The Obamas Get Quippy With Each Other

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President Obama and the first lady love to tease each other in public. Sometimes the digs seem a little pointed.

Anyone who's ever attended a dinner party knows it's one of the quirks of coupledom that its members will say things about each other in public they wouldn't in private.

On Cinco de Mayo, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held a celebration of the Mexican holiday at the White House and proved that to be true even of the first couple.

"You do not want to be between Michelle and a tamale," the leader of the free world quipped about his wife, discussing her love of Mexican food.

As the audience laughed and hooted, the first lady smiled, wrinkled her nose and shot her husband a theatrically questioning look.

"It is true. It's true. But, she's moving, though, so she can afford to have as many tamales as she wants," he backtracked. She shimmied off the dig with a little dance.

The Obamas have been teasing each other in public like this since he was campaigning for the Democratic nomination in 2007.

Below, some of the more memorable examples:


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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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