Happy Birthday, First Lady – You Are Loved

And my most loved photo – ever:

111 Responses to “Happy Birthday, First Lady – You Are Loved”

  1. January 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Happy Birthday to a beautiful lady, inside and out. We are beyond blessed to have her!

  2. 5 Dorothy
    January 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Michelle Obama!! We love you and are proud of you!!!

      January 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm


      • 7 Chi
        January 18, 2013 at 3:02 am


        Happy birthday to our incredibly lovely and absolutely magnificent First Lady…

        I can’t repeat enough just how much I adore her…

        She remains for me the most tangibly compelling and most validating thing about the man Barack Obama…

        May she live long and strong…

  3. 8 daisydem
    January 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Beautiful, just beautiful. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful woman and First Lady and a beautiful tribute! Thank you Chips! What, no kiss on the basketball sidelines camera?

  4. 9 daisydem
    January 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    hopefruit is numero uno, si? there were no comments when I posted, but obviously they were pending before me. Congrats hopefruit!!

  5. 12 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks, Mistress Chips, for such an uplifting round-up of positive news. America is not hopeless and I believe we will rise to the hour eventually. We must.

    My favorite characteristic of President Obama is his perseverance — his unwavering stand for what is right. I am so thankful that he is the President at this moment in time. I am also grateful for Vice President Biden and his passionate work against violence in all forms.

    I am also thankful for our splendid First Lady who has been a model of courage, strength, beauty and femininity. She is truly my friend in my head. May she have a delicious birthday filled with love and all good things!

  6. January 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    The way he looks at her…I just melt!

  7. 20 Kathy Benthall
    January 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday First Lady Obama!!! God Bless with many more blessed and successful years!!

  8. 21 kathryn kivett
    January 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Birthday, MO….and in your honor, I called both Senators from NC….Hagen and Burr….insisted Hagen be vocal in her support of PBO gun initiatives……didn’t get very far with Burr….asked that he be vocal b/c I didn’t feel he was representing my Grandchildren or me by not having an open mind and not supporting gun control……now my representative to congress…notice I did not capitalize congress….Virginia Foxx….I need not say any more…the cold hearted Buffoon who is an embarassment to NC….but I did it….and I didn’t even say any ugly words…like FUUCHB

  9. 22 yardarm756
    January 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    It will be along time before the White House will see this kind of love and affection. You can bet on it! 😀

  10. January 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Happy Birthday FLOTUS. Thank you for sharing your husband with us. We are all better off because of it.

    You are Loved Indeed!

  11. January 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Happy Birthday, Michelle! One of the best First Ladies EVER!

  12. 27 carolmaewy
    January 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Happy Birthday First Lady Michele Obama. Have a great day. Congrats Hopefruit.

  13. January 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Happy Birthday to our smart, witty, intelligent, beautiful First Lady.

    • 29 Eleroy
      January 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      A very happy birthday to our gorgeous, stunning, super sexy, super smart, grounded, genuine, fantastic first lady!!!

      A great inspiration and role model to so many around the world, she ROCKS!!!

      Rock on great wife, mother and first lady, Rock on!!!

  14. 30 utaustinliberal
    January 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Quick but important question: Are there any lawyers on TOD or do any TOD’ers know any lawyers and how do you like your (or how do your friends like their profession) profession? Is it a successful one? Do you enjoy it? Are there job opportunities for those who graduate law school and pass the bar? Does success depend on the kind of law you study and practice? Or is it just a colossal waste of time. Thanks. 🙂

  15. 31 Nena20409
    January 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Happy Birthday, Mrs. Michelle Obama.

    49 looks lovely on You.

    Isn’t She Lovely? Oh, yeah.

  16. 33 JER
    January 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

  17. January 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  18. 40 debz
    January 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Happy Birthday to our beautiful First Lady!

  19. 41 Nena20409
    January 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Wow…..it looks like many MORE Pictures were added. BEAUTIFUL!

    They Eyes have it. The FLOTUS with the Cutest.

  20. January 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Happy Birthday to our lovely First Lady. She is an inspiration to ladies everywhere.

  21. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    January 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Chips – You said it for me: “Happy Birthday, First Lady, You Are Loved” !

