Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief. #IAmBecoming
Who are you becoming? Tune in to hear the conversations @YaraShahidi and I had with these talented young people about Becoming and how they’re carving out their own path. Watch #BecomingOnBET tonight at 7pm ET on @BET and BET Her! 💕
With midterm elections around the corner, some folks are counting on you to stop paying attention and stay home. But no one knows your town, neighborhood, or community better than you do. That’s why your voice is such a powerful tool in protecting our democracy. This #MLKDay, let’s honor Dr. King's legacy by helping folks register to vote and helping them cast their ballots this election season. Join me and @WhenWeAllVote in signing up folks to host a voter registration drive in your community for our MLK Weekend of Service. Click the link in my bio to get started.
One of my favorite parts about writing Becoming and sharing my own story has been seeing how it relates to so many of yours. I recently spoke with a group of students from community colleges and universities across the country about the power of owning your unique story. I hope you’ll tune-in on Monday, 1/17 to watch our conversation on BET or BET HER at 7pm ET. I also wanted to give a special shout-out to the talented @YaraShahidi for being a wonderful moderator. And thank you, @BET, for putting together a meaningful discussion! #BecomingOnBET
What a fitting tribute to have Dr. Maya Angelou become the first Black woman on the U.S. quarter—she was a phenomenal woman whose comfort in her own skin made so many of us feel seen in ours. I remember the first time I read Phenomenal Woman, and how struck I was by the affirming power of her words. She celebrated a Black woman's beauty like no one had ever dared to before. In a singular poem, she spoke to our essence, and graced us with an anthem for all women—one that uncovered our hope, our pain, our ambition, our fear. She knew us in a way that no one else did, and she deserves this incredible honor.
In 2020, millions of Americans made their voices heard at the polls. But last year, folks who opposed that progress tried to make it harder for some of our fellow citizens—including young people, people with disabilities, and people of color—to vote. That’s why, in 2022, we’re taking our vote back. Join @WhenWeAllVote and 30 other organizations to organize and recruit more voters, urge Congress to act on voting rights legislation, and ensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted in the 2022 midterm elections and beyond. Take the #FightForOurVote pledge at the link in my bio. We can’t do it without you.
These are some of my favorite behind-the-scenes moments from my time on the set of @BlackishABC! Make sure to tune into the premiere tonight at 9:30pm ET on ABC. #WWAVBlackish
It was fun being on set with @TraceeEllisRoss and the cast and crew of @BlackishABC! Join me and @WhenWeAllVote tonight at 9:30pm ET as we watch the farewell season premiere—and don’t forget to tell me what you think of the episode using #WWAVBlackish. So grateful to be a part of it!
Happy New Year from me and my boo! 🎉🥳 Wishing you all a year filled with happiness, love, and good health.
Betty White broke barriers, defied expectations, served her country, and pushed us all to laugh. She was also an animal lover and activist, and Bo loved spending time with her. There was no one quite like her, and Barack and I join so many who will miss the joy she brought to the world. I know our Bo is looking forward to seeing her up in heaven.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a giant in the fight for racial justice around the world, and an inspiration to leaders and activists everywhere—including me. He was also unfailingly kind, and a lot of fun. I will always be grateful for the time we spent together. Photo credit: Samantha Appleton
I loved being able to send a surprise message to the bright young students at @WesternMiddle.arts! They’ve been reading the young readers edition of Becoming and working with @ReachHigher to share their own #IAmBecoming story. One of the most meaningful parts of telling my story has been learning about the ways that people see themselves in it—and I am so glad to be able to play a small part in getting these students to think about their own journeys. 💝 I want to hear from all of you, too! Share your story with me or something you're proud of accomplishing in the comments below.
I’m joining these incredible moms to share a message—how important it is to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and get a booster, too. Protect your loved ones and those around you by going to vaccines.gov to find a vaccine near you. Do it for us moms.
In this season of giving, I hope you'll join me and @PHAnews by donating to our Pass the Love campaign. With your help, we've already delivered more than 888,000 meal kits this year to families in Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia. And a few dollars today can help us reach even more families in need. Learn more at WafflesAndMochi.org—and happy holidays!
It was wonderful meeting with so many remarkable young people while we were back in Chicago last week. Hearing their stories reminded me so much of my own. They give me so much hope, and I can’t wait to see the impact they’ll have on this community.
I had so much fun with these bright young people from Hyde Park Academy! I loved hearing about their ideas, passions, and resilience. My message to them—and to every young person out there—is to keep learning and never give up on your dreams. Barack and I believe in you!
Barack and I had so much fun surprising everyone at the @ComerChildrens Hospital. Happy holidays! ❤️
Growing up on the South Side made me who I am today. That’s why I was thrilled to sit down with some wonderful young women from Chicago. I see so much of myself in these girls. They're figuring out who they are and who they want to be. They’re using their voices. They’re exploring their ideas and their dreams. And they're not doing it alone—they have the support of some terrific organizations like Polished Pebbles, SHE Chicago, Ladies of Virtue, and Working on Womanhood right here in Chicago. Meeting with them reminded me of why I started the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance in the first place. These girls are so bright, so determined, so fiercely talented. They deserve the world. And I can’t wait to see how they use their education to lift us all up in years ahead.
Everyone should have access to healthy, affordable food. This #GivingTuesday, I’m asking you to support our Pass the Love campaign with @PHAnews, which has been delivering healthy meal kits to families in need. These Pass the Love meal kits are providing families with ingredients and recipes to prepare and enjoy delicious meals at home together. And we’re not just giving a single meal on a single day—we’re helping folks explore cooking together as a family, giving everyone a chance to build some skills and habits that can last a lifetime. I hope you’ll get involved with the Pass the Love campaign and donate at WafflesAndMochi.org.
