The Obamas Watched Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing on Their First Date


In honor of the 25th anniversary of Spiky Lee’s iconic Do the Right Thing, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted a screening, reception, and Q&A with the director. Before the screening, however, Lee announced that there was a surprise in store for everyone—a video message from the POTUS and FLOTUS.

Via Hollywood Reporter:

First Lady: “Do the Right Thing was actually the first movie we saw together, on our first official date.”
President: “We had eaten lunch at the Art Institute of Chicago, gone for a little walk and then I took her to this new movie everybody was talking about, directed by a guy that not that many people had heard of, but it was supposed to be pretty good.”
First Lady: “He was trying to show me his sophisticated side by selecting an independent filmmaker, and it ended up being a pretty good movie — really great!”
President: “So Spike, thank you for helping me impress Michelle, and thank you for telling a powerful story. Today, I’ve got a few more grey hairs than I did back in 1989. You don’t look like Mookie anymore. But 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.”
First Lady: “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. So congratulations, Spike! And we hope you all have a great time!”

(h/t Vulture)

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