Barack and Michelle Obama's First and Last State Dinners: How Their Style (and Love!) Has Evolved
By Desiree Murphy
President Barack Obama's time in the White House may be coming to an end, but his legacy will forever be remembered -- including his always classy style!
POTUS hosted his 14th and final state dinner, honoring Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, on Tuesday, with his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, by his side. As always, all eyes were on the adorable couple, who snapped a series of sweet photos.
Dressed in a metallic rose gold Atelier Versace dress, Michelle truly shined as she held the commander in chief's hand during their grand entrance. Barack looked dapper himself, clad in a black tuxedo and bow tie.
It's clear that nearly eight years after taking office, Barack is still madly in love with the first lady, perhaps even more adorable than ever before.
Back in November 2009, the Obamas hosted their first state dinner, greeting then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and his wife, Gursharan Kaur.
For that get-together, FLOTUS donned a strapless gown by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan, proving her classy, elegant fashion would only get better with time. Her husband wore a similar suit to the one he sported on Tuesday, accessorizing with the same sweet smile.
And who could get forget the stunning, red silk Alexander McQueen gown Michelle wowed in during a state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao in January 2011?
Or this delightful, Vera Wang off-the-shoulder dress she rocked in September 2015, which received a well-deserved thumbs-up from her adoring husband?
Following Tuesday's state dinner, which featured a performance by Gwen Stefani and her boyfriend of a year, Blake Shelton, fans took to Twitter to gush over the Obamas, many who exclaimed they are "already missing" their presence in the White House.
Last month, Barack and Michelle appeared on Essence magazine's October issue, and in the accompanying feature, the powerful couple got candid about their time in office.
"I can unequivocally say that America is better off now than we were when we came into office," Barack exclaimed. "By almost every economic measure, we’re better off. But having said that, we still have a lot of work to do."