Michelle Obama Undercover Shopping at Target

The first lady’s trip to Target is causing quite a stir

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Michelle Obama was spotted shopping at a Target department store outside of Washington D.C. (Image: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

First Lady Michelle Obama sported a casual Nike baseball cap, sunglasses and a floral-print button down shirt on a shopping trip to a Target department store in Alexandria, Virginia Thursday. Little did she know she’d be snapped by AP photographer Charles Dharapak, and her image broadcasted across news outlets within a few short hours.

“It is not uncommon for the First Lady to slip out to run an errand, eat at a local restaurant or otherwise enjoy the city outside the White House gates,” said Kristina Schake, communications director for the First Lady, in a CBS News report.

The Target location was combed by casually dressed Secret Service agents a half-hour before she arrived with an assistant, according to the AP.  She did, however, push her own cart, filling it with toys and food for the first dog, Bo, among other things. Mrs. Obama spent a reported 30-40 minutes at the location and was only recognized by the cashier.

This wasn’t the first lady’s only encounter with the discount-friendly store. She was spotted wearing a dress from Target in Phoenix in August 2009. So tell us, does Mrs. Obama’s discount store excursion make a statement about the importance of frugality in this economy?

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  • cr8ursuccess_com

    I love her style! Very classy lady!

  • BlackChickOnTour

    I don’t know that it tells us about frugality in these economic times. Let’s face it, “she’s got money,” but it does show that she’s a real person who isn’t too uppity to be seen in Target. And, I love that!!


    We agree with BlackChickOnTour and that the First Lady is really just doing what she’s always done, which is just be herself. Remember she’s from the South Side of Chicago and comes from HUMBLE beginnings in he first place so it’s not a shock to see her in Target as it wasn’t a shock to see here and the President hand out Thanksgiving Dinners at an African American school when he first became President. Let’s Keep It Real, she’s always been pretty grounded so her shopping at Target shouldn’t be a surprise.

  • LittleBlackVillage

    I agree wholeheartedly with BlackChickOnTour. It does show that she is not too uppity to be seen in Target. I do not think her shopping at Target has anything to do with these economic times. I think she is just a smart shopper.

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