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Michelle Obama gets sweet message from Barack on her 56th birthday

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Michelle Obama sure is loved. Not only is she the world's most admired woman, according to Gallup, she also has a husband who openly adores her. On his wife's 56th birthday, former President Barack Obama shared four sweet candid photos and a cute message.

"In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama! Happy birthday, baby!" the post read. The black-and-white photos show the couple holding each other, Mr. Obama kissing Mrs. Obama on the cheek, throwing up a peace sign and embracing in a tight hug.

In just a few hours the post got more than 4 million likes on Instagram alone, and it also gained widespread attention on Twitter. 

Even though she's no longer first lady, Mrs. Obama still has quite a following. She was named most admired woman two years in a row — this year gaining 10% of the vote, far higher than anyone else on the list. Her memoir "Becoming" sold more than 10 million copies, making it the best-selling memoir in history. And she has also embarked on a new career with her husband: producer.

The couple are spending their time in the private sector running their own production company, Higher Grounds Productions, which has created a slate of content for Netflix. One of their projects, a documentary called "American Factory," has already scored an Academy Award nomination

Before being a first lady, author and producer, Mrs. Obama was a graduate of both Princeton University and Harvard Law School, an attorney and a mother to Malia and Sasha — who are now both in college, and hopefully remembered to call their mom to wish her a happy birthday. 

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