America Jealous of Date Night

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2009 1:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – Barack and Michelle Obama’s night in New York has “prompted many wives to glare across the breakfast table,” writes Jan Hoffman in the New York Times, “trying to remember the last time their husbands made a fuss over them.” After 16 years together, the Obamas still seem into each other, seeming proof that the modern fantasy of the passionate marriage is still alive.

“How do you compete with that?” Jon Stewart joked on the Daily Show. “Take it down a notch, dude!” “I’d have a lot more pizazz left for my husband, too,” opined one writer, “if we moved into the White House and my mother was on hand to baby-sit 24-7.” But some find Obama’s devotion amidst his busy schedule inspiring. “Musharraf or Michelle?” said Joy Behar of The View, “That’s a tougher thing for him than the average Joe.”

President Barack Obama and his wife first lady Michelle Obama walk together on the South Lawn of the White House as they return from a date in New York City, May 31, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Barack and Michelle Obama depart John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early Sunday, May 31, 2009 after a Saturday night in Manhattan for a private dinner and a Broadway play.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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As a society, we want to think a husband might still have his hand on his wife’s knee under the table after 15 years of marriage. - Dr. Whelan, author of Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.

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