Make it Stop: Memorial Erected in Chicago at Location of Barack and Michelle Obama’s First Kiss

The funniest part of the story is that they think this will be a tourist attraction:

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Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit popping Dramamine:

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.”

As landscapers added the finishing touches, placing orange impatiens around the boulder placed in a flower bed near the entrance of the Dorchester Commons shopping center, curious residents trickled by to snap pictures.

The 3,000-pound granite boulder, commissioned by the owners of Dorchester Commons, was 2 1/2 years in the making, according to Jonelle Kearney, a spokeswoman for Mid-America Asset Management, which manages the shopping center. She said the idea came about after several queries from visitors.

“It’s a marker for the community, for posterity and tourism, too,” she said.

Chris Matthews has already begun his pilgrimage to the site.

I read a comment somewhere that asked, “is this North Korea?”

Worth noting: Baskin-Robbins, purported location of Barack & Michelle’s first date, is operated by Dunkin’ Brands, Inc, which is now owned by… Bain Capital. Heh.

Update: The location of the monument is being questioned:

(h/t Gateway Pundit)

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