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Former First Lady and current leader of the entire world Michelle Obama delighted her fans and celebrities alike by making a surprise appearance at the Grammys.

Obama showed up and stole the show by appearing alongside fellow female legends Lady Gaga, host Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett Smith and J-Lo to emphasise how much music means to them.

When she first showed her dazzling face onstage, many in the audience didn't immediately register who she was, Once she began speaking however, the crowd LOST IT.

She had only declared the words, "From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side …", when she was interrupted by hysterical cheering. I mean, we'd all lose our chill if she turned up in Dublin airport.

"All right — we got a show to do," she said as she tried to dissipate the clapping, to no avail.

She referenced Beyoncé, naturally, and Motown as her influences. Could she BE more inspiring?

"From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the Who Run the World songs that fuelled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story, and I know that's true for everybody here."

"Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters."

"Every story within every voice, every note within every song. Is that right, ladies?" THAT'S SO RIGHT, MICHELLE.

She later tweeted that she was "thrilled" to be present, celebrating the power of music. Never stop making surprise appearances, gal, we need you.

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As the former President of the United States, Barack Obama seemingly can do no wrong.

He was golfing in Hawaii recently and met young mother Chelcie Edwards and her adorable seven-week-old daughter Paisleigh, and the cuddling that followed is something special to behold.

Obama takes little Paisleigh into his arms and kisses her on the forehead, and it's fair to say we would have passed out if we witnessed it in person.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Joseph Edwards filmed the meeting and it's attracting the attention of the internet, naturally, because it's TOO DAMN CUTE. 

"I am baffled the President was holding my sweet baby girl. Ever since she entered the world our cup has overflowed with blessings," the overwhelmed father wrote on Instagram. 

Chelcie spoke to Because of them we can about the personal meaning behind the meeting, and said;

"To have the First Black President ever to initiate holding our daughter, let alone kissing her on the forehead, has to be one of the most pivotal moments of any parents life."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"For our little girl to be in the hands of a man that is so influential, yet still so humble, and allowing her to experience something many will never get to experience is a blessing from God within itself," the mother continued.

"It’s just one of those things that’s just indescribable. This memory is one she will listen to for many years to come, as well as have for the rest of her life," she added, clearly cherishing the meeting wholeheartedly.

"As parents, we plan to share this monumental moment with our daughter through pictures, stories, and instilling in her who exactly he is and was before her time." She's certainly met some influential people for a seven-week-old.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"These are memories for her all while being able to live in a place Barack Obama calls home, Hawaii. Furthermore, I pray one day my daughter appreciates and understands the magnitude of what she was able to experience."

The former president also revealed to Paisleigh's father Joseph that he loved his own parenting experience;

"You can’t beat having daughters!" he said.

Simply wonderful, now someone hand us a newborn baby so we can meet him too please.

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If we wanted to get advice from anyone, the Former First Lady of the United States would probably be on top of our list. 

So it's the Duchess of Sussex' lucky say as Michelle Obama has been dishing out a few pearls or wisdom to the former actor. 

The women have in common many things – largely that they have had to adapt to a life that is more pressurised than they could have ever imagined.

Michelle said, "Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel – from yourself and from others – can sometimes feel like a lot."

She continued, ''So my biggest pieces of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends before I launched into any more ambitious work."

She went on to say that choosing projects is important and is to be done wisely.

She said, "I think it’s okay – it’s good, even – to do that….What I’d say is that there’s so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that – and I think Meghan can maximise her impact for others, as well her own happiness, if she’s doing something that resonates with her personally."

Nice one, Michelle. 

Michelle is currently in the UK to promote her newly-released memoir, Becoming, and has been generous with her nuggets of wisdom, especially when it comes to the myth of ''having it all.''

During an appearance at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, Michelle spoke about the modern concept. 

She said, “Marriage still ain’t equal, y’all. It ain’t equal. And I tell women that it’s not equal – that whole ‘so you can have it all’? Nope, not at the same time.''

She added, “That’s a lie. And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that s**t doesn't work all the time.” 

Hear hear, Michelle – I think we all need a friend like her tbh. 

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Barack Obama is without a doubt one of the most beloved American presidents in history. 

