MALIA, JUNE 2015
Though they were accompanying her on her European tour, the First Lady admitted that most of the time, Malia and Sasha aren't particularly thrilled to hang out with their parents. "We're the last people our kids want to be with," the First Lady told ET in May. "I think they're conditioning us for that empty nest syndrome, but we're not relishing that at all."
SASHA, JUNE 2015
The Obama family made good use of that "precious" time when Sasha, Malia and their grandmother, Marian Robinson, accompanied the First Lady on her June 2015 trip to London, where they enjoyed afternoon tea at Kensington Palace with Prince Harry himself. Later, the three generations of Obama women visited Prime Minister David Cameron at his residence, 10 Downing Street, before jetting to Milan.
The Moment: The President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie to a state dinner in their honor at the White House
Why We Can't Stop Staring at It: The wide scope of this photograph captures the majesty and glamour of the American presidency – especially with the sun peeking through just so.
No, it's not just you: the First Lady manages to look fresher disembarking a plane than we thought was humanly possible in an A-line Carolina Herrera number and softly curled bob.
The First Lady touched down in Tokyo in a chartreuse Kenzo coatdress – a nod to her host country, as the line's founder Kenzo Takada was born in Japan.
To tour Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple, Obama opted for a look that married fashion (her BCBGMaxAzria Runway tunic) with practicality (her leggings and lace-ups).
The First Lady chooses a Roksanda colorblock dress in shades of coral, periwinkle and teal for her flight out of Siem Reap airport.
A FRESH COAT
The Dries Van Noten coat and striped top she wears at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport does double duty – she also wore it to drum with a high school Taiko Club in Kyoto, Japan.
THE 'BRING DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE'
The First Lady of the United States and the dance floor enlisted Ellen DeGeneres and some So You Think You Can Dance favorites to celebrate the fifth anniversary of her Let's Move! Initiative with – what else? – some solid hip-thrusting.
Looks like the First Family is all set with this 300-pound gingerbread replica of the White House.
HO, HO, HO!
Just call them Mr. and Mrs. Claus! President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle show the spirit of giving back by carrying sacks full of toys donated by White House staff at a Toys for Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
THAT'S THE SPIRIT
Teamwork! First Lady Michelle Obama high-fives little league star Mo'ne Davis during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony Thursday night in Washington, D.C. Earlier in the week, Obama congratulated the pitcher on being named Sports Illustrated's Sports Kid of the Year.
Michelle Obama presents the Literary Arts award to Angelou, one of the first African-American women to make the best-sellers list with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, whom she calls one of her "she-roes" at the January 2012 BET Honors in Washington, D.C.
Before the star-studded Met Gala, First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the grand opening of the New York museum's Anna Wintour Costume Center on Monday.
First Lady Michelle Obama gives a squeeze to local elementary school students who came by the White House in D.C. for a day of planting in the Kitchen Garden on Wednesday. "Guys, this is awesome," she told them. "Look at all the work you did. You know how long this would have taken me if I did it by myself?"
SHE'S GOT GAME
Contact! First Lady Michelle Obama reveals her hidden talent – ping-pong! – during a visit to the Beijing Normal School on her trip to China with daughters Sasha and Malia on Friday. "My husband plays," she told the crowd. "He thinks he's better than he really is. I could stay here all day."
How sweet! Kermit the Frog plants a smooch on First Lady Michelle Obama's hand during an event for children of military families Wednesday at the White House in Washington, D.C., where the kids were also treated to a screening of Muppets Most Wanted.
HUG IT OUT
First Lady Michelle Obama gives a gentle squeeze to students from New York's Little Red Schoolhouse and Elisabeth Irwin High School on Thursday while visiting the city's New Museum, where she promoted her "Drink Up" initiative, encouraging students to drink more water.
STEP 9: … OPRAH WINFREY
One of Oprah's favorite things must be meeting famous people, but we imagine shaking Bo's fluffy white paw was truly an aha moment. While taping her 2009 White House Christmas special, she squeezed in some face-time with the well-trained First Dog, who high-fived her right on cue.
Now connect Oprah Winfrey to…
The first time we saw this white J. Mendel skirt and coordinating metallic-embroidered short-sleeve jacket on the FLOTUS was last year during the Olympics, but she recycles the look (even adding similar metallic heels) for TNT's Christmas in Washington event.
President Obama laughs it up with 15-year-old daughter Malia (left) and 12-year-old daughter Sasha during a Sunday basketball game at Comcast Center in College Park, Md., where the Oregon State Beavers (coached by Michelle's brother Craig Robinson) edged out the Maryland Terrapins, 90-83.
BARACK & MICHELLE OBAMA
Trick-or-treaters to D.C.'s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue didn't receive king-size candy bars, but they did get to meet the president and first lady and open up bags filled with dried fruit, M&Ms and a butter cookie shaped like the White House. Sweet deal!
MEET & GREET
The lovable Elmo gets up close and personal with First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to announce a new partnership between the Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association to promote healthy eating habits for kids.
"I've seen Michelle tease you about your gray hair. You have a bit of silver in your hair. Do you tease back?"
– Jay Leno, on President Obama's signs of aging, on The Tonight Show
"No. No. That's why we're celebrating our 21st anniversary."
– President Obama, in response
A 'MOVING' MOMENT
During a goodwill trip to South Africa and Botswana in 2011, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia spend 20 minutes at home with Mandela, then 92, and his wife, following a visit to his foundation. Obama calls the experience "the most moving part" of her trip abroad. Two years later, on Mandela's 95th birthday, the Obamas release a statement congratulating the leader on the milestone and asking people to honor him through acts of service.
"If you guys ever decide you're going to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo, in the same place, and we'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo."
– President Barack Obama, on what he'd tell daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, if they wanted to get inked, on the Today show
Who has a higher approval rating than both President Barack Obama and the first lady? Why first dog Bo, who sat front and center for an official White House portrait taken in the vegetable garden. "One of the reasons we did this picture is because we get so many letters from kids, mostly, who … want to see Bo," Mrs. Obama said of her "very sweet dog."
The first lady also promotes a wholesome, active lifestyle as she teams with Al Roker and chef Anne Burrell to cook up some veggies – and some fun. Prior to putting her signature moves on display, she told guests, "Overall, we want you guys to have a good time and keep moving and be healthy. And, kids, eat your vegetables, okay?"
The FLOTUS takes the festivities one page at a time as she reads Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to a group of kids, including her daughters.
April Fools' Day aside, the Obamas take the annual event's overarching purpose seriously, making time to meet with children attendees. "It's great to have everyone here this morning," Mrs. O said earlier in the day from the White House balcony.
President Barack Obama welcomes a very special guest to Washington, D.C.: the one, the only … Easter Bunny, who helps kick off Monday's 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll celebration with first lady Michelle, daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, and 9-year-old "Kid President" Robbie Novak.
2. OSCARS DIPLOMACY: FLOTUS AND TED
Where in the world can a foul-mouthed, weirdly life-like creature of host Seth MacFarlane's creation and First Lady Michelle Obama be in the same room? Why, at the Oscars! They didn't exactly share the stage, but if these two polar opposites can come together for an evening, a joint Congressional session shouldn't be that hard, right?