Barack Obama surprises Michelle as she says an emotional farewell

They’ve become one of the most popular couples the White House has ever seen and as the Obamas gear up

They’ve become one of the most popular couples the White House has ever seen and as the Obamas gear up to leave for the final time it looks like the emotions are running high.

Michelle was giving her final speech at the last annual Harvest event she will host as first lady and was choking up when her husband appeared just in time, pulling her in for a big hug before pulling on a pair of gardening gloves and sticking around to help.

The harvest event was started by Michelle in 2009 when she created the thriving garden on the White House grounds.

The garden has been a passion project for the first lady throughout her time there and every year she invites a group of young children to help her harvest all the fruit and veg.

As she said goodbye to the garden for the last time it was clear she was going to miss her role.

“This garden has taught us that if we have the courage to plant a seed–to be brave enough to plant it, then take care of it, water it, tend to it, invite friends to help us take care of it, weather the storms that inevitably come… if we have the courage to do that, then we never know what might grow,” she said at a dedication ceremony.

“Now, that’s what this garden has taught me, to be fearless in those efforts, to try new things, to not be afraid to mess up–things we tell our kids all the time.”

The Obamas will officially leave the White House when the new president, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, is inaugurated in January next year.

Are you a fan of the Obamas? Do you think Michelle made a good first lady?

  1. Pamela O'Rourke  

    I think the Obamas have been like a breath of fresh air for the US. Wish we had such wonderful first families in Australian politics.

    • Joy Anne Bourke  

      Yes I agree with your comments Pamela

    • Abdul Rauf Ali  

      Well said . Next to Obamas is the Fijian Prime Minister Hon Bainimarama who has done wonders to the Nation of Fiji .

    • I totally agree, such down to earth people who aren’t afraid to be themselves! An amazing couple.

  2. Susan Williams  

    I think the U.S. will be poorer for their leaving. God help America is all I can say if Donald Trump is elected.

    • Joy Anne Bourke  

      Yes I agree with your comments Susan.

  3. Anita barnes  

    The Obama’s will be greatly missed. They are such a down to earth couple who are not afraid to get among the everyday people. There should be more Presidents or Prime Ministers like that.

  4. If the above post is what is now allowed by the new owners of ‘ startsat60 ‘ then it’s time to leave this website to the rabble and those who promote articles which are advertisements.

    • Even though I am far away in Australia I could not agree more. This is not a comment. It is a tirade directed at everyone with whom he doesn’t agree. What a moron. I love reading the comments posted on Starts at Sixty but certainly will not be accessing their site if this is the sort of garbage they let through. As I said, certainly not a comment Starts at Sixty 👎 👎 👇🏿 👇🏿 😡 😡

      • chrissy  

        how much better this site will be. bye bye

  5. Hannah  

    You have lost me as a fan, Starts at Sixty. the Obamas have been a breath of fresh air in the White House. Is Robert Parry a journalist? Obviously not a friend of the White House regardless of who is going to be the next president!!!

  6. Michael  

    Your pathetic vitriol is a sad indictment of the state of American politics. You would not be satisfied with ANY government unless they agreed with your twisted philosophy. Wake up to yourself before it is too late!

    • Fannah  

      Well said Michael.. this person is great at copying and pasting isn’t he. Needs to learn to not believe everything he/she reads. The Obamas are truly an outstanding couple and have done the USA proud. God help the USA if Trump wins.

  7. Kerry Brain  

    I am with the three above comments. That ‘comment’ was nothing more than a criticism in poor disguise. I would like to know why Barack Obama is being held responsible for a decision made by the previous incumbent. As a First Family, they have shown their concern for others, conducted themselves in an exemplary manner, and brought no scandal to the position of President, First Lady and their children have shown themselves to be well brought up and educated. For heavens sake, give them a break!

  8. Sleep Tight  

    Dear Genazzano,
    What no words of your own? Must you use a reporter? No thoughts of your own? Please take your piece of ” journalism ” that has taken up entirely too much of my time to even read, less care about & place it next to that white roll in your bathroom. Take your opinion, cut the report into squares & please wipe your a$$ with your comment. This is my personal opinion/comment/reply.

  9. I am so sorry that the writers of this website do not know that Barach Obama has been strictly a do nothing president with a very corrupt administration. History will not rank him well as a leader. Unfortunately, the truth usually is told after people leave office.

    • Jan Cooke  

      Livonna, it is very hard to do anything when you are in office when you have your hands tied behind your back.

  10. To genazzano &livann If the 2 of you do not like what is said please PISS OFF and leave this sight, to other people who do know they are saying and have something nice to say about people. By the sound of your names the both of you can please leave this country of mine and every body else’s on this sight and go back to where you were brought up and stay there PLEASE as we do not want you here at all.

    • Jenna  

      I’m offended by some of your comments, Sleep Tight and Louise Rex. Not a good look to tell people to “PISS OFF”. I assume some of the other posters will be too. Other posters are allowed to disagree with your views. It is my opinion – based on facts – that Obama has done serious harm to the USA in many ways, since his inauguration. I for one, am glad to see him go. I don’t care much for Mrs Obama either.

      • Offended by “Piss off”!!! Have a cup of cement and harden up!

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