They are two of the most powerful people in the world, but that doesn’t stop them from taking time out for each other. And yes, we know the commercialism behind Valentine’s Day is nauseating, but every now and then, we see a couple – in this case POTUS Barack Obama and FLOTUS Michelle Obama – still so genuinely in love, that we can’t help but feel happy.
In honour of their last Valentine’s Day in the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama exchanged love messages to each other on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and it was beyond adorable.
Michelle called in to surprise her husband, who was making his first in-studio appearance on the show, with a hilariously sweet Valentine poem:
Roses are red, violets are blue,
you are the president and I am your boo.
The crowd – and the president – saw the funny side while Michelle continued, “I wrote that while I was doing 100 push-ups this morning. You know, it gets the creative juices flowing.” Yes we do. When she’s not rapping to encourage young women to attend college and generally being brilliant, it seems the First Lady is a mean poet.
As the President would be apart from his wife on the day itself, he decided to recite his message to his beloved in response. “Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot,” he said as he stood in front of a red curtain and amid bouquets of red roses and white lilies as (appropriate) Barry White-style music played in the background, according to The Guardian.
He started out be saying that he would give her her favourite things on Valentine’s Day:
“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 the following, which made us turn to mush: “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.”
The two have been married for 23 years and have two daughters, and when asked about the secret to their long-lasting union, he simply said: “You know, after about 15 years I finally figured out that she’s always right. So then surprisingly, we just stopped fighting after that.”
He definitely sounds like a keeper, Michelle.