- - Thursday, August 16, 2012

CHICAGO — Barack Obama first kissed the woman who would become his wife outside a Chicago ice cream shop — and now there’s a plaque to prove it.

The managers of a shopping center in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood installed the 3,000-pound granite marker this week with a plaque reading, “On this site President Barack Obama first kissed Michelle Obama.”

The plaque includes a picture of the first couple and a quote taken from an interview the president gave to O magazine describing their first date.

“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,” the plaque reads.

The sweet smooch happened in 1989 when the president treated the first lady to ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins, which is now a Subway restaurant. The boulder sits in a flower bed next to the shopping center.

“It’s a marker for the community, for posterity and tourism, too,” said Jonelle Kearney, a spokeswoman for Mid-America Asset Management, which manages the shopping center.

The Obamas will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in October. They have a home in the city’s Kenwood neighborhood, not far from the shopping center.

SENATE

Reid to Romney: Show us the tax returns

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t taking Mitt Romney’s word on whether the Republican presidential candidate paid income taxes.

In a statement Thursday, Mr. Reid’s spokesman, Adam Jentleson, says that until Mr. Romney releases his tax returns for several years, people will continue to wonder what he’s hiding. The statement said Mr. Romney will be believed when he shows Americans his tax returns.

The Reid statement also insisted that Mr. Romney do what his father did — release his tax returns.

The statement came shortly after Mr. Romney told reporters he’s never paid less than 13 percent of his income in taxes during the past decade.

Mr. Reid has claimed that Mr. Romney has paid no taxes for some years. Mr. Romney has said that was “totally false.”

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