First Couple

Obamas Seen as Role Models for Love

Barack and Michelle Obama aren't just trendsetters in politics andstyle: experts say they "represent a welcome change as an openlyaffectionate and romantic couple for many Americans." Intentionally ornot, the new First Couple will have the White House bully pulpit toset an example. "With such a high percentage of black peopleunmarried, everyone is looking for images of black love," said MichaelPerry, a librarian at Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in BlackCulture. "[The Obamas] personify that. It makes people say, 'Wow, wewant to be like them.'"