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First couple dish on lunch date that started it all

Barack Obama has revealed how he swept his wife Michelle pictured, off her feet on their first date with lunch at an art museum followed by a leisurely walk and then a Spike Lee film.

The president and first lady disclosed the details of their first date, which took place in 1989, in a video released on his website to promote a competition to win dinner with the couple. They explain how they spent a day together, beginning at the Art Institute of Chicago, where they had lunch before taking a stroll down Michigan Avenue. They then went to see 'Do the Right Thing', the Spike Lee film about racial tensions in 1980s' New York that had just been released.

"It was a cool date," says Mrs Obama in the video. "We spent the whole day together, he was showing me all facets of his character."

A smiling Mr Obama interjects, points into the camera and says: "Art. Guys out there, it impresses people."

Mrs Obama continues: "He showed his cultural side and then we took a nice long walk down Michigan Avenue." Mr Obama chips in with: "Kind of romantic." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent