The Obamas Talk About Their First Date

President Barack Obama also recalls a disastrous attempt to do Malia's hair.

Posted: 04/02/2012 11:29 AM EDT

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle (wearing a repeat black-and-white Tracy Reese fave) shared a meal with the winners of the 2012 President's Dinner Contest in March and talked about their personal lives, family stories and even what their first date was like.

"I took her to the Art Museum at the Art Institute," President Obama said. "I was trying to impress her, to show her I was a real culturally sensitive guy. And it worked! Just trying to give a tip for the young men out there."

In a 2009 interview on CNN, the first lady added that after the art museum, Obama took her to a showing of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and that she was sold on him by the end of that first date. The couple have now been married 19 years and counting.

At the dinner, President Obama also opened up about the hardest thing he's had to face.

"Sasha got meningitis when she was three months old and I still remember going to the hospital together and they had to give her a spinal tap. Your world narrows to this very small point, one thing you care about, you don't care about anything else."

But there were also plenty of laughs to be shared at the table, particularly when he shared a hilarious attempt to get daughter Malia ready for a dance recital.

"Having kids teaches you a bunch of stuff and gives you a great deal of respect for moms," the president said. "My favorite story is Malia, when she was four, she had a little dance thing. But Michelle was gone that weekend so I'm taking her to ballet and I get her in her little leotard and her little stuff. I did her hair, put it in a little bun. We get to the dance studio and one of the moms there, right away she comes up to Malia. She thinks she's out of earshot of me and she says, 'You want me to redo your hair?' And Malia, who's four, she says, 'Yes, please. This is a disaster.' She didn't want to hurt daddy's feelings."


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