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, and as you think about where to donate this year, I want to introduce you to sixteen-year-old Sonia—a student in the Girls Opportunity Alliance. Sonia is in the 11th grade and lives in Debauché, Haiti. When she finishes school, her dream is to become a lawyer or a nurse, with the goal of giving back to her community. But in her hometown, a quality education is hard to come by. Her neighborhood is still reeling from the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in the summer, which left many homes in her community severely damaged and flooded. Months later, families like Sonia’s are struggling to rebuild, let alone think about work or school. There’s no doubt this is a period of uncertainty for students like Sonia. But thanks to @LideHaiti, an organization in the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance, there is hope. LIDÈ Haiti has granted Sonia a scholarship for school and provides meals to her every day to ensure that she can focus on her studies. They’re also giving her and her peers mental health counseling to address trauma in the face of uncertainty and build their long-term resilience. So when you donate to the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund today, that’s who you will be supporting. A few dollars can help support girls like Sonia all around the world. So, check out the link in my bio to learn more. And happy holidays!
This #SmallBusinessSaturday, I want to tell you about three Black-owned businesses on the South Side of Chicago. Whether you’re grabbing coffee at the @southshorebrewchicago or ice cream from @shawnmichelleschicago or visiting one of the many locally owned businesses at the @boxvillechi outdoor marketplace, these are the kinds of small businesses that have always made this community home to us—and so many others on the South Side. Take some time today to support one of the small businesses near you—businesses that have been doing their best to make it through the pandemic—and let them know how much they mean to you.
So thrilled that Ada Twist, Scientist made her debut in the Thanksgiving Day Parade! This brainy little girl is teaching young viewers how important it is to be curious, and how anyone can be a scientist—no matter their age or background. When I was younger, I didn't often see a lot of characters who looked like me on TV or in movies. I know that was the case for so many girls and boys, too. So I hope you’ll watch Ada Twist, Scientist with your family on @Netflix!
Happy Thanksgiving from Sunny and our entire family! We hope you all have a wonderful day, giving thanks for everyone you love. ❤️
The holidays are a perfect time to give back—and the truth is, there is no greater gift than education. That’s why I was thrilled to ring in the holidays in New York with the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance and celebrate the talents and potential of adolescent girls around the world. So as we enter the season of giving, let’s all do our part to make sure that every bold and brilliant girl across the globe gets the opportunities she deserves. We’ve got to act fast, because the pandemic has put the education of millions of girls at risk—and we simply can’t afford to miss out on their talents, ideas, and dreams. I hope you’ll join us this holiday season to help girls around the world at the link in my bio. Every single contribution can make a difference for a girl—and for all of us.
Waffles + Mochi are back—and just in time to celebrate the holidays with a couple of friends! We had some fun starting a new tradition, Freezie Day—along with some new songs and adventures. Watch our new Holiday Feast episode with your family today on @Netflix! 🎄❄🎁
It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since Becoming was released! When I first started the process of writing my memoir, I knew that I wanted to share the fullness of my story, blemishes and all. I am who I am because of the snaking paths and winding roads, the frustrations and contradictions, the constant growth that is at once painful, joyful—and filled with confusion. So if this book was going to make any difference at all, I knew that it would need to be raw, vulnerable, and unabashedly honest. I’m so grateful for each and every one of you out there—not just for reading my memoir but for sharing your own story of becoming with me and with the world. Whether it was on our book tour or on social media, it has meant so much to hear you open up and reflect on your own journey. And I’d love to hear some more from you today! Share your story in the comments below or tag me in another post using #IAmBecoming. I can’t wait to hear from you! 💕
Today and every day, I could not be more grateful for the extraordinary service and commitment of our nation’s troops, veterans, and their families. I hope we all can find a way to give back to all those who have given us so much. #VeteransDay
It’s #CelebrateFirstGen Day, and I just want to say that I’m so proud of all the students out there who are working hard to get their education. I know that being among the first in your family to go to college can be a little overwhelming — scary, even. I felt that way when I first got to campus, too. So I just hope you remember that you aren’t alone. You have a whole cheering section rooting you on. And that includes me. No matter what you’re going through, I’ll always believe in you. #ReachHigher
Barack and I always loved celebrating Halloween back at the White House. I hope all those trick-or-treating tonight have a safe—yet spooky—time! 👻🎃
We started the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance to make sure that every girl around the world could fulfill her boundless potential. And right now, girls in Afghanistan need our help. That’s why we’re launching an Afghanistan Relief Fund to support on-the-ground organizations in our global community, including organizations like @CAREorg and @UNICEF, to support girls during this critical time. Click the link in my bio to join us, because we truly believe that the future of our world is only as bright as our girls.
I'm so proud of all the students pursuing higher education. I know it hasn’t been easy to go to school during a pandemic, but I hope you know I’m rooting for you to succeed and accomplish your goals. That’s why I want to make sure that if you’re a high school senior or college student, that you’ve completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get money to support you on your educational journey. Make sure to get started on the FAFSA today at StudentAid.gov and complete it as soon as you can, and check out @ReachHigher and @BetterMakeRoom for helpful resources and tips. You’ve got this!
Happy International #DayoftheGirl! Today, I’m celebrating the power and promise of young women all over the world. This includes Rachel, an 18-year-old student who is working hard to get an education despite the obstacles in her way. She is part of @PhysicallyActiveYouth, a program in Namibia that is in our @GirlsOpportunityAlliance Network. Rachel is determined to finish school because she believes that her education can unlock doors for her entire family. She’s right—and that’s why today, Rachel is taking over my Instagram Stories to tell us about herself and shine a light on how important it is to empower girls all around the world. She won’t be the only Girls Opportunity Alliance member you’ll hear from today either. My friends @KerryWashington, @OrlandoBloom, @ShondaRhimes, and @BrieLarson will have girls from Kenya, Vietnam, Uganda, and Guatemala take over their accounts to celebrate International Day of the Girl. I hope you’ll take the time to learn more about these incredible young women and donate at the link in my bio if you can. Every bit of support makes a difference—not just on this day, but all year long.
