Spike Lee‘s groundbreaking and iconic film Do the Right Thing came out 25 years ago June 30. On Friday night, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted a screening and Q&A with Lee, Public Enemy rapper Chuck D (who wrote the film’s theme, “Fight the Power”) and actors from the film.
Before the film started, though, Lee mentioned that there was a surprise for the audience, and cued up a clip of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, reminiscing about their first date, 25 years ago, during which they went to see Do the Right Thing.
“We had eaten lunch at the Art Institute of Chicago, gone for a little walk and then I took her to this new movie everybody was talking about, directed by a guy that not that many people had heard of,” the President said.
“He was trying to show me his sophisticated side by selecting an independent filmmaker,” Michelle added.
“So Spike, thank you for helping me impress Michelle, and thank you for telling a powerful story,” Obama concluded. “Today, I’ve got a few more grey hairs than I did back in 1989. You don’t look like Mookie anymore. But Do the Right Thing still holds up a mirror to our society, and it makes us laugh, and think and challenges all of us to see ourselves in one another.”