They say "Virginia is for lovers," but with the help of sex therapist Dr. Ruth and a new "stimulus plan," the nation's capital hopes to lure couples to the opposite side of the Potomac.
On Thursday, Dr. Ruth will join Washington, D.C. Council member Kwame Brown to announce the start of a month-long "stimulus plan" designed to boost tourism by marketing the city as a premiere romantic destination. Brown will conduct a mock swearing in of Dr. Ruth as Honorary Secretary of Love & Relationships, under the watchful (albeit wax) eyes of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, provided courtesy of Madame Tussauds.
A press release from Destination D.C. said the initiative was inspired by the Obama's "date nights," occasional evenings when the First Couple will eat out without their two children. The Obamas have dined in Washington at the Blue Duck Tavern and at Citronelle, as well as restaurants in Chicago and New York.