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Obamas' First Kiss Marked With Plaque At Former Ice Cream Shop In Hyde Park

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President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama during a campaign stop at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama during a campaign stop at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

A lot of things have changed since Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama shared their first kiss outside a Hyde Park Baskin-Robbins. The new couple is now the First Couple, that ice cream shop is now a Subway, and the pair have shared many smooches since, all over the world.

But in Chicago, where the Obamas have become hometown heroes, that modest landmark carries significance. After over two years of preparations, a plaque commemorating that kiss has been erected at Dorchester Commons shopping center, NBC Chicago reports.

Inscribed below a photo of the young couple is a quote from the President borrowed from a February 2007 feature in O, The Oprah Magazine:

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.

Area residents say they hope the plaque, embedded in a granite boulder, will help attract tourists to the area, according to CBS Chicago.

In a video describing their first date (above) Obama urges other men to "take tips" from his efforts to woo Michelle.

But 15-year-old Justen Jackson, a ninth-grader at Hyde Park Academy, told the Chicago Tribune that things have changed since 1989, and a trip to an ice cream shop wouldn't win over a girl these days.

"It's nice, but I wouldn't bring anyone here on a first date," Jackson told the newspaper. "They're going to want to go somewhere better than Subway or Baskin-Robbins."

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