How it started vs. how it’s going Happy anniversary, Barack—love you! ❤️😘 Photo credit: Chynna Clayton
I can’t wait for families everywhere to tune into our latest production from Higher Ground—Ada Twist, Scientist! Based on the beloved book series The Questioneers, the show follows 8-year-old Ada who loves asking questions and working with her friends to find the answers. From learning how to tune a piano to figuring out the source of a very bad smell, Ada’s adventures with her friends Rosie and Iggy teach young people to be curious and keep digging deeper to understand the world around them. And best of all, it shows kids—especially little girls—that they can lead the way in science and math, too. I can’t wait to know what you all think—and I hope you'll watch on @Netflix and share your thoughts with me in the comments. #AdaTwistNetflix 👩🏿🔬👨🏻🔬👩🏼🔬👨🏽🔬
No matter what I’ve accomplished, who I’ve met or where I’ve gone, one of the greatest honors of my life is being a proud Chicagoan—a daughter of the South Side. I still lead with that descriptor. I wear it boldly and proudly. So when it came time to decide where we’d build the Obama Presidential Center, Barack and I knew the South Side of Chicago was where we wanted it to be. This investment will help make the neighborhood we call home a destination for the entire world. But more importantly, it will be a vital resource for the people who live here. This center will be a place where folks can find work, and where kids can learn, grow, and envision bigger lives for themselves. And we hope it’ll be a place that can invigorate the existing restaurants, small businesses, neighborhood organizations, schools, and churches that are the lifeblood of this community. That’s what this is about for us—giving a little something back to the people and place we both love so much. We can’t wait to see it come to life.
When I was a little girl, I would watch my dad get up early, put on his boots, and get himself ready for a long day of work. His job as a pump operator paid the bills, put food on our table—even allowed us to put a little away for savings. That’s why it meant so much to me to surprise these incredible women at Chicago Women in Trades this afternoon. Some of these soon-to-be welders will be working on the Obama Presidential Center, and each and every one of them is pursuing a career that can help them build a good life for themselves and their families. Thank you, Chicago Women in Trades, for opening doors for women and girls around the city. I am so proud to see these women lead the way! 💪🏾👷🏽♀️
The South Side is a part of who I am. It's my family’s apartment on Euclid Avenue, Sunday afternoons at my grandfather's house filled with jazz and home cooking, and the place where Barack and I fell in love and raised our girls. That’s why breaking ground on the Obama Presidential Center means so much to us. We hope this center will remind us all what’s possible when we work together to bring out the best in each other. Tune in to the virtual ceremony on September 28 at obama.org/groundbreaking. ❤️
I spent the morning of September 11, 2001, with my girls in Chicago. It was Malia’s first day of nursery school—I remember taking her photo, dropping her off for the very first time, and feeling those pangs of separation from my baby. I’d just buckled newborn Sasha into her car seat and was driving back home when I heard the news on the radio—and the uncertainty and anxiety set in almost immediately. What was happening? Had the world just changed? What kind of future were our girls going to enter? Each of us, if we were old enough at the time, has our own story from that day. It’s a snapshot—a time capsule—back to a different moment for all of us. For those who lost loved ones, it’s especially painful to relive. My heart goes out to all those for whom this wasn’t just a national tragedy, but a personal one. So today, I hope you’ll take an extra moment to mourn, to reflect, and most of all, to remember. It’s up to all of us to make sure that we’re honoring all those memories that come rushing back by living lives that reflect not just the trauma of that day, but the best that was on display, too: our kindness and compassion, our courage and resilience. They’re the values that lifted us up twenty years ago. And I hope they can guide us all, not just on an anniversary like this, but every single day.
I know so much is going on for all of us as the summer winds down, but I wanted to make sure you saw the news that the House passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act last night. It’s not every day that a landmark bill like this—a bill that will give a voice to so many—has a chance to become law. This bill would strengthen the protections of the #VotingRightsAct of 1965 and give our Justice Department the tools it needs to fight state-level voter suppression laws—laws that make it difficult for people of color to participate in our democracy. That’s a big deal—but it’s far from a done deal. Like so many bills before it, this one could fail in the Senate. So I’m asking you to make your voice heard. Join me and @whenweallvote, and ask your Senator to support this bill: weall.vote/johnlewisvra.
To help fulfill the promise of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and protect our sacred right to vote, my friend @StaceyAbrams and I along with @WhenWeAllVote and @FairFightAction are calling on you to reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to pass the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Join us and learn how to get involved at FightForOurVote.org.
Still turning my head after all these years. Love you, Barack! ❤️😘
Of all of your accomplishments, I know that being a present, loving father to our girls tops them all. Thank you for never letting the weight of the world get in the way of being a wonderful husband and father. Happy 60th birthday, @BarackObama! 💕
Happy birthday to the woman who taught me how to think for myself, use my voice, and show up authentically in this world. Your belief that I mattered, even when I was just a little girl, led me to where I am today. Thank you for being the ultimate role model. Love you, mom! 💗
A year ago today, we lost a civil rights hero: Congressman John Lewis. As we celebrate the king of good trouble—his legacy of perseverance; his ability to find moments of joy and lightness in the midst of real struggle—we should also recommit ourselves to building the future he envisioned. All across our country, the sacred right to vote that he marched and bled for is being threatened. That’s why we’ve got to do everything in our power to pass the #ForThePeopleAct and the #JohnLewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Everyone deserves to have their voices heard and their votes counted, and I can’t think of a better way to honor Congressman Lewis than by turning these bills into law.
During quarantine, I picked up knitting as a hobby—and discovered how fulfilling it can be to turn small stitches into something big and beautiful. I started off making tops for my girls, and realized I still had a lot more to learn. That’s why I had such a great time getting some advice from Shayna Rose, a 14-year-old reporter with @vogueknittingmagazine about the process. Hope you’ll take a listen!
