President and first lady Obama are known for their PDA. Frequently photographed holding hands, both always deeply embrace each other after either partner gives a speech. So, it might seem strange that one of the most publicly affectionate couples in politics recently took separate vacations.

While the first lady and her daughters jetted to the ski mecca of Aspen, Colorado over Presidents’ Day weekend, President Obama spent the same period golfing with Tiger Woods in Palm Beach, Florida. They did connect over a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day in D.C., yet some are questioning what their subsequent time apart might say about the state of their marriage.

“Going through [a] mid-life crisis and taking separate vacations. Hmmmm……,” commented one user on an report. Sure, conventional wisdom states that when a couple takes vacations apart it is a sign of relationship issues.

But while Michelle Obama’s bangs might be a middle years distress signal (as she has described them), it’s not necessarily the case that she and Barack are no longer solid as a rock.

Interestingly, “according to a new poll by the travel website TripAdvisor, 59 percent of site visitors report having taken a vacation separate from their significant other,” a 2012 Reuters article states. The piece also correlates “a direct link between that mindset of increasing openness, and declining divorce rates.”

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