Get a Hartford Courant subscription for less than 29 cents per day

U.S. Secret Service

Obama recites love poem to wife on national television

Someone call the fire department. It's about to get hot at the White House.

President Barack Obama, who is spending another Valentine's Day apart from his wife, Michelle, did the next best thing short of celebrating the lovers' holiday with her: On Friday's broadcast of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the president recited a love poem he says he had planned to deliver to the first lady in person.

"Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot," said Obama as he stood in front of a red curtain and amid bouquets of red roses and white lilies as Barry White-style music played in the background.

"Michelle, this Valentine's Day...