5 Things You Didn't Know About The Obamas

On October 3, 1992, Barack Obama married Michelle Robinson at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Here are 5 things you probably never knew about the Obamas....


Both Attended Harvard Law School Michelle Robinson attended Princeton, graduating in 1985 with a BA in sociology and went on to Harvard Law School, where she graduated in 1988. Barack Obama attended Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years and transferred to Columbia University in New York, where he majored in political science and English literature. He arrived at Harvard to attend law school in the fall of 1988. He apparently just missed meeting his future wife at Harvard but made up for it when he was a summer intern at the law firm where she was working in Chicago.

Their First Date Was At A Spike Lee Movie The president and the first lady had their first date at the movies. The 27- and 25-year-old spent several hours together, visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and catching a screening of Do the Right Thing, the new Spike Lee movie about racial unrest in sweltering Brooklyn. Michelle said, "He was trying to show me his sophisticated side by selecting an independent filmmaker." "So Spike, thank you for helping me impress Michelle," Obama joked. "And thank you for telling a powerful story. Today, I've got a few more grey hairs than I did back in 1989. You don't look like Mookie anymore. But 'Do the Right Thing' still holds up a mirror to our society, and it makes us laugh, and think and challenges all of us to see ourselves in one another.”


Barack‚Äôs Marriage Proposal Was Unique Michelle said she and Barack had gone out to dinner to celebrate his successfully passing his bar exam. They started talking about marriage, and Barack said he didn’t see any point in getting married. However, when dessert was served with a lid on it, she found a small box with an engagement ring inside.

The Obamas Had a Road Trip Honeymoon For their honeymoon after their marriage on October 3, 1992, the newlyweds took a road trip up the California coast from Big Sur to the Napa Valley and on to San Francisco. They had married in Chicago at the Trinity United Church of Christ with Michelle’s brother walking her down the aisle and Barack’s brother serving as the best man. Although Michelle wanted to recreate the trip for their 20th wedding anniversary, the election was too close, and they celebrated by eating out instead.

Barack Was Rejected as a Male Model Barack Obama applied as a model for a calendar at Harvard that a classmate was making that featured male African-American law students. There were around 90 African-American students enrolled as law students that year, so the competition was fierce. Nevertheless, the judging committee rejected Obama as one of the models.