February 15th, 2012
08:25 AM ET
(CNN) - Hours after President Obama advised men everywhere to “go big” this Valentine's Day, he himself treated the first lady to a dinner out Tuesday evening at a top-notch Washington-area restaurant.
The restaurant of choice was Vermilion, an Alexandria, VA establishment that has consistently ranked among the capital’s best. It no doubt offers a menu suited for a president (and a presidential salary), featuring such dishes as Garlic Crusted Fluke and Slow Braised Grass-fed lamb.
The first couple departed to the unannounced locale around 7:00 p.m. last night, arriving back about two yours later. Earlier in the day, the president hinted he had something special planned.
"I've gotta take my wife out to dinner. And I would advise anybody watching to make sure they don't miss out on this,” the president said during an interview with Atlanta-based Fox 5.
The special day also resulted in a rare presidential appearance on Twitter:
"Hey, @MichelleObama: Happy Valentine's Day,” the president tweeted himself yesterday, according to his campaign.