Happy Fourth of July, everybody—and also, happy 23rd birthday to our dear Malia! It’s been a few years since we took this photo, but I know that she’ll always be my sweet little girl whose big hugs and big heart always lift up my day. Malia, we love you, and are so excited to see what this year will bring for you!
When I heard about the impact that the COVID-19 resurgence was having on young girls in India, I was heartbroken. So many bright, determined girls are living in impossible circumstances. Many have lost their parents or have been taken out of school with little hope of returning. The effects of this pandemic continue to ripple outward—decimating so much hard-earned progress that girls’ education organizations have made around the world. We’ve got to act fast to get these girls back on track. That’s why the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance is supporting three new organizations to help girls in India safely continue their education: @shadhika_india, @sukaryango, and @rsksindia. These organizations are providing scholarships, running health education programs, and empowering girls in rural communities. Their efforts go a long way toward ensuring that the pandemic doesn’t derail these girls’ dreams—and I hope you’ll do what you can to support them.
I'm so thrilled to hear the exciting news that @YouTube's Creators for Change on Girls' Education Special won the award for Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction Special at the @DaytimeEmmys. 💜 The special features some truly remarkable young women from the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance from countries like Namibia, India, and Vietnam. @LizaKoshy, @MostlySane, and @_ThembeMathe visited our Girls Opportunity Alliance Network's work around the world to share these stories, which showcase how education can transform girls' lives and create ripple effects across communities. You can watch the special at the link in my bio—and let me know if you do! 🎉
Congratulations to my friend, Conan O’Brien, on an incredible run. Thank you for bringing light and laughter into our homes for over 28 years—we’re all a little better off because of it. So excited to see where your next chapter takes you. 🎉
If you care about our democracy and believe that everyone should have an equal right to vote, we need your voice—and we need it right now. Over the past few months, there’s been a movement in state legislatures all across the country to pass laws that make it harder for people to cast a ballot. That means we’ve got to pass the For the People Act before it’s too late. This bill is one of our best chances to stop these voter suppression efforts at the state level and enact national voting standards to ensure all of us have a say in our future—whether that’s issues like pandemic relief, criminal justice, immigration, healthcare, education, or anything else. Together we can promote early voting, expand automatic voter registration, end gerrymandering, and strengthen everyone’s right to vote. So I hope you’ll call your senators right now and tell them to support the #ForThePeopleAct. Tag three friends to join you in calling their senators today: weall.vote/forthepeople
Happy #FathersDay to all the dads out there—especially the one and only @BarackObama! Our daughters couldn’t have asked for a better role model. We’re so lucky to have you in our lives. 💗
It’s almost #FathersDay, so I’m thinking a lot about my dad: his baritone voice, his laugh that filled up the room, the way he always knew how to set the right mood by spinning up the perfect record. My father gave great advice, taught me the value of hard work, encouraged me to ask questions, and always gave me the space to do so. I always thought he was so cool—just look at this photo! I’d love to hear about the fathers in your life who’ve helped you become who you are today—what qualities you value in them, what makes them unique, and what the best advice they’ve given you has been. #Fatherhood
Hello everyone! I’m Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of @CDCgov. I am thrilled to be taking over Mrs. Obama’s Instagram today to answer some of your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Before I begin, here’s a little bit about me. I am an infectious disease doctor and served as the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2017-2020 and as a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2012-2020. While at Massachusetts General Hospital, I saw firsthand the devastating impact of COVID-19. Having been on the front lines as a physician, I am honored to lead the CDC during this crucial turning point in the COVID-19 response. After the past year, I understand that many of us are tired, and some may be a little skeptical. But here’s the thing: Vaccination against #COVID19 is our ticket out of this pandemic and back to life as we once knew it. And that’s why I’m here today—I want to help answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccines using science and data. I’ll be posting responses to some of your questions in Mrs. Obama’s Instagram stories—check back to see if yours was answered! In the meantime, I encourage everyone eligible to find a vaccine appointment near you by: 🔍 Going to vaccines.gov 💬 Texting your ZIP code to 438829 📞 Calling 1-800-232-0233
Happy birthday to my darling Sasha! I am so grateful for every laugh we’ve shared — and everything you’ve taught me over the years. You’ll always be my little girl, but I couldn’t be prouder of the woman you are becoming. Love you so much! 🎉🥳💗
Thinking of you today, Breonna. 🖤 Artwork by Amy Sherald
Happy birthday, @DrBiden! You’re such a great friend—and even better wife, mom, and grandmother. Thank you for leading with such grace and empathy, and for being so authentically you. Here’s to more laughing, more singing, and more good times in the months and years ahead. 💕
When I was younger, I loved going to school. It was a place where I could see my friends, learn new skills and explore interesting ideas—and prove to myself that I was capable of being anything I wanted to be. So for me, knowing that more than 98 million adolescent girls aren’t given the chance to be in school is just heartbreaking. These girls are smart and capable, just like I was, and they deserve a shot at being their best. But for a variety of cultural, societal, and economic reasons, they’re not given the same chances—and the pandemic is widening these gaps even further. The facts are clear. When girls are educated, economies grow, poverty decreases, and families are strengthened. That’s why the work that @GPforEducation is doing to bridge the gender gap in education is so important. Supporting them supports programs, initiatives, and partnerships that ensure our girls have a place in the classrooms where they belong. I hope you’ll join me and #RaiseYourHand for girls’ education—check out the link in my bio to learn more.
