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Obama date night: Just me, my honey and hundreds of onlookers

This guy and his wife went out to dinner in Georgetown over the weekend, a date-night experience that included one of the city's poshest, trendiest restaurants (details to come).

Then they came home and strolled around their backyard, just another twosome enjoying each other's company in their first date night since moving into the Big White House.

But Barack and Michelle Obama are no ordinary couple. In fact, some people call them the First Couple. And they're also off-the-charts popular.

So maybe local residents could be forgiven for gathering outside a high-end French restaurant run by chef Michel Richard (Citronelle), which created a special menu for the Obamas. They stood for two hours, behind police tape. We're talking hundreds of people.

Most were orderly. Most seemed only to want to wave at the Obamas as they left the restaurant.

But one woman, according to the White House press pool report,  paced up and down shouting into a bullhorn phrases such as, "This is so great that you are here” and “Create fear and terror.”

No wonder they wanted to go home and take a stroll.

-- Johanna Neuman

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The Obamas make me sick with their pretended love for each other. Thats too much honey to be true. They probably fight like cats and dogs behind closed doors.

First Date Night since being in the White House?? Ahem, So what exactly was that little taxpayer funded Jaunt the first couple took to Chicago on St. Valentine's Day???

The sycophancy of the press corps is just stunning in its depth.

President Obama is setting a high standard for all the other men in America on how to treat their women. :)

It's so special to see such a loving family in the White House.

Who cares about the Obama date night?

This is almost as bad as the press speculating on whether or not the first couple consummated their love in the White House on Inauguration Night.

Truly honored to have voted for this family man. Too bad there is so much disdain for such a thing nowadays.

Barack Obama stands more for family values than the conservative alternative. It was definitely a hilarious moment, when the GOP, which stands for traditional family values, touted as their candidates a guy who has been divorced (McCain) and a woman (Palin) who's daughter got knocked up before marriage. And the fact that her daughter now promotes abstinence is even funnier, when she is the prime example of the failure of abstinence-only education.

What leader has the time to run a power house office, the most powerful country in the world, attempt to manage all he has undertaken and then have the time to travel and party like this president? No leader can. That is why I say he is not running the country. He is the front man for the handlers who put him in office.
Date night? who cares what he and his wife do? They can't stay out of the limelight. They are narcissistic and love all the perks of their present situation. They should get a room. I'm tired of their PDAs.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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