After the death of her brother, former President Barack Obama spent more than a decade researching a therapy that could help him cope with the loss.
The president’s speech therapy video, which debuted at the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, has been viewed more than 17 million times on YouTube.
| AP photoPresident Barack Obama, right, talks to the press on Aug. 26, 2017, during his first visit to the White House since his death from a brain tumor.
The former president spoke to reporters on Aug 25 about his treatment.
Obama, left, is seen in a photo from 2009 during his speech therapy.
Obama was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer in 2012.
(AP photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The former president’s wife, Michelle, who was a former medical intern at the White, attended a private fundraiser at the Obamas’ Washington home in December for his cancer-related research.
At the time, the former president had previously said he would be spending “a couple of weeks” in hospice care.
In a video message posted on Twitter, Michelle Obama said her husband was “doing well,” and that “he is doing what he needs to do to live his dream of being a part of the greatest country on Earth.”
She continued: “I know that you know that, and I am so happy to be with you as we celebrate a year of your life and legacy.
I hope we are doing all that we can for him.”
Obama’s speech-therapy videos have garnered more than 175 million views, according to the YouTube page for the Obams’ White House residence.
Obama’s wife has said that while she is “still very proud of him,” she was also “trying to be a little bit more sensitive, and understanding.”
In the video message, Michelle said that “there is a part in him that needs to be understood” and that the former President’s cancer was “a huge gift.”
“He’s not going to be around forever,” Michelle said.
“He has his family, he has his friends, and he has everything that’s going to help him through this.”