Still it was a big occasion for the US leader and first lady – their 17th anniversary – and they'd booked dinner for two at a restaurant just down the road from the White House.
Michelle, looking sexy and sophisticated in an elegant halter-neck number that showed off her famously toned back and arms, received an appreciative look from her husband as they headed out on a moonlit night.
The president, meanwhile, was keeping it cool in a sharp black suit.
As is their habit, the presidential couple had opted for American fare for their special date.
Their destination was the Blue Duck tavern, a swanky eatery famed for the local sourcing of products, and boasting dishes such as crab cakes, apple pie and homemade ice cream.