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June 8th, 2009
09:34 AM ET

Presidential Date Night in Paris

So, they’re at it again! The City of Light has now become the City of Presidential Date Night.

"I would love nothing more than to have a leisurely week in Paris, stroll down the Seine, take my wife out to a nice meal, have a picnic in Luxembourg Gardens. Those days are over, for the moment," President Obama said while speaking with the French President Nicholas Sarokzy.

Despite the security detail and the crowds wrapped around the block to catch a glimpse, the president was able to take his wife out to dinner at La Fontaine de Mars, a restaurant that specializes in rustic French dishes. After dinner, they took a ride along the Left Bank of the Seine.

This is not the first “date night.” The Obamas recently flew to New York City for a Broadway show and dinner. They dined at Citronelle in WashingtonD.C. last month and went to their favorite restaurant in Chicago for Valentines Day.

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  1. Walter Marr

    I think it is wonderful that our President has his priorities and sticks to them. The First Lady is his best friend and biggest fan. Relationships need time too. I think it says volumes about our great president.

    June 8, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  2. Roger Heisen

    Is not only Brazil which laugh at the international law and American requests its basically every single country taking advantage on what they perceive soft and over emotional American people.
    We are being robed funds on an order we shipped to Peru and despite that US and Peru has signed a commercial agreement they do not want to pay because they know that we are on our own..
    The US foreign policy of the US is weak and the local representatives are more interested in improving the relationship than enforcing the agreements.

    June 8, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  3. Robert Williams

    This is spectacular, what a guy! He has the time to visit Buchenwald and show respect to our soldiers and the victims of the holocaust, speak about peace in the middle east in Cairo, inspire a nation to restructure healthcare and the economy, and go out to fancy restaurants with his wife. What a champion! I've definitely found a role model.

    June 8, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  4. McPablo

    I think our President is also a good husband. He knows his priorities with regard to his job and his responsibility as good husband. His tough job as leader of the free world should not stop him to take his lovely wife out for meal or date. Every couple need a lovely meal out. Give them a break to enjoy life!

    June 8, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  5. Mike C

    You know when I hear "leader of the FREE world", it send shivers of ignorance. There is no leader of the FREE world. Think about it for a second!

    June 8, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  6. Simon Brittan

    Is this really newsworthy?

    June 8, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  7. Sandra Alboum

    I'm all for date nights. If the President can make time to spend time with his spouse, then I certainly can!

    June 8, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  8. adam

    I think it is awfully romantic that these two still make time for each other and to have a "normal" marriage despite being (quite possibly) the most watched couple in the nation. I applaud the Obamas!

    June 8, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  9. SpringWolf

    The Obama's are young, in love and maintaining a strong family in the face of mounting stress and responsibilities. Why shouldn't they be able to take a few hours from their schedules and have a date to relax?

    Come on people there are a lot more important things to worry about than a presidential date night and Michele's bare arms.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  10. JAY SILK

    I think this is wonderful. Family man, loving husband. To those who are fretting about the cost, look at what the "war of choice" cost and is costing us. You haven't seen anything yet. I say go for it and many more "date nights" for you.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  11. joe candidori

    listen this guy has taken on a challenge to straighten out the world.give him a break and let him eat dinner with his wife,they are earning a good meal.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  12. Al

    Hundreds of american couples could watch and learn from the first couple. I for one am fine with putting out a little cash for a man and his family that is doing a job I wouldn"t wish on anybody.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  13. Tom Isabel

    I think it is great that the President can still maintain an assemblance of a private life for his wife and family. It is good to see that he is also human and needs some personal time away from the strenuos job of being the President. I also feel that this is good for mending the relationships with the people of the U.S. and other countries, that was so badly mutilated in the previous administration.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  14. Marlene

    Well deserved. The President needs down time to unwind, with all of the issues he has to manage .He took care of business, did it well, and still took time out of his official duties to experience a llittle bit of this wonderful city with his family, as well as make important visits to Buchenwald, a hospital; and to the D-Day ceremony which reminds folks of how the US has been such a great allie to Europe,. I wish he had time to do more sight-seeing in Paris since he has done so much during his first 5 months in office. America elected the right man for the job.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  15. Michael

    The a good husband to his wife and a good father to his kids.Taking your wife out on a date keep your marriage fun.I have so much respect for Pres.Obama.

