Southside With You, Movie Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s First Date, Begins Filming

This date, which ended with a goodnight kiss, serves as the inspiration forSouthside With You, a romantic dramedy starring Parker Sawyers (as Barack) and Tika Sumpter (as Michelle). On Tuesday in the Windy City, the pair got in character to shoot a scene in Hyde Park, giving fans a first glimpse of how the Obamas will appear onscreen!

So what can fans expect from this movie? Well, Barack and Michelle’s real-life first date was pretty darn cute. Back then Barack, a Harvard law student, took a summer job at Sidley & Austin, and Michelle was assigned to be his adviser. 

“I asked her out. She refused,” the future president would later recall to O, The Oprah Magazine. “She kept refusing.”

Michelle said that because she was Barack’s adviser, it was “not appropriate.” According to Barack, it was only when he “offered to quit my job ” that “at last she relented.”

So what’s a guy to do when the girl finally says yes?! Barack “treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer,” he told O, The Oprah Magazine. After they’d enjoyed their desserts, Barack got in a kiss, “and it tasted like chocolate,” he said. (Adorably enough, there’s an historical plaque commemorating this smooch at the exact corner where it took place!)

Before this grand finale, though, Barack and Michelle paid a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. “He showed his cultural side,” Michelle recalled in a 2012 campaign video.

“We had lunch at the Art Institute—there’s a little courtyard with a fountain,” added Barack. “And then we walked…and then we went to see [Spike Lee‘s] Do The Right Thing.”

“He showed all the sides [of himself],” said Michelle with a smile. “He was hip, cutting-edge, cultural, sensitive—the fountain, nice touchthe walk, patient…”

Barack succeeded in wooing Michelle, and he still seems pretty proud of that! After recounting their first date to camera, Barack even says with a smile, “Take tips, gentlemen!”

Perhaps Parker Sawyers, the actor playing Barack on the big screen, should get some courtship tips from the prez before Southside With You filming is finished!


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