    One of my favorite photos is still the one where all the other guys in the freight elevator with them are trying to divert their eyes away from the First Couple!

  22. January 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  23. 47 anniebella
    January 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Happy Birthday Michelle Obama

  24. 48 Carolyn Verdin
    January 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Happy bday to an awesome woman that knows her purpose and calling to actually walk in it with the gratitude of great fullness . 1st lady you carry all the attributes of a woman of A purpose driven life . I salute you on your birthday , for your accomplishment and hard work to make our President job a little easier. You are one class act Lady, wife, mother , and 1st Lady. I am very proud to call you our 1st lady of the United States of American.

  25. January 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  26. January 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Howdy doody O’s!!! It’s a great getting up day in TOD town again. Happy birthday to the FLOTUS with the mostest!

  27. 53 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    VP Biden will be addressing US Conference of Mayors live on CSPAN TV, and


    stream has started on CNN – http://www.cnn.com/video/?/tab/live#/video/cvplive/cvpstream1

  28. January 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm

  29. 58 Anne Clements
    January 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    The only photo I would add to this thread is the one of FLOTUS and POTUS at Valerie Jarrett’s daughter’s wedding last summer. There is so much love for her in his eyes. Melts my heart.

    • January 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Hiya Anne – just added it, thank you for the reminder! They’re generally older photos, from a post a while ago, so lots of lovely more recent ones aren’t included – but that one HAD to be added! Thanks again.

      • 60 CEB
        January 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm

        Late to the party (just got in from work), but so pleased this one was included. It is my new favorite of our lovely First Couple. The beauty and love of this photo is overwhelming.

  30. 61 Bill
    January 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Mrs Greenspan is interviewing Mary Matalin. Can there be any two worse representatives of womanhood than those two?

  31. 64 a4alice
    January 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Yay! Lovely compendium of photos of our FLOTUS ~ Thx Chips! I hope she is having a happy day! 😀

  32. 65 Linda
    January 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Meet The NRA-Backed Senate Democrats Who Oppose Obama’s Gun Violence Prevention Plan

    1. Max Baucus, Montana
    2. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota
    3. Tim Johnson, South Dakota
    4. Joe Donnelly, Indiana
    5. Mark Begich, Alaska
    6. Joe Manchin, West Virginia
    7. John Tester, Montana
    8. Harry Reid, Nevada


    • 66 anniebella
      January 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      I will write their name down and send every single one of them a hand written letter. What a disgrace. As a Democrat I am so disappointed that the NRA has these Senators kissing their butts.

    • 67 Bill
      January 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Joe Manchin is disappointed PBO is not forming a national commission to discuss guns as he suggested. Along with No Labels Senator Manchin certainly likes to talk about things.

      • 68 COS
        January 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm

        Manchin wants a commmission so that they can meet for months and months, so that the gun issue can cool down. I am really disappointed with Harry Reid. I hate these blue dog DINOs, but I guess they are better than republicans.

        • 69 nabsentia23
          January 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

          Yeah, they are. The only positive thing that came out of the great Blue Dog purge of 2010 was Dennis Kucinich losing his seat to Marcy Kaptur. Other than that, it was mostly a disaster.

    • 70 kathryn kivett
      January 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      hmmmm…..maybe we could rope off their states and send all surrivalist gun crazies to live there if they don’t already do so….apparently that’s who they care about and who must have elected them……Harry Reid disappoints me the most….

  33. January 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    This love between Michelle and PBO inspires me every day. What an awesome couple! Happy birthday FLOTUS.

  34. 72 xtine
    January 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    [Pesky history! 🙂 ]:

    Ford, Carter, Reagan Push for Gun Ban

    WASHINGTON — Three former presidents endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban the future manufacture, sale and possession of combat-style assault weapons as a closely divided House neared a showdown today on the hotly controversial issue.

    Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan sent a letter to all House members expressing their support for the measure, effectively joining President Clinton in urging approval of the ban.


  35. January 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Algeria has mounted a rescue operation for the hostages. Algeria reports it freed 600 captives; the terrorists claim that 35 hostages have died. No confirmed reports for either story.

  36. 74 Titti
    January 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Happy Birthday and blessings to the wonderful FLOTUS! Lovely spread Chips – thanks a million!

