A new movie is in the works chronicling that historic summer afternoon in 1989 when Barry and Michelle went out on their very first date.
According to Deadline.com, “Southside With You” depicts “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.”
Ah yes, who can forget the summer of ’89, when history brought together the Houses of Obama and Robinson. An epic moment, indeed.
An Actress, Tika Sumpter, has already been cast to play Michelle. That’s her, just above. Nice.
I’ve actually obtained a little of the dialogue:
“Uh, you wanna split this?”
“No, it’s okay, I got it.”
The search is still on for someone to impersonate her strapping young suitor, the young leftist, Barack Obama.
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 . . .
“I took her to this new movie that everybody was talking about, directed by a guy that not that many people had heard of, but it was supposed to be pretty good,” Obama recalled during the film’s 25th anniversary celebration this summer. The site of the Obamas’ first kiss – curbside, outside a Baskin-Robbins in Chicago’s Hyde Park – was commemorated with a city plaque in 2012.
I’m a little surprised no one thought of putting together this worshipful outtake from the Obamas’ lives before Reelection Day 2012.
Honestly, I hope they don’t throw too much money at this. I can’t imagine the American people at this point are as enthralled with the minutiae of Obamaworld as Hollywood is.