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Michelle Obama Has Photo Op At DC Target

From a just happening to be in the neighborhood Associated Press:

First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a hat and sunglasses, stands in line at a Target department store in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, after doing some shopping. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Michelle Obama shops at Washington-area Target

September 30, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attention Target shoppers: You could have been standing in line with Michelle Obama.

The first lady, hard to recognize in a baseball cap and sunglasses, shopped Thursday at a Target store in Alexandria, Va., just outside Washington.

Casually dressed Secret Service agents arrived about a half-hour before Mrs. Obama, who walked in through the main entrance with an assistant. She spent 30 to 40 minutes shopping, pushing her own cart. She apparently was recognized only by the cashier who rang up her purchases.

Since coming to the White House, Mrs. Obama has lamented missing out on what she calls "normal stuff," like Target runs.

She isn’t the first first lady to try to go out unrecognized. Hillary Rodham Clinton went for walks wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, too.

Well, it probably was a good idea to get in as much shopping as possible with the first stimulus money running out on September 30th. Still, who knew that it was up to Michelle to buy cleaning materials like Lysol for the White House?

Hopefully, she also took the opportunity to buy some more thoughtful gifts for any future state visits from Queen Elizabeth. But is Target unionized? We don’t think so.

By the way, the numerous photographs from this spontaneous and secret shopping spree were all taken by one Charles Dharapak. According to the Associated Press photographers website, Mr. Dharapak became an AP "staff photographer" in 1995.

But it’s clear he just happened to stumble upon Ms. Obama while she was shopping. And no one at Target thought it was strange that this woman was being photographed.

Oddly enough, we seem to recall Sarah Palin catching a lot of grief from the news media for being photographed buying diapers for Trig at a WalMart. The media portrayed the event as a cynical photo op, even though Mrs. Palin probably does actually shop at WalMart.

Go figure.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 30th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Michelle Obama Has Photo Op At DC Target”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    “If it happens in politics, be assured it was planned” – FDR

  2. Helena says:

    Looks like a package of Lysol wipes, for disinfecting after shaking hands with the great unwashed.

  3. proreason says:

    Did she drop by the jewelry counter?

    • GetBackJack says:

      You must be an older white guy, Pro. Today, it’s i got this grill from some jews at a bling blang …..


  4. Mithrandir says:


    All those expensive vacations overseas, POSH visits to Martha’s Vineyard, swanky sets of jewelry, expensive dresses and shoes, steak and crap-cake dinners, separate flights on A.F. 1…….

    …someone FINALLY said, “gee, I think we should start getting photos of you doing poor-people stuff, otherwise they might start thinking you’re a selfish, good-for-nothing b**ch.”

  5. BigOil says:

    She be slummin.

    Judging by the shirt she is wearing, she must have come straight from Goodwill.

    • jobeth says:

      And judging by her choice of clothes she has always worn, she shows she has no fashion sense…ever. Shame she spends so much on clothes only to still look like she shops at the Goodwill store.

  6. Right of the People says:

    How could anybody not recognize that ugly mug? She looks one step above a bag lady.

  7. Freedom615 says:

    This is obviously part of the vast right-wing conspiracy. Someone on the right tricked the First Lady into shopping there under the pretense it was ACTUALLY an upscale French purveyor of haute couture pronounced “Tarjay.”

  8. beautyofreason says:

    Someone staff member got wind of the article on the $40,000 diamond bracelets and wanted to change that.

    Oh look, Michelle Obama is just like us. She’s not wearing 500 dollar sneakers or a house worth of bling today !

  9. Melly says:

    Did you hear, Michelle changed her name to Michael. At least that is what Barry is referring to her as nowadays. I caught his speech (sans teleprompter) today about the Joint Chiefs Change, and Death of Terrorists. Here’s the video – at the 34 second mark Barry says “Michael” (pronounces it as Michael) and doesn’t even correct himself. He is so vacuous. He doesn’t believe in anything he says. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lISkOlMi2Ao I thought I was hearing things: “who the hell is Michael…” I thought…until I looked at the video. I know – blame the teleprompter for taking the morning off. ;-)

    • proreason says:


      Vacuous hardly does it justice.

      The only explanation for mispronouncing his own “wife”s name is that he just reads whatever shit is on the teleprompter. Can’t even be bothered to think about what he is saying.

      This video should go viral.

    • platypus says:

      Looks like they killed the video. It only plays about 3 seconds and then stops. My downloader add-on only grabs about 300KB.

      Image control, at its finest.

    • Melly says:

      Hi platypus – it played for me. 7,000+ views. It was about 25 when I first viewed it. “Authenticity” seems to be the word of the moment. Barry is the most inauthentic man ever to grace the White House. BTW – here’s an interesting followup piece on Michael’s trip to Target: (the AP photographer is declining comment) a member of the media refusing to report??? http://bigjournalism.com/jjmnolte/2011/10/01/really-ap-white-house-photographer-refuses-to-discuss-flotus-target-run/


      Michael wears $540 sneakers to a food bank, paints wearing a $200 t-shirt and has spent a reported $10 million in taxpayer dollars going on vacations. Let’s not forget the $40,000+ diamond cuffs she was parading recently (they were gorgeous). The administration is really making a fool of themselves with this transparent attempt at image building.

    • TerryAnne says:

      This must be posted here (it’s from today – 3 October – if anyone misses the link):



    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      He looks a lot like Jerry Rivers in that photo, too. Interesting coinkidink?

  10. JohnMG says:

    You can just tell that Mike and Barack are beer drinkin’ buddies from way back. I mean, Him ‘n Mike is on a first-name basis, right?

    This son-of-a-bitch makes me want to puke every time he opens his mouth. To think our men and women in uniform have to acknowledge that poseur as commander-in-chief gives me a case of the creepy-crawlies. I only wish I could hear the unspoken thoughts of the unfortunate servicemembers who had to stand for God know how long while he beat his gums yet said nothing.

    What a bad dream!

  11. Anonymoose says:

    I just wonder what the point was—after all the vacations, glitzy jewelry and high dollar fashions—was this an attempt to rehab her image? Make her appear as “one of us?”

    • proreason says:

      It may not have been her intended point, but I think that actual point is that they clearly believe people are profoundly stupid.

  12. canary says:

    Michelle Obama showing Nike hat and cleavage at Target.

    So how much campaign money is Nike, Target and Lysol paying Obama.

    The Target items are for her gift baskets she hands out as part of her regular role on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. TV guide doesn’t tell if this will be her 3rd show in a row. Gosh maybe it got less viewers. No one can tell me the details. Lysol Commericial? Anyone?

    Target sucks. Talk about tax right offs of the rich.

  13. jobeth says:

    Actually, I think this was her Target run for gifts for the Brits when they visit again. Must’ve have some kind of good deal on old VHS tapes.

    Ummm, had no idea they were even coming…but this is proof positive.

    (Back again folks…had most of my surgeries….and complete with new knees and doing great! Fixed my back, lost my, appendix, gall bladder…and a few pounds! since last year. One more to go if I can convince the insur co.

    But I have have been lurking while recovering….LOL Can’t do without S&L!)

  14. proreason says:

    Target didn’t even realize how smart they were when they opened the new Thunderbutt Department.

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