Does Michelle Obama Love Barack Because Of Dick Van Dyke?

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Michelle Obama, appearing on The Daily Show last night, told John Stewart she gets nervous watching the presidential debates. “I’m fine with people calling me and saying he did a good job. And it’s like, ‘Good, I got to watch Dick Van Dyke.’” This isn’t the first time the Obamas big-upped the classic 50′s sitcom—Barack said it was her favorite sitcom in a Q&A with Entertainment Weekly in August. Most of the reaction was “what, haven’t they watched anything since M*A*S*H?” But if you contrast and compare the Democratic nominee and his wife with a certain tall comedian and his TV wife, you can see their fondness might be based on more than just slapstick and wit. Does Michelle have a thing for nerdy dudes in suits?

When you compare fan videos of the Obamas…

…and the Petries…

you have to wonder which came first for Michelle: the love for goofy, gangly Barack Obama…

…or the love for goofy, gangly Dick Van Dyke?

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