Barack Obama writes message to wife Michelle on her 56th birthday

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Not only is Michelle Obama the world's most admired woman, according to Gallup, she also has a husband who openly adores her.

On his wife's 56th birthday, former President Barack Obama shared four candid photos and a message of love.

In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama! Happy birthday, baby!

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"In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama! Happy birthday, baby!" the post read. The black-and-white photos show the couple holding each other, Mr. Obama kissing Mrs. Obama on the cheek, throwing up a peace sign and embracing in a tight hug.

In just a few hours the post got more than 4 million likes on Instagram alone, and it also gained widespread attention on Twitter.

Even though she's no longer first lady, Obama still has quite a following. She was named most admired woman two years in a row — this year gaining 10% of the vote, far higher than anyone else on the list. Her memoir "Becoming" sold more than 10 million copies, making it the best-selling memoir in history. And she has also embarked on a new career with her husband: producer.

The couple are spending their time in the private sector running their own production company, Higher Grounds Productions, which has created a slate of content for Netflix. One of their projects, a documentary called "American Factory," has already scored an Academy Award nomination.

Before being a first lady, author and producer, Obama was a graduate of both Princeton University and Harvard Law School, an attorney and a mother to Malia and Sasha — who are now both in college.