I can’t wait for you all to see We The People! This Higher Ground project is filled with the songs and the heart of so many of our favorite artists—but even more, it’s a rallying cry for a rising generation that’s ready to take on the world. Watch it on @Netflix on July 4! 🇺🇸
Congratulations, Class of 2021! 🎉 From navigating virtual learning to finding new ways to develop relationships with teachers and classmates—while somehow submitting your assignments on time—you overcame so much this year with grace and humor. You should be incredibly proud of everything you’ve accomplished. When I think about how you must be feeling right now, I am reminded of my own experience as a younger woman, just getting started as an adult. The excitement I felt was often accompanied by doubts and worries. I still remember all those questions I kept asking myself. Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Can I do this? Over time, I proved to myself that the answer to all of these questions was “yes.” But I’ll be honest: It wasn't easy to do. And I know that while you’re getting ready to take that next step, so many of you might be feeling some of that, too. So what I want to say to you is this: In a year when so much of society—so much of humanity—slowed down for a bit, you all pushed yourselves harder. In a year defined by so much difficulty and loss, you never gave up or called it quits. Instead, you studied. You marched. You kept one another safe. And you took those first steps toward building a brighter future not just for yourselves but for all of us. So I just want you to know that I am so, so proud of you. Because after what we’ve seen this year, I know you will get through whatever life throws at you. Because guess what? Life threw an awful lot at you. And you didn’t blink. I hope you’ll tell me about your own experiences, too—send me a photo of your graduation day or shout out another graduate using #DearGrad and #ReachHigher! Congratulations again, graduates. I’ll be rooting for you in the months and years ahead. 🎓👨🏿🎓🎓👩🎓🎓
Hi everyone! My name is Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett and I am a viral immunologist and team lead for coronavirus research within the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. My team co-developed the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine based on years of research on other coronaviruses. I know that many of you still have COVID-19 vaccine questions (or are “vaccine inquisitive” as I like to call it), and that is why I am honored to take over Mrs. Obama’s Instagram today to help you make the best-informed decision for yourself, your loved ones, and your community. Don’t forget to leave your questions in the comments! I’ll answer a couple of your questions throughout the day in her stories. And if you need additional information or have now made the decision to be vaccinated, you can visit vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you. Photo Credit: Cheriss May
William “Buddy” Carter is retiring after 47 years as a butler at the White House and the Blair House. Barack and I are so grateful to have had his warmth, charm, and dignity by our side for eight of those years. He was always someone we could count on, without fail, and as time went on, he became an extension of our own family. Congratulations, Buddy, on nearly a half-century of extraordinary service to First Families and our country.
It’s been a year since those horrifying 9 minutes and 29 seconds stole George Floyd’s life and shook up so many of us. And it’s easy, after everything that’s happened, to focus primarily on the pain and the grief, the past traumas that came rushing back, the protests, the difficulty of reliving it all during a trial. It’s been a lot—a heavy, exhausting year in so, so many ways. But today, I can’t help but think of this clip of George’s daughter, Gianna. This was not just a national tragedy, but a human one. This little girl lost her father. And every time I watch this video, I see someone who loved her dad, who’s been forced to grow up a lot faster, and who probably had a lot of moments this past year that weren’t quite as joyful as this one. But in her, I also see the truth of an entire generation—a generation that’s already seen so much, but won’t let this world steal their hope. Some of them may still be small enough to sit on our shoulders, some of them are studying in college or just getting started with their careers. But it won’t be long before they’ll be the ones carrying us forward, urging us to move faster, aim higher, and see the world a little more clearly. This past year, we’ve seen so many young people out there marching, chanting, singing, dancing—and voting. It’s just a glimpse of their promise. And it offers such a powerful portrait of what’s to come. But their energy and conviction doesn’t absolve us of our own responsibility right now. No, we can’t let up for even a second. That means holding local leaders accountable, voting in new prosecutors and sheriffs if we have to, and speaking out about our own experiences of injustice and discrimination. That’s how we make sure “Daddy changed the world” isn’t a fleeting moment online, but a lasting change all across the country. And to Gianna, I am sending you and your family so much love and positive energy today. I know this can’t be an easy day for you all. But I want you to know that you were right—your daddy did change the world. And now it’s up to all of us to honor his memory and keep changing it for the better. 💕
Hi Instagram! My name is Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith and I’m honored to take over Mrs. Obama’s account for the day to answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s a little bit about me: I’m a practicing internal medicine physician currently serving as Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team. I’m originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands and I’m also an Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine where my work focuses on all things focused on health equity. Let me just start by saying this: it’s okay to have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine! Getting vaccinated is a personal choice and we want to make sure you have the facts you need to make the right decision. The benefits of the vaccine to your personal health and the health of the people you love are real and significant. And here’s the good news: it’s never been easier or more convenient to get vaccinated than it is right now. You can: ▪️Text your zip code to 438829 to find three locations near you with vaccines (if you prefer Spanish, text 822862) ▪️Visit Vaccines.gov to find a location and sort by a specific vaccine of your preference ▪️Call 1-800-232-0233 to speak with a representative about finding a vaccine ▪️Walk-in for a vaccine at thousands of sites, including many local pharmacies—no appointment required I’ll be posting some video responses to some of your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in IG Stories—be sure to check it out!
I’m glad that so many people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19—and I hope you all make sure to get yours as soon as you can. But whether you’re vaccinated already or not, I know you might have some questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s why I’m turning over my account over the next few weeks to a few of the extraordinary women who helped develop the vaccine and are managing the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 efforts: ▪️Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team ▪️Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Viral Immunologist and Coronavirus Research Lead at the NIAID Vaccine Research Center at NIH ▪️Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention You’ll hear from them right here on Instagram as they answer your questions, share their experiences, and reflect on the next stages of our response to the pandemic. I hope you’ll send in your questions in the comments!
As a wife and mother, I have thought a lot about what Vanessa Bryant has been going through this past year. I was touched hearing her speak with such courage and strength this past weekend at the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring Kobe, and I am proud to join so many others in building upon Gianna’s legacy by supporting the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. @VanessaBryant, all my love to you and the girls and the next generation of athletes you are working to empower. #PlayGigisWay ❤️
Working with the @GirlScouts has been so incredibly rewarding. Every time I speak with them, I’m reminded of how poised, intelligent, and thoughtful our young women are. These girls are bright, and their dreams are big—and I could not be more excited that they’re participating in the Becoming Me program to learn how they can channel their best selves. From discussing our favorite Girl Scouts cookies (mine are Thin Mints by the sleeve-full, in case you were wondering!) to the importance of mentorship, I recently joined a group of Girl Scouts to chat about how they can make their way in the world and what they thought about the young readers’ edition of Becoming. I am a strong believer that young people will always show up and push us to be better. That’s why I am rooting so hard for these girls, and after watching this video, I know you will be too. Check out some of our conversation, and share your own story using the hashtag #IAmBecoming.
