After 34 stops, Michelle Obama finished the book tour for her memoir on Mother’s Day in Nashville.
While her husband couldn’t attend, former President Barack Obama made sure to surprise Michelle with a special video message at her final event.
‘I just want to make sure on Mother’s Day, that you knew how much I love you,’ Obama tells his wife in the sweet clip.
‘I could not be a luckier man to be married to you. Our girls could not have a better mom, and they couldn’t have asked for a better example every single day.’
Obama then reveals that when he asked Michelle for her hand in marriage, 28 years ago, he wasn’t sure that she would say yes.
‘But I also didn’t know where we’d be going in our lives, I just knew I wanted to go there with you,’ he continues.
‘Now I’ve just had a chance to see how extraordinary your journey has been as a mom and as a professional, as a First Lady.’
‘You’ve written this extraordinary book, you’re filling up these arenas, but most importantly you have shown yourself through your honesty, fearlessness, and insight, to be a great advocate for people who needed advocacy, to help inspire people to find their own voices.’
‘So, I’m pretty proud of you girl,’ he adds at the end of the video.
Obama posted the video to his official Instagram on Sunday night, revealing he had surprised Michelle with the clip at the final event of her Becoming book tour.
‘Happy Mother’s Day to the love of my life,’ he added in the caption.
It was Obama’s second tribute to Michelle on the holiday. Earlier on Sunday, he posted a photo of his wife hugging their two daughters on the Great Wall of China.
‘Happy Mother’s Day to the most caring, brilliant, funny, and grounded woman I know,’ he wrote.
‘A perfect role model not just for our daughters, but so many others. Love you.’
Michelle paid tribute to her own mother, Marian Shields Robinson, with a touching Instagram post on Sunday.
‘Growing up, every time I’d come home from school with a story to share, my mother was there with a snack and a listening ear to hear about what was on my mind,’ she wrote.
‘When I came home with a tale about my disastrous second-grade classroom, she marched into the school to figure out what was going on.’
‘And as I grew older, including up through my years as First Lady, she was always there for me as a guiding light through whatever fog was clouding my path.’
Michelle then thanked her mother for always listening ‘more than she lectured’, and observing ‘more than she demonstrated’.
‘In doing so, she allowed me to think for myself and develop my own voice,’ she added.
‘From an early age, she saw that I had a flame inside me, and she never tempered it. She made sure that I could keep it lit.’
‘Mom, thank you for kindling that fire within me, and for your example as a mother and a grandmother to our girls. We would never be who we are today without you.’
‘#HappyMothersDay, Mom. Love you,’ she added at the end of the touching caption, posted alongside a picture of her, Robinson, and daughters Sasha and Malia.
Michelle was away for her tour during the weekend, first surprising a group of students who had been studying her memoir at the Spelman and Morehouse colleges in Atlanta.
The former First Lady encouraged the students to have faith in themselves, telling them: ‘The biggest challenge to overcome now is believing in yourself’.
Michelle then appeared at State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta on Saturday night for her sold-out talk moderated by Gayle King.