Roses are red, violets are blue, for presidents and first ladies too

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump (@realdonaldtrump/Instagram)

Valentine’s Day: It’s all about flowers, chocolates and declining to comment on the ouster of the national security adviser.

This morning on CNN’s “New Day,” Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., was asked why his party had so far stayed mum in the wake of Gen. Mike Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser, and he readily responded it was for the sake of romance.

“Well, it’s Valentine’s Day and I guess they’re having breakfast with their wives,” he told host Chris Cuomo.


Aside from using the holiday to craft political spin, here’s how some of the nation’s most prominent government figures acknowledged Valentine’s Day.

President Trump posted a photo of himself and first lady Melania Trump walking along the inaugural parade route:


Vice President Mike Pence was caught doing some last-minute shopping as he picked up flowers at a grocery store Tuesday morning:


Second lady Karen Pence used a vintage photo of the pair to pay tribute to her “Valentine today and every day:”


House Speaker Paul Ryan posted a sweet picture of himself with his wife:


Ryan also recorded a special tribute to former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, whom he called “one of the greatest love stories in our history.” The former first couple holds the record for the longest presidential marriage, marking their 72nd anniversary in January.


Former President Barack Obama took a break from water sports to tweet to his sweetheart, former first lady Michelle Obama:


She then returned the favor with a shout-out to her “favorite island mate,” adding a photo of the couple’s toes in the sand:


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