When it comes to his home life, he is clearly pretty loved to say the least.

Today marks the former POTUS's 25th wedding anniversary with his wife Michelle Obama. 

Michelle took to Twitter to make a public gesture to her husband on their special day. 

'Happy 25th anniversary @barackobama,' the tweet begins.

'A quarter of a century later, you're still my best friend & the most extraordinary man I know. I <3 you.' 

 

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The tweet comes complete with a stunning picture plucked straight from the couple's wedding album. 

No we're not crying, you are. 

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We hate to drag it back up, but remember the last time you got up on your high horse, lashed out and then realised you were wrong?

Yes, it was absolutely hideous, and you made a right fool of yourself, but thankfully few people know the ins and outs of your mortification.

Unless you're a Twitter user named Bikergirl4Trump, that is.

Earlier this year, Bikergirl4Trump decided to pour scorn on the Obama administration in a move which has caught the attention of thousands of social media users this week.

Taking aim at the former First Lady, Michelle Obama, Bikergirl4Trump shared a photo of Michelle shoe-shopping in the days that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Except it wasn't Michelle Obama at all. In fact, Barack Obama wasn't President when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. 

Put simply, Bikergirl4Trump mistook Condoleezza Rice, who was National Security Advisor and Secretary of State during the Bush Administration, for the former First Lady.

Falling on the post with glee, one Twitter user highlighted the inaccuracy, writing "[Michelle] was a private citizen in another state and the picture isn't dated and it isn't of her. Unfathomable levels of ridiculousness."

"OMG you're adorable! You thought Obama was president during Katrina. *squeezes your cheek*," scoffed another.

Taking a more serious stance, another lamented: "We wish it was a joke, but these folks are just ignorant. There should be a test for voting."

Indeed.

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Michelle and Barack Obama will always be some of our favourite people.

Their humour, intelligence and attentive attitudes are something we all need to look up to, and we miss them dearly being in the White House.

So, let's just say if we ever met them in person we'd retreat into complete fan-girl mode.

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Well, Bono stopped by a New York restaurant this week to grab a bite to eat with the couple, and holy GOD, how we would have loved to be in that restaurant.

According to US Weekly, the lunch consisted of fried chicken, sausage and kale pizza and bucatini cacio e pepe (which is basically just salt and pepper pasta).

A source told the publication: "Secret Service was everywhere, so the whole restaurant knew who was there. There was an air of excitement.

"When he came up the stairs on his way out, the entire restaurant stood up from their chairs and cheered for him."

One day…

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A book about the Obamas? Yes, please!

And it looks like that just might happen if the rumours are to be believed.

Barack and Michelle have reportedly signed a book deal with Penguin Random House for $60 million.

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It is claimed that a "heated auction" took place over the last number of days with various publishers wanting to nab the deal.

According to The New York Times, Penguin Random House will reportedly make a "substantial" amount of money from worldwide sales.

Chief Executive of Penguin Random House, Markus Dohle, released a statement saying: "We are absolutely thrilled to continue our publishing partnership with President and Mrs. Obama.

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"With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same.

"Now, we are very much looking forward to working together with President and Mrs. Obama to make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance."

We can't wait for this.

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We have so much love for these two anyway, but they really sealed that deal on being the best couple ever today.

The Obamas have always been quite open about their love for each other, but they furthered that today with beautifully sappy Valentine's Day messages.

Both sharing photos on Twitter, Barack was the first one to gush about his spouse, writing: "Happy Valentine's Day, @michelleobama! Almost 28 years with you, but it always feels new."

AWWW.

Michele was next, posting a picture of their feet in the sand and captioning it: "Happy Valentine's day to the love of my life and favourite island mate, @BarackObama."

It's going to be hard to beat these two in the love department.

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A motion has been passed by Dublin City Council to award the Freedom of the City to former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

The motion was passed last night by the majority of the councillors who feel that the couple are deserving of the honour.

The award is designated for those who have made a contribution to or had an influence on the life of the city, and previous winners include politicians, artists and entertainers.

“I am not proposing that we canonise the Obamas, or declare Barack Obama’s presidency a success," said Labour Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr.

“But I do believe that Dublin City Council should seek to recognise their achievements and their vision for a better, fairer world.”

