- Barack Obama thanked Michelle for sticking by him after his presidency
- He joked that it was "not clear" that she would do so
- He said America was blessed to have her as First Lady
Former US President Barack Obama has thanked his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, for sticking with him after his presidency.
Speaking on Sunday, May 7 while receiving the prestigious JFK Profile in Courage Award in Boston, US, Obama joked that it "wasn't clear" whether Michelle would stay or leave when he left the White House.
Obama said: "I also want to thank Michelle Obama for, after the presidency, sticking with me!"
Obama joked: "I think she felt an obligation to the country to stay on but once her official duties were over, it wasn't clear."
He added: "I love my wife and I'm grateful for her. And I do believe it was American's great good fortune to have her as first lady."
Michelle, who sat in the audience, looked on at Obama and smiled through the emotional moment. She later joined him on stage as he received his Award.
Caroline Kennedy and Jack Schlossberg, daughter and grandson of former US President John F. Kennedy, presented the Award to Obama.
Obama also used the occasion to appeal to US lawmakers to fight to retain the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
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