  37. 75 xtine
    January 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    [From Steve Benen]:

    John Feehery, a former spokesperson and leading aide in Hastert’s office, published a piece today arguing that Boehner can’t stick to the rule if he expects to govern.

    “I think John Boehner won’t have much of a choice in these first several months of the 113th Congress. He has to get stuff done. He had to schedule the vote on the tax vote extension. He had to schedule a vote on Sandy relief if he was going to maintain any credibility for the GOP majority. And he will have to extend the debt limit. […]

    “The Speaker doesn’t have much room to maneuver. His conference is in no mood to compromise, nor in much of a mood to vote for anything that resembles responsible governance.

    “But as Speaker of the whole House, he has no choice but to schedule things that keep this country from defaulting on its debts and stay open.

    “The Hastert rule worked pretty well for Denny Hastert, but for the next couple of years, John Boehner might have to think more like Tip O’Neill if he wants to survive with his reputation intact.”

    In a move that raised eyebrows this morning, Boehner’s deputy chief of staff promoted this Feehery piece on Twitter this morning.


  38. 77 desertflower
    January 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm


    Gun research is allowed again. So what will we find out?

    One of President Obama’s less-noticed actions on guns yesterday could actually prove to be one of the most significant in the long run. Among other things, the president signed an executive order directing the Centers on Disease Control to start studying “the causes of gun violence” once again.

    Why does this matter? Because one of the major reasons that gun-policy disputes are often so contentious and interminable is that there’s remarkably little hard evidence to go on. And that ignorance is largely by design.

    • 78 Linda
      January 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      ” the president signed an executive order directing the Centers on Disease Control ”

      I wish reporters, pundits and so called media stars would learn what an executive order is…..

      PBO did not sign any executive orders ( they all have numbers )……he signed executive actions in memorandum form…….

      The media misrepresented his executive action for the Dreamers and kept calling it an executive order too.


  39. 79 LadyTNT
    January 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BESTEST, WARMEST, FLYEST, MOST INSPIRATIONALEST, SMARTEST, DOWN TO EARTHEST, BEAUTIFULLEST FIRST LADY EVAH!!!!!!!! (I could go on and on, but I thought I should stop tearing up the English language. Grammar police!!!!)

  40. 81 andogriff
    January 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Ms Chips! You chose the Best. Photos. Ever. for the our first lady’s birthday! Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle!

  41. January 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm

  42. 83 GGAIL
    January 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Happy Birthday my beloved First Lady, Michele Obama!

  43. 84 utaustinliberal
    January 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    QUESTION: Are there any lawyers on TOD or do any TOD’ers know any lawyers and how do you like your (or how do your friends like their profession) profession? Is it a successful one? Do you enjoy it? Are there job opportunities for those who graduate law school and pass the bar? Does success depend on the kind of law you study and practice? Or is it just a colossal waste of time. Thanks.

    • 85 Who This
      January 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Prestige of law school matters greatly (in fact, it is required) if you want to work at top law firms or for elite companies. However, you can be a successful lawyer regardless of law school’s prestige if you intend to do private practic, work in a small town and do things like slip and fall, workers comp, social security claims filing, or anything involving suing rich corp or people – all you need is win one big case and voila! you can get millions in % of winnings. Generally, unless you have passion for law, it is a waste of time, but the money is good. For example, in NYC, starting salary for top law school grad at top firm is $160K. Keep in mind, these are folks who have no work experience – they finish undergrad and, not knowing what to do with their lives, they went to law school.

    • 87 Bill
      January 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      UT, I answered you below. Who This and I have similar thoughts.

    • January 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      One of my best friends here in Chicago went to law school at age 35 and has her own practice now for 2 years and she LOVES it. Her practice is solely Consumer Protection where she takes on cases primarily related to real estate where homeowners are getting shafted by a big bank, etc. She also volunteers at the Chicago Legal Aid – a non profit organization. She isn’t doing it for the money; she is doing it because she has a background in mortgage loan origination and therefore really can make a difference going up against the bank attorneys; many of them knowing much less than she does. She makes more than enough because she is so busy but most importantly finds it extremely rewarding. Her clients are so thankful to her for helping them keep their homes, etc.