There will be an official ceremony for the award, although no invite to the Obamas has been issued yet so it is unconfirmed whether or not they will attend.

There was some opposition among city councillors about awarding Barack Obama with the honour, as they felt that some of his presidential actions disqualified him as a candidate.

However the motion passed with 30 votes for and 23 against. 

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We can't help but GUSH about the Obamas lately.

It could be because they're leaving the White House in three days, OR it could be the fact that they're just so incredible cute together.

Apart from the all work that Barack and Michelle do, we love them for being such a strong couple, and openly showing their adoration for each other.

And Barack is the latest one to gush about his love for Michelle.

The President (we're not saying goodbye yet) wrote a tweet to honour his wife today, and it was the cutest thing ever.

"To the girl from the South Side who took on a role she didn't ask for and made it her own: Happy Birthday, Michelle. I love you."

Barack is major #HubbyGoals right now.

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It's been an interesting year – from Brexit to Trump and numerous terrorist atrocities, globally we face increasing uncertainty.

But it hasn't all been bad news. In fact, we've crowned eight celebrities our 'heroines of the year' for being shining lights in a lot of darkness…

 

Michelle Obama, 52:

From speeches that captivated the world to her head-turning fashion, the First Lady will be sorely missed from the White House. No wonder there's already a campaign underway to have her run for US president in 2020.

The Duchess Of Cambridge, 34:

Sure she's privileged, but being married to a royal means a life in the harshest of spotlights. Arguably the world's most photographed – and thus, critiqued – woman, we applaud Kate for just getting on with it. She has evidently embraced being a mum too: far from being royal brats, George and Charlotte are impeccably behaved in public. 

Annalise Murphy, 26:

The Rathfarnham sailor nabbed a silver medal for Ireland at the Olympics – but in the two years prior to that incredible achievement she struggled to perform at her best. She finished a frustrating fourth in London 2012 and in the aftermath her confidence took a knock. For getting back in the saddle and not giving up, we salute you, Annalise.

Iskra Lawrence, 26:

A plus-sized model with A LOT to say on the fashion industry, Iskra is also an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association in the UK. And a time when a lot of social media stars feel compelled to edit their posts, we (and her 3m followers) love that Ms Lawrence refuses to do so.

Hillary Clinton, 69:

Agree or disagree with her policies – there's no doubt that she's broken down a lot of boundaries for women in politics, still very much an industry where women struggle to be heard. That and her concession speech was nothing short of inspirational. 

Alicia Keys, 35:

We love her for her no-nonsense attitude; during the summer she announced in a letter that she had reconsidered her approach to cosmetics. Since then, she's turned up at a load of high-profile events and appearances entirely fresh-faced and makeup free. 

Saoirse Ronan, 22:

Being nominated for an Oscar aged 13 would set a lot of actors up for tabloid-infused, wild-child future. Not so Saoirse – who earlier this year nabbed her second Oscar nomination for Brooklyn. Still just 22, she continues to change the way Hollywood considers young female actors. 

Winnie Harlow, 22:

Winnie hasn't allowed her vitiligo to dampen her dreams. Indeed, the Canadian model is now one of the industry's most recognisable faces. She's also a valuable contributor to discussion on the self-esteems issues young people today face.  

 

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Remember when Clay County Development director, Pamela Ramsey Taylor, decided it would be in the public's interest to deride Michelle Obama in a particularly racist Facebook post last month?

Well, if you thought justice had been done in the case following Ramsey Taylor's firing, you'd be wrong.

According to emerging reports, the director of the non-profit group has actually been reinstated despite recently tweeting: "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House."

"I'm tired of seeing a ape in heels," she added in a move which understandably caused considerable outrage online.
 

Commenting on the matter, Leslie McGlothin to the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services explained that Ramsey Taylor is set to re-join the group on December 23 after being subject to a 'suspension'.

But while Ramsey Taylor will be returning to her position, West Vrginia's Clay County mayor, Beverly Whaling, who said the racist post had 'made her day' will not be returning to her post after resigning amid the public furore.

Similarly, Dr Michelle Herren who called the First Lady a 'monkey face' in a Facebook post resigned from her position at the University of Colorado in recent weeks.

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