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Obama dishes out Valentine's Day advice

2012-02-15 10:00

Washington - President Barack Obama had a special message for American men on Tuesday: "Let me start with a quick public service announcement for all the gentlemen out there. Today is Valentine's Day."

"Do not forget!" he warned, suggesting that he himself could have used a reminder at some point in his relationship with his wife of 19 years, Michelle. "I speak from experience here."

"It is important that you remember this," he continued in a preface to remarks about the benefits of a payroll tax cut. "And go big - that's my advice."

It was the kind of counsel that might be slightly off message for a president trying to portray himself as fiscally prudent.

But on Valentine's Day men are wise to put cost aside.

Dinner date


And, no, the president did not forget his own obligation. At 14:39 (local time), he delivered a personal greeting on Twitter: "Hey, @MichelleObama: Happy Valentine's Day. -bo"

No word on how big he went.

But he did have plans.

"I'm going to take my wife out to dinner," he told Atlanta television station WAGA on Tuesday. "And I would advise anyone watching to make sure they don't miss out on this."

The Obamas later went to Vermilion, a restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia, a Washington suburb.