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Michelle Obama is one lucky first lady.
The president revealed on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Friday how he plans to spoil her this Valentine's Day, and most of his ideas seem to align with his health-conscious wife's idea of a special day.
"I’m going to make you some zucchini bread, then I’m going to spread out some veggies on a plate just the way you like them," Obama said from DeGeneres' California set.
"Somebody call the situation room because things are about to get hot," he said, flanked by roses and a boom box playing a Barry White tune.
"I Obamacare about you more then you even know," Obama said, garnering laughter and applause from the audience. "That’s right — Obama cares."
The message was in response to a video of the first lady reciting a poem for Obama, which DeGeneres surprised the president with during the taping.
"Roses are red, violets are blue. You are the president and I am your boo," Michelle Obama said in the video, before dropping a not-so-subtle hint for her husband to bring back some chocolates from California.
Obama's appearance on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" was taped Thursday while he was in California for fundraising events.
During a more serious part of the wide-ranging interview with DeGeneres, Obama told the daytime talk show host that he appreciated the opportunity to get out of Washington, D.C., because the nation's capital can get "depressing."
He also touched on the challenges of his tenure as president, what it will be like to send his oldest daughter off to college and told DeGeneres that one of his "proudest" legacies will be the headway his administration has made for gay rights.
"It’s one of the things I’m proudest of because my whole political career has been based on the idea that we constantly want to include people and not exclude them," Obama said.
But he didn't take full credit for the progress.
"As much as we’ve done with laws and ending don’t ask don’t tell et cetera, in changing hearts and minds, I don’t think anyone’s been more influential than you on that," Obama told DeGeneres, who revealed in 1997 that she is a lesbian.
"The laws followed, but it started with folks like you," Obama added. "I’m so proud of you."
DeGeneres, keeping with the Valentine's Day theme, asked the president what he and Michelle disagree on and how they make their marriage work after getting hitched in 1992.
"After about 15 years, I finally figured out that she’s always right," Obama answered. "So then, surprisingly, we just stopped fighting."