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Political Romance Around Washington: The First Couple Dines in Alexandria — PICTURES

February 14, 2012

President Obama and the first lady headed to Alexandria for a date night on Tuesday in celebration of Valentine's Day. They dined at Vermilion, an American restaurant serving locally farmed foods.

Click through to see where other famous political couples have dined in and around the District.

Vermilion Restaurant: President Obama, center, arrives at Vermilion Restaurant in Alexandria, Va., for a Valentine's Day dinner with first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. The first couple has dined in Alexandria before -- most recently at Restaurant Even for their anniversary in October 2011.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Citronelle Michel Ricard: This is where Barack and Michelle Obama had their first date as America's first couple. It was five months into the president's term before the busy pair could steal a night alone. Conde Nast Traveler calls Citronelle "one of the world's most exciting restaurants." But the first couple may have preferred less excitement on their date: Several hundred people had gathered on M Street when the presidential motorcade arrived to take them home.

Billy Martin's Tavern: This is the Georgetown favorite where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier. Patrons can still visit the "proposal booth" and read about what the waitress saw on the night a "cute young senator from Massachusetts proposed to his girlfriend."(COURTESY OF BILLY MARTIN'S TAVERN)

 

The Inn at Little Washington: The secrecy of this unassuming little house has drawn in political couples since its opening in 1978. It also doesn't hurt that it has a five-star restaurant. The innkeepers won't share names, but the widely publicized wedding of Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, and NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell lifted its romantic appeal to Washington fairy-tale status.

Peacock Café: Last October, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton celebrated her 63rd birthday with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at this Georgetown eatery. Although their marriage has been heavily scrutinized after the former president’s infidelity, she has said that she never gave up on her partner. “I never doubted Bill’s love for me ever, and I never doubted my faith and my commitment to our daughter and our extended family,” she told People magazine in 2008.

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