Michelle Obama shared an adorable New Year’s Eve picture of herself and her ‘boo’ Barack wearing 2022 glasses as she wished everyone a happy New Year’s.
The fun post came one day after the former first lady posted a tribute to actress Betty White who passed away that same day.
Michelle, 57, posted a tribute of the late Golden Girls actress on her Instagram page which featured White with the family dog Bo who had passed away in May 2021.
The photo featured the smiling actress holding the family’s Portuguese Water Dog in 2012 while she was on a visit to the White House.
The former First Lady reminisced on her memory of White and the time she had spent with the Obama family.
‘Betty White broke barriers, defied expectations, served her country, and pushed us all to laugh,’ Obama wrote in her post. ‘She was also an animal lover and activist, and Bo loved spending time with her.’
‘There was no one quite like her, and Barack and I join so many who will miss the joy she brought to the world. I know our Bo is looking forward to seeing her up in heaven.’
Shortly after the post was made, the former first couple rung in the new year as the pair were seen wearing the themed glasses with Michelle’s over Barack’s shoulder.
‘Happy New Year from me and my boo! Wishing you all a year filled with happiness, love, and good health,’ Obama said in the Twitter post.
After the tribute was posted, the Obamas took again to social media to commemorate the new year
Former First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to late actress Betty White on Friday posing with the family dog Bo who passed away in May 2021
She wrote that Betty was an animal lover and that their dog Bo is ‘looking forward to seeing her in heaven’
White, who died at the age of 99 on Friday, was only two and a half weeks away from celebrating her 100th birthday in January.
‘Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,’ White’s agent and friend Jeff Witjas told PEOPLE.
‘I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much.
‘I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.’
Since the announcement of her death, fans and celebrities took to social media to honor the late Golden Girls actress.
Stars such as Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, Debra Messing and Diane Kruger paid their respects on social media following the news.
Other White House officials such as President Joe Biden paid tribute to the late Golden Girls actress
Former White House photographer posted a photo of White speaking with Barack Obama in the Oval Office
Members of the White House staff also paid tribute to White including President Joe Biden.
‘Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans,’ Biden wrote on Twitter.
‘She’s a cultural icon who will be sorely missed. Jill and I are thinking of her family and all those who loved her this New Year’s Eve.’
Pete Souza, a former White House photographer, also posted a photo of White with Barack with the pair seen laughing in the Oval Office.
‘She made us laugh. All of us,’ Souza wrote in the post. ‘RIP Betty White.’
In addition to her work as an actress, White was also remembered as an avid dog lover.
White poses with her dog Chow as a child as she would often exchange radios for goods which included animals
Betty White, an outspoken animal rights activist poses with her dog in 1972
According to PEOPLE, she told the magazine in 1999 that she had owned 26 dogs and even co-authored two books about guide dogs.
She also had close ties with the Guide Dogs for the Blind to which she generously donated gifts to the organization as well as becoming a celebrity spokesperson for them.
Her undying love for animals began as a child when her father built radios during the Great Depression to make extra money.
Nobody had money for the radios so he would often trade them for other goods, including dogs. At one point, the Whites owned up to 15 ‘well-loved’ dogs.
‘Now, radios didn’t eat, but the dogs did. So it was not the best business venture,’ she added.
White died on December 31, 2021 at the age of 99, only weeks before her 100th birthday
White was best known for her iconic role as Rose Nylund in the NBC series Golden Girls which premiered on September 14, 1985
White also was not shy about revealing her preference to animals over human company. ‘
Can you blame me?’ she said. ‘Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.’
In addition to real animals, White also had a quirky obsession for stuffed animals – a subject that she risked ‘having a net thrown over me’ for discussing it in her book.
Two rooms in her Los Angeles and Carmel homes were devoted to her plush pets.
‘I especially love the exotic ones — there is an anteater, a rhinoceros, a beluga whale, an armadillo, a bear—not a Teddy, a grizzly—the list goes on.’
‘When a new member joins the group, I introduce him to the others. The animals have been collected over the years — I don’t actually go out and buy them.’
Source: Daily Mail