WATCH: Barack Obama gives sweet tribute to Michelle Obama

Former President Barack Obama gave a sweet tribute to his wife and former first lady, Michelle Obama, during a speech Sunday while accepting the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in Boston.

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“I also want to thank Michelle Obama for, after the presidency, sticking with me, because I think she felt an obligation to the country to stay on,” Obama quipped to the audience, “but once her official duties were over, it wasn’t clear.”

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But his tone turned more serious as he continued to talk about the former first lady, saying, “I love my wife and I’m grateful for her, and I do believe that it was America’s great good fortune to have her as first lady.”

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This isn’t the first time, and we’re sure it won’t be the last, that the former president has publicly praised his wife.

During his farewell speech in January, he gave a heartfelt tribute to her.

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“Michelle LaVaughn Robinson of the South Side, for the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend,” Obama said.

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Former President Barack Obama, center, is presented with the 2017 Profile in Courage award by former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, left, as former first lady Michelle Obama, right, looks on during ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Credit: Steven Senne

Former President Barack Obama, center, is presented with the 2017 Profile in Courage award by former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, left, as former first lady Michelle Obama, right, looks on during ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Credit: Steven Senne

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Former President Barack Obama, center, is presented with the 2017 Profile in Courage award by former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, left, as former first lady Michelle Obama, right, looks on during ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Credit: Steven Senne

Credit: Steven Senne

He added: “You took on a role you didn’t ask for. And you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style, and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You have made me proud, and you have made the country proud.”

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