Through our Pass the Love campaign with @PHANews, we’re aiming to provide families across the country with delicious meal kits inspired by Waffles + Mochi. And I’m so excited to announce our first partner cities — Atlanta and Cleveland! We’ve got more work to do, and with your help, we can reach our goal of distributing one million meals to families in need. So I hope you’ll take a moment to donate at WafflesAndMochi.org!
I just love this photo of my mom. It was taken at the Great Wall of China a few years ago, and every time I see it, I can’t help but think of all the adventures we’ve had over the years. From the days I spent as a kid around the pool at the cabin we used to rent out in Michigan, to the times in Chicago she’d come over before sunrise to watch the kids so I could work out, to every minute she spent with us in the White House, my mom has always been my rock. I am so grateful to have her as a guiding force in my life, but I know that this can be a tough day for so many who aren’t as lucky. So this #MothersDay, I hope you take a moment to celebrate all the moms and mom-like figures in your life—the aunties and grandmothers, the friends and mentors—who have helped you find your way in the world. All of us have needed a little nurturing and care to get us to where we are today, and this is the day to celebrate just that. Happy Mother’s Day, everybody. 💖
This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—our dog, Bo—after a battle with cancer. On the campaign trail in 2008, we promised our daughters that we would get a puppy after the election. At the time, Bo was supposed to be a companion for the girls. We had no idea how much he would mean to all of us. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, comforting presence in our lives. He was there when the girls came home from school, greeting them with a wag. He was there when Barack and I needed a break, sauntering into one of our offices like he owned the place, a ball clamped firmly in his teeth. He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit. And when our lives slowed down, he was there, too—helping us see the girls off to college and adjust to life as empty nesters. This past year, with everyone back home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo. All his people were under one roof again—just like the day we got him. I will always be grateful that Bo and the girls got to spend so much time together at the end. As a family, we will miss Bo dearly. But we are thankful that he lived such a joyful life full of snuggles, games of fetch, and evenings spent lying on the couch. We also know we weren’t the only ones who cared for Bo, and are grateful for all the love you showed him over the years. Please hug the furry members of your family a little closer tonight—and give them a belly rub from us. —Michelle, Barack, Malia, Sasha, and Sunny
I love these #MothersDay cards created by some very talented artists within our global @GirlsOpportunityAlliance community: Trang from Vietnam, Muzhda from Afghanistan, Cinderella from Ghana, and Ngọc Ngân, also from Vietnam. All four of these girls are being raised by mothers who not only support their education, but are empowering them to pursue their passion for art. I was touched reading about their relationships with their moms, and I think you will be too. You can help support girls like these by donating to the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund this Mother's Day in honor of your mother or the one who raised you. Download one of their custom cards and share it with an extraordinary woman in your life. Click the link in my bio to learn more.
Happy #CollegeSigningDay! I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how proud I am of each and every one of you celebrating today. Today, we’re recognizing your hard work and dedication as you take this next step on your journey to and through higher education. And I know this hasn’t been the easiest year, but I’ve been so inspired that, despite all of the obstacles in your way, you pushed through it all. Getting your education is an incredible accomplishment, especially when you think about how it wasn’t that long ago that so many students were denied the opportunity to do so. I was reminded of that when I saw the painting pictured right behind me. It tells the story of Ruby Bridges, who at the age of six, was one of the first Black students to integrate a public school in New Orleans. Parents actually pulled their children out of that school in protest. People retaliated against her family. Her father lost his job. And only one teacher at that entire school would agree to teach her. But Ruby and her family refused to back down. So for an entire year, she sat all alone, a class of one, dutifully learning her lessons. Now, we’ve come a long way since Ruby was a little girl. But we’ve still got a long road in front of us. And every single one of you out there that’s pushing yourself through all the adversity you’ve faced — especially this year — is helping to build a brighter future, not just for you but for all of us. That’s why we celebrate College Signing Day. This year, I’m wearing a shirt from Clark Atlanta University, one of our incredible historically Black colleges and universities. So whether you're going to a community college, trade school, university, or joining the military, I could not be more proud of you. Make sure to share where you’re planning to go this fall using #CollegeSigningDay. Then click the link in my bio at 2pm ET to join @BetterMakeRoom and me for our virtual celebration featuring some very special guests and student performances! 🎉
It’s almost College Signing Day! I’m so excited to celebrate students across the country who have made the commitment to pursue higher education—whether at community college, trade school, university, or the military. This past year hasn’t been easy. Students have missed milestones and had to persevere through so much. That’s why it could not be more important recognize their incredible achievements and celebrate their decisions to transform their futures. So I hope you’ll join me, @BetterMakeRoom, and some very special guests as we recognize these extraordinary young people and cheer them on as they head off on their journey. Watch our virtual celebration this Saturday, May 1 at 2pm ET at youtube.com/BetterMakeRoom and have your students share where they are heading using #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom! 🎓🎉
From hosting book club conversations to creating space for us to read and connect with our communities, independent bookstores have played important roles in our lives. I saw that firsthand while touring the country for my Becoming book tour, and even before that when Barack and I would take our girls to @57thstreetbooks in Chicago. This #IndieBookstoreDay, I want to hear about a bookstore that means a lot to you. Give them a shoutout in the comments below! 📚💫
Hi everyone, @ciaosamin here! I’m so excited to share a day in my cooking and gardening life with you here on Mrs. Obama’s Instagram. We had so much fun working on @wafflesandmochiofficial together. Join me in her Instagram Stories for a tour of my garden, some behind-the-scenes secrets, and a cooking how-to for one of my favorite recipes from the Tomato episode! #WafflesAndMochi ✨
