Michelle Obama is throwing it way back.
The shot of Michelle with her groom at the reception following their 1992 wedding, for example, shows their excitement about becoming a married couple. It captures the future president and his bride sharing a laugh, as he places a traditional wedding garter on her leg.
She explained in the caption that, surprisingly, her new husband had started the day feeling unwell. Obviously his condition improved.
You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October, 1992 with a nasty head cold. Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared and we ended up dancing almost all night. Twenty five years later, we’re still having fun, while also doing the hard work to build our partnership and support each other as individuals. I can’t imagine going on this wild ride with anybody else.
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Michelle shared another photo from her days as an undergraduate at Princeton University. She has spoken about that period in her life over the years, particularly as a way to motivate American students to pursue a postsecondary education. “I didn’t know anybody. I didn’t know what classes to take,” she said at the White House in 2016. “Shoot, I didn’t even have the right size sheets for my bed. Because I didn’t realize the beds in college are extra long. I was homesick. I was anxious. But after a couple of months, I had to get it together. I had to make a decision. And I decided that I needed to step up and own my college education, just like I owned my high school education.”
This is me at Princeton in the early 1980s. I know that being a first-generation college student can be scary, because it was scary for me. I was black and from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, while Princeton’s student body was generally white and well-to-do. I’d never stood out in a crowd or a classroom because of the color of my skin before. But I found close friends and a mentor who gave me the confidence to be myself. Going to college is hard work, but every day I meet people whose lives have been profoundly changed by education, just as mine was. My advice to students is to be brave and stay with it. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! #ReachHigher
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An image of Michelle as a young girl, with parents Fraser and Marian Robinson, shows her looking a lot like her daughter Sasha did as a child. Michelle often makes reference to her parents, as she did at a Washington, D.C., school graduation in June 2010.
“I remember my mom pushing me and my brother to do things she’d never done herself, things she’d been afraid to do herself,”’ she said. “What I can remember is my father getting up every day and going to work at the water filtration plant, even after he was diagnosed with MS, even after it got hard for him to button his shirt, and to get up and walk. See, I remember my parents sacrificing for us, pouring everything they had into us, being there for us, encouraging us to reach for a life they never knew.”
Michelle’s father died in 1991. She remains close with her mother.
Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some photos and memories from my book, BECOMING. My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh often, and keep my word. My mother, Marian, showed me how to think for myself and to use my voice. Together, in our cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago, my family helped me see the value in our story, in my story, and in the larger story of our country.
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Becoming doesn’t arrive in bookstores until Nov. 13, so expect plenty more photos from the family photo album.
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