The time-honored act of complaining about Valentine’s Day has become more cliche than a dozen roses and a box of Russell Stover chocolates. Everyone has an opinion on the most romantic day of the year. Critics complain that the lack of spontaneity and the overwhelming commercialism of the holiday makes the romantic aspect feel contrived and disingenuous.
The critics have a point. Valentine’s Day is expensive, over-hyped and more often than not ends in disappointment. Plenty of single people hate it because they’re the only desk in the office without flowers. Plenty of couples hate it because it seems more like a cultural obligation than a choice. And others just don’t care either way, because tonight is simply Tuesday.
However, no matter your feelings on today’s holiday, the majority of women tend to care — a lot. So you should heed the advice of the our country’s Commander-in-Chief, the leader of the free world, the President of the United States — Barack Obama.
And, now, a message from the nation’s Cupid-in-Chief, President Barack Obama.
Before discussing his support for an extension of the payroll tax cut this morning, the president provided “a quick public service announcement” to “all the gentlemen” in the listening audience.
“Today is Valentine’s Day,” Obama said. “Do not forget.”
Obama added, “I speak from experience here. — It is important that you remember this.”
He did not elaborate.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in October.
The president — who is often urged to “go big” on items ranging from deficit reduction to jobs programs — also provided guidance to Valentine’s Day gifts.
“Go big,” Obama said. “That’s my advice.”
Our country may not take Obama’s advice when it comes to raising the debt ceiling, health care or fixing the economy, but when it comes to matters of the heart — accept no substitute.