Michelle Obama is leaving the White House soon and it’s breaking our hearts.
Honestly, who could have foreseen what a phenomenon FLOTUS would become? But here we are, eight years later, and people are obsessed with everything from
her fashion choices and her humor to the possibility of her running for president in 2020.
During her time as first lady, Obama has symbolized hope and progress for girls and women around the country, especially for Black women and other women of color. Her honesty about her own insecurities, hopes, and dreams has been refreshing, and her relationship with the president is the definition of #relationshipgoals.
She seems relatable, down-to-earth, just
human. So it’s no surprise that so many Americans are going to miss her once she steps down in January.
This is why we rounded up our favorite FLOTUS moments and all the reasons why we will miss her when she leaves the White House. Click through and share your favorite memory of the first lady in the comments below!
Her inspiring initiatives
From “Let’s Move!” to “Let Girls Learn” and more, Obama has been a strong advocate for healthier families and higher education; for supporting service members and their families; and for defending the right to education for girls around the world.
In the summer, she visited Spain, Liberia, and Morocco to help promote “Let Girls Learn.”
Her love for fitness and health
Obama has been pretty outspoken about the importance of being healthy, and her incredible arms prove her commitment to working out. And, of course, this push-up challenge on
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is everything.
Her incredible magazine covers
Just look at her on the cover of the
T Magazine October 2016 issue! Obama has also graced the covers of Vogue, Essence magazine, Time, InStyle, and many more. And in every single one of them, she has looked a-ma-zing.
Photo: Courtesy of T Magazine.
Her wonderful relationship with President Obama
One of the things we’ll remember most fondly about the Obamas in the White House is how they look so in love
Just look at them dancing together during the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball in January 2013! all the time.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
Her powerful speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
“When they go low, we go high.” ‘Nuff said.
Her passion for her garden
FLOTUS loves her garden so much she set it
, effectively making it a permanent addition to the South Lawn. She also had students help her with it, as shown in this picture from the 2009 fall harvest. on cement, stone, and steel
Photo: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images.
The way she goes along with the president’s dad-like antics
We can all agree that POTUS is the ultimate dad, and she happily goes along with it — even
when he can’t stop saying, “Hey, Michelle!” every time he sees a cute child in a costume. You know she was indulging him when the president met this tiny Pope Francis during the 2015 trick-or-treat event at the White House.
Photo: AUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.
Her active involvement with children and teenagers
has met privately and on the record with many young students, particularly girls, since coming to the White House in 2009. She has also been deeply involved with kids’ activities, like when she read Where the Wild Things Are at this year’s Easter Egg Roll, for instance.
Her iconic style
FLOTUS’ style has evolved since she moved to the White House, and she seems to look even more incredible each year. Just look at her during this 2015 state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping. POTUS knows what’s up.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
Her relationship with Malia and Sasha
Obama always made it clear that her daughters were her priority, even calling herself “mom-in-chief.” Malia and Sasha are older now — Malia will attend Harvard next fall — but Obama remains protective. She knows the transition out of the White House
will be hard for them (it is where the Obama daughters grew up, after all), though the family is staying in D.C. so Sasha can finish high school there.
Photo: Awakening/Getty Images.
Her memorable TV appearances
This skit with Jimmy Fallon to promote “Let’s Move!” is one of the many TV appearances Obama has done throughout the years — not to mention cameos she’s had on
Parks and Recreation, NCIS, and even Sesame Street.
Her role on the campaign trail
are begging her to run for president in four years, partly because FLOTUS became such a force to be reckoned with during the election season. During a rally in New Hampshire last month, she rejected the sexually explicit comments made in 2005 by Donald Trump during a taping of the NBC show Access Hollywood, captured on a hot mic, when he boasted of groping women without their consent.
One of her most powerful lines was, “The measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls.” Amen to that.
Photo: Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe/Getty Images.
Her unapologetic honesty on the reality of being a Black woman
Obama has not shied away from talking about what it means to be a Black woman in America. During a 2015 commencement speech at Tuskegee University, a historically Black school, she talked about the stereotypes she faced during her husband’s first presidential campaign.
“As potentially the first African-American first lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations, conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others,” she said. “Was I too loud or too angry or too emasculating? Or was I too soft, too much of a mom, not enough of a career woman?”
That she is so open and transparent about her experiences as a Black woman has helped her connect with women of color throughout the country. And honestly, it’s also just inspiring.
Obama was not afraid
to boogie alongside the stars of to celebrate the fifth anniversary of “Let’s Move!” You read that right: She got down with a group of professional dancers and totally killed it. So You Think You Can Dance
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.
Her sense of humor
Obama’s appearance on the
Carpool Karaoke segment of is all kinds of wonderful. And this exchange (and the whole video, to be honest) proves why her sense of humor is just the best: The Late Late Show with James Corden
“This is the Oval Office. My husband is in there somewhere,” she said.
Corden responds, “Is he in there right now?”
“He’d better be. That’s where he said he was,” she deadpans.
Her affirmation that Black girls rock
During the BET Black Girls Rock! Awards, Obama gave a speech that was raw and empowering. Her “Black girls rock!” line got her in some hot water, but it didn’t matter. Her message drowned out the critics.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” she said. “I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you.”
Photo: Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images.
Her interactions with ordinary people
Almost no one embraces regular Americans as warmly as FLOTUS does. Here, she dances with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin, who, in February, fulfilled her dream of meeting the president and visiting the White House. She compliments McLaurin, saying to her, “You’ve just made our day. You know that?”
Being first lady means going to a lot of fancy events, and Obama looks like a goddess every time. Just look at this picture of her talking with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri during a state dinner in Buenos Aires last March.
Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images.
The fact she created a Snapchat account (!!!)
Granted, this was done in an effort to promote “Let Girls Learn
.” But can you imagine any other first lady doing something so young-people-like? No, no you can’t.
She is an inspiration, just by being herself
Over the last eight years, Obama has been a symbol of hope and inspiration for millions of young women throughout the country. We’ll miss her.
Photo: Joe Raedle / Staff / Getty Images.