How the Obamas Have Celebrated Valentine's Day

Looks like the president will be traveling this year.

— -- Saturday marks the second-to-last Valentine's Day that the Obamas will spend as the first couple, but a review of their past celebrations show that they tend to keep the holiday low-key.

From spending time with their daughters to indulging with a foodie-friendly night out, the Obamas haven't stuck to a particular routine.

Here's a review of the Obamas' presidential Valentine's Days past.


In addition, they went on a dinner date at D.C. restaurant Oyamel the week before Valentine's Day, according to The New York Daily News.

The timing of Valentine's Day always poses a bit of a problem for the Obamas' calendars because the holiday comes almost a month after Michelle Obama's birthday, when they normally do something special. That was more true than ever in 2014 when the first lady celebrated her 50th birthday with a celebrity-filled dance party at the White House.


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That was the case in 2013, when, The Washington Post reported, the couple went to Jose Andres' award-winning restaurant Minibar, which seats only 12 people and, at the time, cost $225 a head without wine. (The restaurant has since raised its price to $250 a head.)

President Obama was clear that he had no intentions of missing that meal as he joked about the holiday while in Georgia earlier in the day.

"I can’t imagine a more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day than with all of you, with all the press here,” Obama said teasingly to the traveling media. "Actually, Michelle says hello. She made me promise to get back in time for our date tonight. That’s important."

"I've already got a gift, got the flowers," he said. "I was telling folks: The flowers are a little easier, though, because I got this rose garden. A lot of people, you know, keeping flowers around."

He was sure to send out a throwback picture of the couple on Twitter.


Michelle Obama has made healthy eating with a hearty serving of vegetables among the priorities of her "Let's Move" campaign, so it came as little surprise when the couple dined at Vermillion in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2012.

The contemporary American restaurant bases its regularly-changing menus on local and seasonal foods, and Politico reported at the time that it indulged the Obamas with venison au poivre for her and rib-eye steak for him.

"That kind of exposure has helped drive business, without a doubt," Vermillion's general manager David Hammond told The Associated Press. "A lot of our regular diners have been congratulatory. There's a real positive buzz."


There was only one year during Obama's two terms where it was unclear what the couple did to celebrate Valentine's Day, and that was 2011.

Even though they were not forthcoming with their plans that year, Michelle Obama was happy to talk about what she wanted to receive.

"Jewelry always," the first lady said during an interview on "Live! With Regis and Kelly." "You can't go wrong."



For their first Valentine's Day after begin sworn in to office, the Obamas decided to ditch D.C. and go back to their hometown of Chicago.

The menu focused on Southern cuisine, serving staples like grits with sausage and catfish jambalaya.

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