Today is Barack Obama’s 56th birthday – his first birthday since leaving the White House.
This morning, former first lady Michelle Obama took to social media to share a special birthday message along with photos of Barack and their daughters, Sasha and Malia.
“Another year older, but the same phenomenal guy I married nearly 25 years ago,” she wrote. “Happy birthday, Barack Obama — we love you so much!”
She announced that instead of supporters signing a virtual birthday card, the family would rather people stand up and share how they are “stepping up to be a better citizen” in their communities in 2017.
“Maybe that means attending a town or city council meeting. Maybe it means contacting one of your elected officials and speaking out about an issue that matters to you,” Michelle said in an Obama Foundation email. “Maybe it means helping to clean up a local park, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or tutoring in an after-school program.”
“This work — these personal, local, daily acts of citizenship — is what the Obama Foundation is all about,” she continued. “This work is what my husband is all about.”
Barack also received a happy birthday message from Former-Vice President Joe Biden this morning.
“Your service has been a great gift to the country, and your friendship and brotherhood are a great gift to me. Happy birthday, Barack,” Biden tweeted. (And last year’s tweet was just as awesome – with friendship bracelets and all.)
Happy 55th, Barack! A brother to me, a best friend forever. pic.twitter.com/uNsxouTKOO
— VP Biden (Archived) (@VP44) August 4, 2016
Barack’s birthday celebration this year is a bit low-key in comparison to last year’s White House birthday bash with Beyonce, Jay Z, and Kendrick Lamar.
According to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, this year, the Obamas will be spending Barack’s birthday weekend with his family in Martha’s Vineyard.