.6 million people. By that point, Obama’s post had been up only 19 hours.

Obama will have a chance to get out of the house and into her good clothes later this week. She and Barack Obama are planning to attend the inauguration for Joe Biden as president and Kamala as vice president this Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Obamas confirmed their attendance Jan. 8 within hours following Donald Trump’s announcement that he would be skipping the ceremony.

Obama spokesperson Katie Hill said in a statement: “President and Mrs. Obama look forward to attending the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20 in Washington, D.C..”

Michelle Obama still remains incredibly popular. For the third year in a row, Gallup named her the country’s most admired woman. When Barack Obama left office, Michelle Obama had an approval rating of 67 percent.

She released her autobiography “Becoming” in 2018. It sold more books than any other in 2018. Sales now top more than 10 million.

Obamas Spent Lockdown With Daughters

Because of the pandemic, the Obamas spent more family time with daughters Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19. Michelle Obama acknowledged that the additional family time had been a blessing.

“This year, I’ve been feeling a newfound sense of gratitude for all the little moments I used to take for granted,” Michelle Obama said on Instagram last Easter. “And I know so many of you are also trying your best to make new memories, like attending church online or sharing Sunday dinner over video chat with your relatives.”

Michelle Obama also started a podcast last year. In it, she said, “Spiritually, these are not fulfilling times.”

She also said she’s dealing with some “low-grade depression” issues caused by the pandemic and this country’s social and political unrest.

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