    • 90 nathkatun7
      January 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      UT, Two of my nephews are lawyers. One of them decided to give up practice and go for teaching. He is now a law Professor. His emphasis is on international law and Humanitarian Law. His daughter is a graduate of Yale Law school and opted to pursue business law. His youngest son is currently attending Harvard Law School and is interested in Constitutional and Civil Rights Law. My other nephew has a successful law practice as defense lawyer.

      Like any other profession, success as a lawyer will probably be greatly dependent on your passion. My nephew, who is a law professor, reminds me of President Obama. His passion for law, and especially the importance of law in society, led him to teaching. He may not be making tons of money, but he is exceedingly happy. Apparently his passion affected two of his three children. My other nephew enjoys the adversarial drama of the court room and he is quite good at it.

      If you are thinking about going into law you should know that you have many options. You can follow the example of the President and great men, like Charles H. Houston, who dedicated their knowledge of law to helping the oppressed people in society. You can choose to teach law. You can also choose to use law degree to make tons of money by joining lucrative corporate law firms.

      On the basis of your brilliant commentaries at TOD, as well as all your reporting and tweets, I think you would be an excellent lawyer who would make a mark on society.

      All the best!

  44. 91 dotster3
    January 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    FLOTUS has bangs—–

  45. January 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm


  46. 99 Mae who love our CIC
    January 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Beautiful tribute to our FLOTUS.

    Happy Birthday First Lady Michelle R. Obama. Many more blessed days to you.
    Love You.


  47. 100 andogriff
    January 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Wow! Looks like she’s 25, not 49!

  48. 101 carolyn
    January 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I have seen many First Ladies in my long life. Mrs. Obama is by far the best. Many others had very good attributes, and I could list them, but ourFLOTUS has them all. She is bright, beautiful, caring, compassionate, curious, concerned, active, stylish, a wonderful mother and loving wife, and she relates with all of us. Each one of us feels as if she is a friend, that we could easily talk with her if we met her (if we were not so in awe of her). She is truly a remarkable woman. I pray she has many more birthdays. 49 is so young!!!

  49. 103 Bill
    January 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    UT, I am not a lawyer but have worked with many through the years. In these current times unless one graduates with a high class ranking from one of the top ranked law schools the future is extremely competitive if one wishes to practice law. If one is hired by a blue chip firm the work is long hours, tedious, and very competitive to make partner. If one does not make partner they essentially must start over again. After one makes partner their main job is bringing in new business. People are primarily in it for the money which can be big.

    Some study law believing the training can augment other careers. Both Savannah Cuthrie and Stephanie Cutter graduated from Georgetown University Law, and Margaret Carlson graduated from George Washington University Law, but I would think the expense and time would make the value questionable.

    I have read Bill Clinton accepted his Rhodes Scholarship simply thinking it would help him get into Yale Law, arguably the top ranked law school in the country. That shows how important he thought it was to go to a top law school.

    There are so many law schools now, I would think graduating from a less than top ranked school would be a waste of time unless one had the time and money to spare or simply had a love for the law.

    I know no one who ever said they loved being a lawyer except for the money which may or may not be there.

  50. January 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Ms. Chips, I know it’s late for this thread, but I’m just now rolling through. I have to say that “Inspirational” pic of the first lady just snatches my breath way.

  51. 106 Ann_T
    January 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Mrs.O! I hope your wonderful husband has a wonderful evening planned for you. 🙂

  52. 107 nathkatun7
    January 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    A very Happy Birthday to our wonderful First Lady!

  53. January 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you so much for this inexpressibly wonderful album. Means so much. Their love for each other! Going through, kept thinking, oh, THAT’S my favorite! and then another one, and then another one. Grateful for all these favorites.

  54. 109 LDS
    January 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    “The last shall be first”
    Happy Birthday First Lady Michelle. Thank you for making us all feel welcome in the WH and a part of your family. We are so blessed to have you and you have shown so much class, grace and style as a mother, wife and daughter. As we look forward in sharing other birthdays you, we grow together not in age but spirit.

  55. January 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Happy Birthday to our wonderful First Lady 🙂

  56. 111 vitaminlover
    January 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Happy birthday, First Lady Mrs. Obama. Have many, many more. I know that you and your husband had a great private celebration. How special it must be to have it so close to your husband’s 2nd Inauguration.

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