What Michelle Obama Thought When She First Met Barack

Michelle Obama's relationship with her husband, former president Barack Obama, is one for the ages. The couple is about as cute as you can get, and it seems like they're a match made in heaven. Believe it or not, though, things between the Obamas got off to a bit of a rocky start. 

Sparks were definitely flying the first time Michelle and Barack met, but Michelle repeatedly turned down Barack's requests for a date. They were both working at Sidley & Austin, a corporate law firm in Chicago, at the time. It was the summer of 1989 and Michelle, a 25-year-old first year associate at the firm, was assigned as Barack's mentor. Barack was in his first year of law school.

Michelle thought Barack was handsome, but wasn't quickly won over by the then-27-year-old, telling the Hyde Park Herald (via the The Washington Post), "He had no money; he was really broke. He wasn't ever going to try to impress me with things. His wardrobe was kind of cruddy... His first car had so much rust that there was a rusted hole in the passenger door. You could see the ground when you were driving. He loved that car. It would shake ferociously when it would start up. I thought, 'This brother is not interested in ever making a dime.'"

There was also the fact that Barack was Michelle's subordinate, another thing that held Michelle back from saying yes to a date. Barack didn't give up, though. He told Oprah that he was "struck by how tall and beautiful [Michelle] was," and that working with Michelle was "the luckiest break of my life."

Michelle finally agreed to go out with Barack after he offered to quit his job, and the rest is history. "On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb," said Barack. "I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate."