Some moments deserve a monument. Some do not. This point is apparently lost on the owners of a Hyde Park shopping mall, which just installed a ton-and-a-half stone marker to commemorate the spot where Barack Obama first kissed his future wife, Michelle. The plaque, which features a picture of the couple dancing – Obama looks like he’s grimacing, and Michelle looks strangely pleased – states:
“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.”
-- President Barack Obama from an interview in O, The Oprah Magazine, Feb. 2007; Image Courtesy of BlackPast.org
On this site, President Barack Obama first kissed Michelle Obama.
It is a good thing that admirers of Bill Clinton did not attempt the same publicity stunt. We might have a three thousand pound boulder in the middle of the Oval Office to cover the rug stains.