President Barack Obama, who is spending another Valentine’s Day apart from his wife, Michelle, did the next best thing short of celebrating the lovers’ holiday with her.
On Friday’s broadcast of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the president recited a love poem he says he had planned to deliver to the first lady in person.
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“Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot,” said Obama as he stood in front of a red curtain and amid bouquets of red roses and white lilies as Barry White-style music played in the background.
“Michelle, this Valentine’s Day I’m going to treat you right. I’m going to make you some zucchini bread. Then I’ll spread out some veggies on a plate just the way you like them,” he said. “Then I’ll give you a massage while you watch ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’ on HGTV. Because I love you so much, I Obamacare about you more than you even know.”
Turning serious, Obama said, “Michelle, I’ve made a lot of great decisions as president. The best decision I ever made was choosing you. Thanks for putting up with me. I love you.” Obama taped the appearance on Thursday.
Mrs. Obama surprised her husband earlier in the broadcast by popping up on tape to recite her own poem. Sunday is their final Valentine’s Day as president and first lady.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, you are the president and I am your boo,” she said, joking about writing the ode while doing 100 pushups to help get her “creative juices” flowing.