Happy #EarthDay! Today, I’m celebrating changemakers like Carmela Bagum, a young woman from the Philippines who is committed to protecting our planet. Carmela grew up in a fishing village, where her passion for marine life pushed her to become a licensed fisheries technologist—despite the floods and typhoons that often closed her school. She is one of millions of girls whose education has been disrupted by the climate crisis, but she is also part of the rising generation of leaders who are already taking charge as we confront it. That’s why @GirlsOpportunityAlliance, @MalalaFund, and @GirlRising are teaming up to spotlight five young women, just like Carmela, who are working to protect our planet—from planting trees in Kenya to pushing for wildlife conservation in India. I am inspired by their work, and I hope you will read more about them at the link in my bio. 🌍
Happy birthday to my big brother and best friend, @CraigMalRob! From growing up on the South Side to your days as a DJ and beyond, I couldn't be more grateful to have you in my life. Wishing you a great birthday! ❤️
I need you to do something for me. All across the country, lawmakers are pushing for legislation designed to further restrict voting and disenfranchise voters. From Georgia to Texas to Kentucky to Florida and almost every other state in our union, these bills seek to make it harder to register to vote and cast a ballot, setting up more barriers that particularly impact communities of color. Already, some of these undemocratic measures have become law, and others are sure to follow. It’s going to take all of us working together and using our voices to fight back against these voter suppression tactics—and that starts with supporting the #ForThePeopleAct. This legislation will make voting more open, more fair, and more inclusive. For federal elections, it expands voter registration—including online and same-day registration—while requiring two weeks of early voting, making Election Day a national holiday, and more. I wrote an open letter with more than 60 friends to personally ask you to reach out to your senators in support of this landmark legislation, and I hope you’ll call your senators to urge them to support it as well. It’s one easy step you can take today that could have a lasting impact on the future. Click the link in my bio to read our letter and get started with @WhenWeAllVote by calling your senators to support the #ForThePeopleAct.
One of my goals in releasing a young readers’ edition of Becoming was to help young people and parents read together, which was one of my favorite things to do when our girls were little. And I’ve just got to say—it’s been so heartening to see so many families having conversations about the stories and themes from the book. Here’s a look at a recent conversation I had with some of the families in the @ScaryMommyBookClub! 📚
We all want to be with our family and friends again, and the best way to make that happen is by getting the vaccine as soon as it’s available to you. I have my vaccine squad – @faithhill, @ciara, @dangerusswilson, @jlo, and Lin-Manuel. Do you? Reach out to five friends or family members to make sure they're vaccinated and tag them below!
Barack and I started Higher Ground because we wanted to lift up new voices and help them share their stories. Today I want to tell you about one of the incredible creators on our team, @meuceph. She’s got a great podcast, “Tell Them, I Am” – and I think you’ll love it as much as Barack and I do. Misha is a first-generation Pakistani-American who moved to the United States in 2003. While in high school, she loved being able to share stories through radio and her passion for audio led her to starting a career as an independent podcaster before joining KPCC, a local NPR radio station in Southern California. She later went on to create her own audio production company, Dustlight Productions. We first met Misha back in 2016 at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where she received a scholarship for her work as a student journalist. When we heard the first season of her podcast, our team knew right away that we wanted to help support her. With every episode, Misha lifts up Muslim voices and stories that we can all relate to. “Growing up in a Muslim-majority country, being Muslim was just one part of me,” she says. “In the U.S., though, I felt like Muslims are pigeonholed and our most noticeable traits become our defining ones. So I wanted to create a space for people like me to define their own stories, around a small moment in their lives that meant something to them.” We can’t wait for you all to listen to Season 2 which just debuted this week! Misha is releasing a new episode every weekday throughout the month of Ramadan – click the link in my bio to listen on Spotify. Photo Credit: Mary Calvert
I've loved seeing so many families get inspired to cook and try new recipes after watching Waffles + Mochi! If you haven't already, I hope you and your family will get involved in our Earn Your Badge Challenge. It's a great way to share the magic of cooking by discovering new foods while also earning the same badges that your kids see in the show! You can get started right now at WafflesAndMochi.org/badges. If you’re looking for more inspiration to keep exploring the kitchen together, here’s a fun and easy fruit sushi recipe for you to try at home. Share your photos with us using #WafflesAndMochi!
On #NationalGardeningDay, I wanted to share the story of how the White House Garden came to be. The first seeds of the idea were actually planted before Barack came into office, back when he was first running for president. My friend @SamKassdc and I were sitting at the kitchen table, and I started trying to wrap my head around what I’d actually do if my husband managed to win. What kind of First Lady would I be? What issues would I focus on? I wanted to do something personal, something based on my own family’s experience—and that included recognizing how challenging it had sometimes been as a working mom to put healthy meals on the table every night. So much feels like it’s aligned against you: marketing dollars targeted at your kids, processed foods stuffed with extra sugars, salts, and fats, and of course, never feeling like I had enough time. So I wanted to start small, with a garden at the White House. I hoped it might open up a conversation about where our food comes from and how it impacts our children’s health. In the spring of 2009, we broke ground on the South Lawn, planting all sorts of fruits and vegetables. In time, we added the first-ever White House beehive, and the first-ever compost system to highlight the importance of having healthy soil. Over our eight years, the food we grew not only found its way to our family’s plates, but also helped nourish thousands of people through local organizations serving those in need. It’s a story I couldn’t be more proud of—and I know so many of you have your own gardens that make you proud, too. Tell me about some of the things you’ve been planting in the comments!
Happy #NationalPetDay to these two bundles of joy! Thanks for always making my day a little brighter – and for the endless cuddles. 🐾.
