Celebrities in this day and age are just no match for those wily paparazzi. Take First Lady Michelle Obama. She recently piled the kids into the family SUV and drove over to the local Target to pick up a few odds and ends for the White House—you know, an economy pack of toilet paper, that sort of thing. Naturally, the girls nagged her to buy them earrings, makeup, and the like—girls will be girls—but a budget is a budget. As Mrs. O. was unloading her shopping cart at the checkout, she had a momentary fright when she was unable to find the coupons she had clipped, but there they were.
And so were the photogs (those sneaky devils), snapping shots of the First Lady in her shades, Nike cap, and pedal pushers.
OK, I’m fooled. I completely buy into the notion that Michelle Obama—the same person who took an $80,000-a-day vacation on the Costa del Sol and wears $42,150 diamond bracelets—clips coupons and shops at discount stores with the rest of the starving masses.
One might say, as the Associated Press did in its coverage of the ostensible shopping spree, that it was all part of energizing the base—that Mrs. Obama is her husband’s secret campaign weapon. But then why the get-up, which according to Scott Pelley of CBS was so effective a disguise that no recognized her until she reached the checkout?
CBS quotes Kristina Schake, communications director for the First Lady, as commenting:
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.
In other words, this stunt was in no way a transparent effort on the president’s part to suggest that he and his are just working stiffs, trying to make ends meet?
If you believe that, Target has a bridge it is willing to sell you. It’s located in aisle 6.
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