The Obamas Open Up About Their First Date At A Screening Of 'Do The Right Thing'

If you want to impress someone on your first date, consider stealing a page from President Barack Obama's sophisticated playbook. Two years ago, Barack opened up about his first date with Michelle - who turns 53 today.

Back in 1989, Michelle Robinson was a 25-year-old associate attorney working for the Sidley Austin corporate law firm in Chicago. To achieve her ambitions, she decided to focus on work instead of romance. But then she got assigned to mentor a 27-year-old summer associate named Barack Obama, who was causing a stir in her social circle as one of the brightest, most promising law scholars around.

But Michelle was sceptical about the flashy summer student.

"I figured he was one of these smooth brothers who could talk straight and impress people," she told biographer David Mendell.

"So we had lunch, and he had this bad sport jacket and a cigarette dangling from his mouth, and I thought: 'Oh, here you go. Here's this good-looking, smooth-talking guy. I've been down this road before.'"

So Barack tried to impress her on their first real date by taking her to a new independent movie that was creating a lot of buzz.

"Do The Right Thing was actually the first thing we saw together on our first official date," Michelle told audiences gathered to celebrate the movie's 25th anniversary in 2014. "He was trying to show me his sophisticated side by selecting an independent filmmaker [Spike Lee]."

"I took her to this new movie everybody was talking about directed by a guy that not that many people had heard of," Barack said during the event. "But it was supposed to be pretty good." The smitten couple agreed.

"So Spike, thank you for helping me impress Michelle," Barack added. "And thank you for telling a powerful story. Today, I've got a few more grey hairs than I did back in 1989. You don't look like Mookie anymore. But 'Do the Right Thing' still holds up a mirror to our society, and it makes us laugh, and think and challenges all of us to see ourselves in one another."

And the film's portrait of racial tensions is perhaps more relevant now than ever - for the Obamas and everyone else in Donald Trump's America.

Banner image: US President Barack Obama with the first lady Michelle Obama next to him gives speech from the East Room of the White House June 29, 2009 in Washington, DC (K2 Images /


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