When Barack Met Michelle: Movie of first couple’s first date in the works

When Barack Met Michelle: Movie of first couple’s first date in the works
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Yesterday, Louisiana incumbent Mary Landrieu lost the run-off election for the Senate by double digits, giving Republicans a solid 54-seat majority in that legislative body and completing the wholesale repudiation by the nation of the Obama way. Last week, a Rasmussen poll found that an astonishing 8% of likely voters — including blacks and other minorities — think race relations in America are better since Obama became president, and most say they’re worse. Yet, plans continue apace to find a location for Obama’s likeness on Mt. Rushmore.

Not really. But Deadline reports:

The White House legend that is Barack and Michelle Obama’s romance is heading to the screen. Southside With You, a drama in the vein of Before Sunrise, chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side. Get On Up’s Tika Sumpter will play Michelle Obama (née Robinson), while the search is on to cast the young Barack.

As Presidential lore has it, the date took some convincing. Obama, then an idealistic first-year Harvard Law student, took a summer job as an associate at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin where he fell for lawyer Michelle Robinson, his younger boss. Southside With You spans the day she agreed to go out with him when the two visited the Art Institute, took a long walk, and caught a showing of Spike Lee’s new film, Do The Right Thing. They were married in 1992.

In August 2012, a plaque was unveiled in Chicago to mark the spot of the Obamas’ first kiss. I remarked at the time that even that gesture seemed delusional at a point in his presidency where the scales had already fallen from most voters’ eyes. But that was at least a local bit of silliness.

The plan described by Deadline is for a feature film to be shown in theaters nationwide. Granted, Hollywood never stopped adoring the man feted with faux-Greek columns in 2008, but are they really that clueless about the rest of us?

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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