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The Dorchester Commons Shopping Center, in the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park, has a new 3,000 pound granite plaque that commemorates where First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama had their first kiss back in 1989. I’m sure we all know the story by now. After taking Mrs Obama out on their first date to see the movie “Do The Right Thing”, the President then took her to Baskin-Robbins and it’s there where they shared their first kiss.
Inscribed on the plaque is a President Obama quote from a 2007 O Magazine interview:
“On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate.”
That Baskin-Robbins has since been turned into a Subway. However, there is a new Baskin-Robbins a few doors down.
While some may feel the plaque is over the top, some residents in the Chicago neighborhood think it’s cute and that it may even bring more tourism to the area. How do I know? I am one of those residents. While I am not a fan of large crowds of tourists that block sidewalks, make already limited parking impossible and can often be downright annoying (if you live in a major city and have to deal with suburban weekend day trippers, you know exactly what I’m talking about.) I am a fan and proud of Chicago’s Presidential Heritage.
As someone who takes out of town guests for a spin by President Ronald Reagan’s childhood home, also in Hyde Park, I enjoy letting my visitors know that my neighborhood is and was home to two Presidents – despite their political ideologies.
I’m also psyched about the possibility of the Obama Presidential Library in my neighborhood. While we may not have an Air Force One in our library, “The Beast” will be nice, but what the hell we’ll take an Air Force One too.
First Lady Michelle Obama is making history again. Mrs Obama will host the first ever Kids’ “State Dinner” Luncheon at the White house on Monday, August 20th. Back in May parents and children all over the country were invited to participate in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. For the challenge parents worked with their children to create healthy, original lunchtime recipes that were affordable, delicious and followed the nutritional guidelines of the USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov.
54 winners, ranging in ages 8-12, from all 50 states, 3 US territories and the District of Columbia, were chosen by a panel of judges from Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture. These organizations worked with the First Lady on this initiative.
The luncheon menu will feature a selection of healthy recipes from the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and a performance by Nickelodeon’s music sensation Big Time Rush. The Challenge was created in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which aims to help solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.
The event will also be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Click here to see a complete list of winners and recipes. A free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes will be available in late August at http://recipechallenge.epicurious.com, letsmove.gov, USDA.gov, and Ed.gov
Follow @LetsMove on Twitter for live updates and photos from the event and use the hashtag #KidsStateDinner.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas during a taping of The Tonight Show earlier today. The show airs tonight. Check your local listings for times.
FLOTUS & Ambassador Louis B Susman arrive at Buckingham Palace
FLOTUS with The Queen @ Buckingham Palace
More photos after the jump ...
First Lady Michelle Obama is headed to the Olympic Games in London! In a conference call this afternoon Mrs Obama described leading the Presidential Delegation at the games as “a dream come true.” FLOTUS was accompanied by some members from her delegation on the call as they discussed their upcoming visit to London. During the trip they will attend the Opening Ceremony, meet with U.S. athletes competing in the games and encourage children to be active in their daily lives.
Long time MOW readers know that I simply love it when FLOTUS goes abroad and it’s been a while since we have seen our First Lady on the international stage. Hopefully the weeMichelles will get to go too. However, one of the most exciting things about this trip is not the trip itself. It’s the Olympic Fun Day Meetups that are being organized around the country in communities where children are being encouraged to get out and play on Saturday, July 28th. According to the White House Press Office…
“Mrs. Obama also invited Americans to start or join Let’s Move! Olympic Fun Day Meetups on July 28th, the first day of competition in London. In cities and towns all across the country, friends, family and neighbors will come together to participate in Olympic-inspired games and activities to not just cheer on Team USA, but to live up to the example they set.”
Almost 200 Meetups have been organized and are online now. To RSVP to attend one in your community or to start one of your own click here.
The First Lady’s Schedule at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, courtesy of The White House Press Office …