It’s #NationalWalkingDay, and I hope you all can make a little time to get some steps in. I know it’s not always easy. We’re all juggling so much. But trust me, getting a little walk in is good for both your physical and mental health—and that’s something we all can use, especially these days. So whether you’re taking a socially-distanced walk around your neighborhood or just walking around your home, I’d love to hear how you plan to put yourself higher on your to-do list today in the comments. #WellnessWednesday 🚶🏾♀️👟
Barack and I are wishing so much joy and light to everyone celebrating on this Easter Sunday!
Last week, we came together for our #PSGirlTalk special with @PopSugar and the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance to celebrate girls' education and empowerment around the world. I hope the conversations left you inspired to find ways to support the girls in your lives and in communities across the globe. Along with hearing from some incredible young people, we had some special guests join us who talked about why we all benefit when girls get the opportunities they deserve. I hope you’ll watch the special at the link in my bio!
It was such a joy being able to reconnect and talk with some of the amazing young women at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Mulberry Schools about mentorship, resilience and leadership. I'm so inspired by these young ladies—and after watching, I know you will be, too: #IAmBecoming
As you’ve seen in our show, Waffles and Mochi love learning about ingredients from all over the world and collecting badges along the way. Now you and your family can join in the wonder and joy of discovering food, culture, and cooking by taking part in our Earn Your Badges Challenge! Join the fun at WafflesAndMochi.org/badges. All you need is a challenge chart, badge sticker sheet, and a can-do-attitude. By completing different challenges, like trying new foods, cooking familiar dishes in a different way, or learning new recipes, you and your family can work together to earn your badges. I can't wait to see how you and your family take on the Earn Your Badges Challenge! Make sure to share your photos with me using #WafflesAndMochi. 🍅🌽🍄
I can’t wait for you all to watch What’s Cooking Tonight? – featuring @Jennifer.Garner, @ciaosamin, @wafflesandmochiofficial, some wonderful guests, and of course yours truly! The fun starts now — just click the link in my bio to watch. #WafflesAndMochi 🎶👩🏾🍳✨
As we near the end of #WomensHistoryMonth, there’s no better time to celebrate the power that lies inside every girl and pay it forward to the next generation of inspiring young women. That’s why I’m so thrilled that tonight @PopSugar is hosting “Girl Talk: Knowledge Is Our Superpower,” a virtual event dedicated to girls’ education featuring the stories of the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance. You’ll get to meet girls all over the world, hear a musical performance from @KellyClarkson, and see some other very special guests along the way—all in support of adolescent girls’ education and our work with the Girls Opportunity Alliance. I can’t wait to introduce you to students in our global community like Sonali and Turipamue, who joined me and @Lilly Singh for a conversation on what their education has been like during the pandemic. They shared their dreams, their challenges, and some of their favorite things about school. Here’s a sneak peek at our conversation—check out the link in my bio for more and tune in tonight at 9pm ET on PopSugar, @TLC or catch an encore at 10pm ET on @OWNTV. I hope this hour of girl power motivates and inspires you to help us ensure the world knows that, as Sonali says, “girls are magic.”
Can't get enough Waffles + Mochi? Good news! We're back for What’s Cooking Tonight? 🎉 It’s a fun not-so-late show with some special guests you’re going to love. Watch it live on Facebook or Netflix's YouTube Channel this Saturday at 1pm ET/10am PT.
I’m heartbroken by these recent tragedies of gun violence, and I just keep thinking about all the leaders who won’t take a stand to save lives and yet line up to pass bills that make it harder for us to vote. All across the country, too many people are doing everything they can to put up more barriers to the ballot. More than 250 bills have been introduced at the state level, and some have already been made law. That’s why the moment is now to join together to protect and expand our democracy—starting with the landmark #ForThePeopleAct. Along with our team at @WhenWeAllVote, I’m calling on the American people to rally together and help this bill become law. This is our best chance to strengthen our democracy and reaffirm that in our country, the power belongs with the people. Get started by reading more about the bill and calling your senators today: weall.vote/democracy
If you’re watching Waffles + Mochi, I hope you’ve seen that you don’t have to be a world-class chef to make something delicious. With that in mind, here are some tips from me for making cheese toast! For some other recipe ideas from the show and to donate to families in need, visit: WafflesAndMochi.org/get-cookin 🧀🍞👩🏾🍳🥦
Waffles and I have been spending so much time together that we’re basically finishing each other’s sentences! Take a look at the discussion we had with these incredible young people—and then check out Waffles + Mochi on Netflix! 💗
While writing Becoming, I reflected on the entire breadth of my life — and looking back, it never ceased to amaze me just how many of my most formative moments came during my childhood. I’ve always loved my mother and stood in awe of her abilities to guide me and my brother @CraigMalRob throughout our lives. But I’ll be honest: I am even more in awe of her after going through the writing process for this book. She always took Craig and I seriously, treating us as adults even when we were still children. She showed us respect and valued our voices. And she gave me the comfort and security I needed to know that I could always talk to her about anything. So I’m wondering: What are some of the lessons you learned as a child from a family member that still stick with you today? It could be a parent, a sibling, an auntie, or anybody else. I’d love to hear from you in the comments. #IAmBecoming
We’ve all seen the lines at food banks and heard about those struggling to put food on the table during the pandemic, so I hope you’ll join our Pass the Love campaign to help provide more than a million meals to families in need. You can get started at WafflesAndMochi.org.
Thanks for joining us on some of our adventures around the world! 🌎 From Italy to Japan to Peru, it was so much fun discovering, cooking, and eating delicious food with all of you. Join us for even more adventures on our new show, Waffles + Mochi, now streaming on Netflix! xo, W+M
Hey everyone—Waffles and Mochi, here! Mrs. O let us take over her account to celebrate the release of our new Netflix show. Hop into our Magicart and join us on Instagram Stories as we give you a sneak peek at some of our favorite destinations from our journey to becoming chefs! xo, W+M