America's first couple had a pretty regular first date. Lunch, a movie and a kiss made up Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson's first romantic tête-à-tête, from which grew what many consider a strong and supportive partnership.
Filmmaker Richard Tanne with his movie Southside With You, which recreates the couple's first time out together, wants audience to get a glimpse into the romantic side of the US president.
It was 1989 when a young Michelle (25), who was working as an attorney at a Chicago law firm, was assigned to advice 27-year-old Harvard law student Obama, who had been brought on as a summer associate. After a number of attempts from the future POTUS, Robinson finally agreed to a date with Obama, who she remembers as being "hip, cutting-edge, cultural, sensitive, and patient".
The two visited the Art Institute of Chicago, had lunch and watched a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. They then strolled around the city before ending the date with a kiss. In an interview, Obama recollected: "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."
Tanne's film, starring Tika Sumpter (Robinson) and Parker Sawyers (Obama), is not an exact representation of the date. However, it does showcase the power dynamics between the two.
Southside With You will debut at the Sundance Film Festival on 24 January. But will the first couple want to watch a re-creation of their date?
"I've heard from pretty reliable second-hand sources that they are aware of the movie, that they are curious to see it, and also, I think, rightfully baffled that it exists," Tanne told Yahoo.