Michelle Obama Is Dope. These Pictures Explain Why 

Check out some of our absolute favorite pictures of the first lady, Michelle Obama.

First lady Michelle Obama with family pets, Sunny and Bo 
First lady Michelle Obama with family pets, Sunny and Bo  Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon

We. Love. Michelle.

There aren’t many ways to say it, but believe us. This love is real.  

In 2009, Michelle Obama moved into the White House and into the hearts of Americans. Her brilliant smile and sartorial splendor caught our attention—because, yeah. She’s fly. But we attribute Michelle Obama’s staying power to her substance, intelligence and strength of character.

As part of our monthly series, His Lasting Legacy—a look back at President Barack Obama’s two terms in office—in March we’re celebrating the first lady. Michelle Obama is multidimensional. She’s not just the president’s wife; she’s also a mother, a daughter, a lawyer, a black woman and a champion of the American people. The first lady has used her platform to champion education, support for veterans and fighting childhood obesity, among other causes. And through her initiatives—Let’s Move, Joining Forces, Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn—she has galvanized celebrities and community leaders alike. 

Here are some of our absolute fave pictures of the incomparable first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. 

Also in the His Lasting Legacy series on The Root:

Historic Presidency, Historic Opposition: The Legacy of President Barack Obama

Fighting Racism in the Age of Obama

Obama’s Battle for Black Boys: My Brother’s Keeper 2 Years Later