Michelle & Barack Obama Saw ‘Do The Right Thing’ On Their First Date
Today (June 30) marks the 25th anniversary of the Spike Lee joint Do The Right Thing (it hit theatres in 1989). The veteran filmmaker commemorated the flick by throwing a block party in the heart of Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where most of the film took place.
To help with the festivities, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle made a guest appearance on the big screen and revealed that they went to see DTRT on their first date. Michelle dished that Barack took her to see the independent project in an attempt to appear more cultured and “sophisticated.”
“So Spike, thank you for helping me impress Michelle, and thank you for telling a powerful story,” said Obama, who added that the film still delivers a powerful message. “Do the Right Thing still holds up a mirror to our society, and it makes us laugh, and think and challenges all of us to see ourselves in one another.”
Michelle added, “It’s really a testament to your vision and to everyone who helped you make this movie possible, including the great Ruby Dee, who we will remember always.”
Lee’s block party also hosted an impressive line-up of performances and appearances from the likes of Yasiin Bey, Public Enemy (who performed the unofficial theme song of the movie “Fight The Power”), Erykah Badu and Dave Chappelle. Watch the Obamas reminisce above.