Even as I type I find that I cannot relax my face enough to wipe off the disgusted and disbelieving scowl. Chicago is bankrupt. It has no money- as in completely broke. The entire country is in a state of economic collapse. Unemployment is soaring. Small businesses are being crippled. Gas prices are going up. Record numbers of people are on the government dole. I could go on and on… But evidently Chicago found a piggy bank with enough money to erect an
altar …er, memorial to mark the place that the Obama’s shared their first kiss??
She was an attorney at a big Chicago law firm. He was a Harvard Law student who landed a job there as a summer associate. He was immediately smitten. She wasn’t so sure. But he won her over, and the couple sealed their budding romance with a kiss at the Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop in Hyde Park.
So goes the story of how Michelle and Barack Obama fell in love in 1989. And on Wednesday, a historical marker went up at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and 53rd Street noting the exact location where the couple had their first smooch.
A quote from President Obama, taken from an interview published in “O, The Oprah Magazine” in February 2007, is inscribed beneath an embedded photo of the couple.
“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.”
Gag me! Someone needs to fire the person who decided that this was so historically significant that it deserved a memorial via taxpayer dollars. This is what you get when a generation blinded with razzle-dazzle votes in a celebrity president.