[artist id=”1236911″]Beyoncé[/artist] has never been shy about her admiration for Michelle Obama. In April, she dedicated a note to the first lady via her website, heavy with praise, and this week, Bey delivered the message aloud, in a new video that supports President Obama’s re-election campaign.
“I wrote a letter to the first lady because I wanted her to know that I’m very grateful for everything she’s done for our country and also for women around the world,” Beyoncé says as she introduces the clip.
During the brief video, the camera cuts from the singer as she begins to read the note, and a set of photos showing Mrs. Obama hard at work and hanging with her family begins to play. “Michelle is the ultimate example of a truly strong African-American,” Beyoncé reads as the photos scroll by. “She is a caring mother, she’s a loving wife, while at the same time she is the first lady!”
When Beyoncé originally posted the handwritten note on her site in April, the FLOTUS respond via Twitter, writing, “Thank you for the beautiful letter and for being a role model who kids everywhere can look up to.”
Beyoncé cemented her relationship with Michelle Obama last year, when she teamed up with the first lady to help promote the “Let’s Move!” campaign, which targeted childhood obesity. According to Obama, Bey reworked her single “Get Me Bodied” into “Move Your Body,” without even being asked, and she was happy to film an accompanying video for the song.
When Beyoncé made her return to the stage over Memorial Day weekend with a series of concerts at Revel Resorts — her first since baby Blue Ivy was born — the first lady made a trip to Atlantic City along with her two daughters to catch the show and later praised Beyoncé for her performance.
During a May interview with People, the first lady expressed just how much she liked the singer. “If I had some gift, I’d be Beyoncé,” she said. “I’d be some great singer.”