    June 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  16. Victoria Steinert

    "Kudos" to the President for paying such loving attention to his wife and making time to go on a "date night " in N.Y.C. & Paris recently!!
    He is an inspiration to all men!! You only have to see them together to see how affectionate and close the two of them are!! P.S. Such a loving Father who takes the time to be near his children every day....Was not that the cutest idea to put the swing set outside the Oval Office so he can watch the children play while he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. May God watch over him also!!!

    June 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  17. RJ

    well its all cute in all that we have our first black president and he now has the opportunity to see the world I might add on tax payers dollars! While the country spirals down into abyss hes galavanting around europe! Bigger question for me he has now announced 600,000 new jobs this summer! Well Mr. President what happened to the 5 million that the Recovery and Reinvestment Act was supposed to bring American citizens? I`ll tell you thoise jobs went to legal documented workers and just plain illegal workers from Mexico! At this point even though I voted for Obama, he ought to be ashamed of himself for selling the American people a load of crap! These highway jobs are NOT jobs Americans wont do, they just wont do them as cheap as illegals will!

    June 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  18. Tosin

    im very happy for his visit and for the time he has for his wife despite the work load. i so pride of him. and i wish other government especially in african country could see to that and practice the same.


    June 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  19. Pat

    President Obama is an amazing, hardworking ambassador, reaching out to people around the world. He is informed, respectful, accessible.

    In some countries, students, workers took the day off to gather around TVs in shops, and to listen to the American President speak to their country. Many expressed appreciation that he came and that he spoke with respect.

    The hate against the United States that has been building for years, is dangerous for the world at large as well as for our country. Hate is never good, nover productive.

    Working to try to build bridges of mutual understanding, President Obama meet with leaders from different cultures, different countries. . They talked about complicated issues and exchange ideas., They may not agree on beliefs, but , they still can work together on common goals, and hopefully make steps towarrds achieving health, peace and progress for all.

    t is cheaper to build bridges of understanding towards peace and progress than to pay for wars for lives and resources.

    With all the serious problems in our country and the world, let's expend our energy helping our President and take a break nitpicking and political hacking..

    And, for gosh sakes, it's healthy for the President and his family to have days off, to see other cities.

    June 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  20. warren

    what a waste of tax payers money

    June 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. linda

    While I like many things about Obama I am appalled by all the wasteful spending. I realize these expenses are a "drop in the bucket," but they do all add up. What bothers me the most is that about three weeks ago he lectured the American citizens about "living within your means." For their last "date weekend," they took two separate airplanes to Europe. I believe they only pay for an average first class plane fare. Can you imagine the cost just for this one-time trip? What about the date night to New York about a week ago. . .how much did it cost them and how much did it cost the taxpayers? I'm sure the taxpayers lost many times over for that date, too. They have a lovely, lovely home in which to reside for the next 3 1/2 years, a cook, maid, etc., etc. I would LOVE to have a comparison of all the expenses since he took office and the last two. . .Bush and Clinton. . . I think he is on the verge of being very arrogant and should attempt to be more respectful of the taxpayers' money, especially in times like these.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  22. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The reality is that the country expects to have the president under complete control. How could that be healthy? Certainly the President has many amenities that citizens do not have. This is not going to be the first “date night.” The Obama’s are a young couple with children. The reality is that Obama has no succeeded on his administration and all of these does sound as wasteful spending. It really makes you think about that lecture of the American citizens about “living within your means.” They also have to be mindful about “two separate airplanes to Europe. I believe they only pay for an average first class plane fare. Can you imagine the cost just for this one-time trip? How much did it cost them and how much did it cost the taxpayers? I’m sure the taxpayers lost many times over for that date, too. They have a lovely, lovely home in which to reside for the next 3 1/2 years, a cook, maid, etc., etc. I would LOVE to have a comparison of all the expenses since he took office and the last two administrations . . . Bush and Clinton. . . I think he is on the verge of being very arrogant and should attempt to be more respectful of the taxpayers’ money, especially in times like these.

    June 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  23. Weave

    What a waste of taxpayers money, what harm it does to the environment flying around in air force 1 just to have a bite to eat. How sad, hopefully people will wake up and get a grip on what this dude is doing to the country.

    June 9, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  24. MomDawg

    I just love the way he spends tax payers money to go to Paris when there are children who will never see Disney Land or Disney World. Just love the way he gives our money away like it's candy.
    Schools could have used that money on teachers pay or supplies.
    Have you any idea what it costs to fly their staff of 300 and their vehicles to places all over the world??

    June 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  25. Anna

    Enough of date nights! I marveled at the movie stars that became pollticians – now I think we hae a politician that aspires to become a movie star.

    June 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm |

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