Barack Obama Offers Valentine’s Day Advice To Guys: “Don’t Forget!”

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama, popular in blue states, had a decidedly red message 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.

And, no, the president did not forget his own obligation. At 2:39 p.m., he delivered a personal greeting on Twitter: “Hey, (at)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.

The restaurant offers “deceptively simply” modern American cooking according to its website. They also had a special Valentine’s Day menu, but it’s unclear whether the Obamas ordered from it.

(TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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