By Alicia M. Cohn - 02/13/12 04:41 PM EST
“He always has to plan Valentine’s. That’s his job,” Obama told Access Hollywood. “I think there may be a date night. There’s something scheduled. It’s hard for him to pull off the big surprise when you’ve got a motorcade and police escorts and all that stuff.”
“He is a busy man, but when it comes to family, there’s nothing more important and if there’s ever something that I need from him, or the girls need from him, he stops on a dime, because it’s his way of staying sane as well,” she said.
In past years, the Obamas have spent Valentine's Day in Chicago or Camp David, but the first lady told "Regis and Kelly" last year that she and her husband "don't make a big deal out of Valentine's Day."
Asked by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush if her husband might just serenade her this year with Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” a song the first lady has said he loves to sing, Obama said her husband could pull off more than the first lines he recently belted out at a fundraiser.
“Oh yeah,” she said. "He's smooth."