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October 30th, 2009
04:33 PM ET

The Obama Marriage

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dancing their way at one of the 10 official inaugural balls

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dancing their way at one of the 10 official inaugural balls

Jodi Kantor
New York Times

Another Washington dusk, another motorcade, another intimate evening played out in public view. On Oct. 3, just a day after their failed Olympics bid in Copenhagen, Barack and Michelle Obama slipped into a Georgetown restaurant for one of their now-familiar date nights: this time, to toast their 17th wedding anniversary. As with their previous outings, even the dark photographs taken by passers-by and posted on the Web looked glamorous: the president tieless, in a suit; the first lady in a backless sheath.

The Obama date-night tradition stretches back to the days when the president spent half his time in Springfield, Ill., reuniting at week’s close with his wife, who kept a regular Friday manicure and hair appointment for the occasion. But five days before he ventured out for his anniversary dinner, the president lamented what has happened to his nights out with his wife.

“I would say the one time during our stay here in the White House so far that has. . . .” He paused so long in choosing his words that Michelle Obama, sitting alongside him, prompted him. “Has what?”

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  1. Robert Kane

    It's ridiculous how much pressure we have put on the president to be the ultimate politician. He is a regular guy with a wife and kids. Let him enjoy himself because honestly with his work, I can't see much fun times to look forward to.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:54 am |

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