2017 marks our first holiday season without the Obamas as the first family. Of course, we’re missing them for a lot of reasons and hanging on to any kernel of happiness that they provide us. So, seeing the 2017 Obama family Christmas picture rightfully put the people of the internet in their feelings. The precious photo, tweeted by Barack, shows the former president, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha standing together and smiling with some special little Christmas elves in front of a festive backdrop. Who wouldn’t smile seeing the Obama family with little kids — plus a surprise appearance by a stuffed Scooby-Doo wearing antlers? Since we can’t have the Obamas in the White House, this will be good consolation.
And it seems like the Obama family Christmas tweet was just what people needed after this difficult year.
Since it is the Obamas first year as private citizens post-presidency, it’s lovely just to see them as a family. It’s especially noteworthy to mention that Obama’s tweet got more retweets than any of President Trump’s holiday messages on his preferred medium — like, ~200,000 more retweets. The Obama Christmas picture also has over 30 thousand replies and over one million likes, because, well, people are EMOTIONAL.
Here are just a few of the best (and most relatable) reactions from the Twittersphere:
So, it’s safe to say that people miss the Obamas. This emotional reaction also speaks to just how popular they are, even though they are no longer our first family. Maybe it’s because many Americans have practically adopted them as their own family? Of course, there were plenty of haters replying as well — but the holidays aren’t about the haters as far as I’m concerned.
Either way, it’s good to see the Obamas smiling and happy. And no matter where our former first family may be, we hope that they are having an amazing holiday and experiencing the peace they absolutely deserve.