12/31/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obamas: 'Most Engaging Lovebirds In White House History'?

In keeping with a time-honored tradition, Barack and Michelle Obama cast their presidential ballots together on Election Day. They stood in side-by-side booths looking every bit the poised, professional power couple.

Then Michelle Obama went off script.

Flanked by their two daughters, she reached over and gently touched her husband's arm. For the briefest of moments, she abandoned her role as would-be first lady, with all its practiced gestures, and marked the occasion as a wife.

Over the last two years the future first couple has made a practice of sharing such small, intimate moments on the grandest of stages, whether trading fist bumps, whispering "I love you" or stealing quick kisses on the campaign trail.

The Obamas' unabashed affection for each other suggests they could become the one of the most engaging sets of lovebirds in White House history. Though the home has known many deeply committed couples (as well as some infamously uncommitted), few were as young, attractive or willing to put their passion on public display.

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