Earlier this month, four lucky contestants who had entered a President’s Dinner contest won the chance to sit down with Barack Obama and the First Lady for dinner. During the course of the dinner all four couples,were given the opportunity to ask the President and First Lady questions and the two shared stories on their kids, marriage, etc. The POTUS was very candid as he shared a few personal stories including how he tried to impress Michelle on their first date and the time he tried to braid his youngest daughter’s hair before her ballet rehearsal.
The guest were also given the opportunity to share stories of their own. One winner in particular almost reduced the President to tears when he explained how the health care legislation had helped his son get brain surgery.
Check out excerpts and video from the dinner below:
President Obama on his first date with Michelle
Our first date, I took her to the art museum, or the art institute, so I was trying to impress her and show her I was a real culturally sensitive guy. And it worked. So I’m giving tips to the young men out there…
Michelle on what she enjoys the most about being the First Lady
It’Ps the power of the big bright light that you have on things that are important and really being able to make a difference.
President Obama on braiding Malia’s hair before taking her to dance practice
My favorite story out of this is Malia, when she was 4, she had a little dance thing. Well, 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 mothers there right away comes up to Malia – she thinks she’s out of earshot of me and she says, ‘Sweetie, do you want me to redo your hair?’ And Malia who she’s 4 says, ‘Yes please, this is a disaster’ you know, she didn’t want to hurt daddy’s feelings.