a face in the crowd

First lady Michelle Obama stands in line at a Target Department store in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 29, after doing some shopping

69 Responses to “a face in the crowd”

  1. 1 desertflower
    September 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Shut the front door!!! Our First Lady BY HERSELF shopping in Target? You’re kidding me?! Love her. Love her. Love her.

  2. 6 mtmarilyn
    September 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    The sad thing is she probably won’t be able to go there again. I hate to see her loose more of what little freedom she has.

    • 7 Desraye
      September 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Yea. I feel the same way.

    • 8 Mel
      September 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      The fucking MSM has to spiled whatever little privaxy our first lady has , I hope she is well protected.
      I do not remember any other FLOTUS ever doing a little groceries shoping. she is soo wonderful and
      very natural we are proud of her always.

      • 9 hopefruit2
        September 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

        The MSM LOVES to stalk the first family. It makes for ratings and a “story.” I remember in 2008 when PBO had just won the elections and the media had pics all over of the family vacationing in Hawaii.

    • September 29, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      I’m sure she can. Its probably just once a month or something. Can’t predict when she will go.

  3. 12 desertflower
    September 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    They are all despicable. going to watch Rev Al.

    • 14 theo67
      September 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      I love the first line of that article: “The first lady shops at Target — just like us!”

    • 16 utaustinliberal
      September 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks for the article Lisa.

      The pictures are so cute Chips. It tickles me pink to see the SS guy try to look like a “regular” shopper.

      • September 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

        Hey ut, the SS guy didn’t fool me. When I first saw the photo of him standing in the shopping line behind First Lady Michelle, I knew that he was TBG (known as Tall Bald Guy on the Mrs-O blog). I think I like him incognito. I also love First Lady Michelle in her everyday-girl camouflage.

  4. 20 NinaCecily
    September 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm


  5. 21 itgurl_29
    September 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    She is too cool. Dressed down and shopping at Target. Love it. She even looks put together in errand running clothes. LOL

  6. 24 overseasgranny
    September 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    She is such a dear and honest woman. I hope she gets to escape to normality as often as she wants to do it. The President probably cannot and the girls cannot, but maybe Grandma can once in a while as well.

  7. September 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Here’s a dip into the shallows with an article about Miche’s style and her emergence as a style icon. tehe 🙂


  8. 28 sherijr
    September 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Initially I saw this and was excited too- wow, how cool is our First Lady- of course thats already known… but then my thinking was/is no way is she out shopping without Secret Service all around her somewhere.. I HOPE. I do not want her out there alll alone, or without super sufficient security. Right ??? They wouldn’t let her be out their alone, right???? because I am tremendously bothered by that.

    • 29 GGail
      September 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      sherijr – really – have you ever shopped at Target? Gurl, there are security cameras that follow your every move, plus I bet there were SS women & men, dressed in street clothes.

      Don’t worry your head – protection was all around FLOTUS. 😀

      • 30 sherijr
        September 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

        I’m glad there are cameras, but my concern was more about physical protection, without Secret Service, nothing would stop someone from walking up and just taking her.

        • September 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm

          sher, there is no possible way that she is out and about without SS. You might not see them, but they are there in plain clothes. The SS are very good at their jobs and over time have learned to adapt and be very creative in their surveillance and protection of VIPs. It would be negligence on their part if she was out and about on her own. They are there.

        • 34 GGail
          September 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm

          sherijr – you missed the rest of my comment….I bet there were SS women & men dressed in street clothes. She was not alone.

      • September 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm


    • 36 Tally
      September 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      I was thinking the same thing! Where is her security detail???

    • 37 theo67
      September 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Sheri – there’s another picture with her usual SS guy standing right behind her – looking very casual. I think you can rest assured that she was well-guarded.

      • 39 Fred
        September 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        the President would have gone nuclear (and rightly so if he did) on SS if they would have let our First Lady leave the premises of the WH without SS following her every steps 😆

      • 40 hopefruit2
        September 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        The SS guy looks just like a regular shopper!! If you hadn’t mentioned it I would have completely assumed he was a regular dad just buying some stuff…

      • 41 Mel
        September 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

        This is too cool our FLOTUS really rocks come on people leave her alone and do not make things more
        dangerous for her just be nice.

      • 42 AnitaW
        September 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

        Is her SS guy the one in the white t-shirt or is it the woman in the black shirt? Neither looked familiar to me, but I can’t imagine her out without a detail.

        • September 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

          The tall guy in the white t-shirt is the SS guy who’s always with her. He just looks different when he wearing a suit and sun glasses. He would certainly look rather conspicious in Target wearing a suit. 😉 That would likely give away Michelle’s identity.:)

      • 44 GGail
        September 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm

        YUP, just as I stated…SS women & men in street clothes.

      • 45 sherijr
        September 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

        Thanks everyone for assuring me on the SS detail, very glad to see them, I was sure that she couldn’t be alone.. but feel better knowing for certain.

  9. September 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Still, it was too bad she was spotted.

  10. 47 hopefruit2
    September 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Kinda reminds me of the good old days when we would bump into Nancy Reagan at Walmart…oh wait a minute, it was Barbara Bush at K-Mart….oh no, wait a minute…it was Laura Bush at JCPenny…oh wait a minute it was NONE OF the above!!!!

  11. September 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    this is too funny for words. FLOTUS at Target…tickles me pink.

  12. 55 lapalm
    September 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    @Hopefruit2…you got me crackin up..dont you just love
    our FLOTUS…she is definitely the coolest

  13. 56 Ceb
    September 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Michelle is always with her SS detail. She told one interviewer who asked if she ever tried to lose her agents and she said that the family would not do anything to make their job harder and that they followed the rules out of respect for their concern. I had heard months ago that Michelle would go out to malls with her girlfriends wearing a baseball cap. She gets out and about without being photographed quite often (she and Valerie Jarrett used to have a weekly lunch). As for the girls, Michelle has said in the past that they go various places with friends and grandma. And you know what PBO said about Mrs. Robinson: she will go to CVS and other places, just walking straight out of the gates on her own.
    While it is a priceless photo, like many of you, I wish that she was able to go there anonymously.

    • 57 JoJothecat
      September 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      I know I heard that story about Mrs. Robinson. She can go anywhere and no one follows her, I don’t know if it’s out of respect, she’s not interesting enought, or in my opinon they don’t want to mess with Mrs. Robinson. She just appears to be a very no-nonsense type of person. She’s not into drama and does not want to create a distraction for her son-in-law and daughter because we know it don’t take much for the rw-media to create news.

  14. 59 SAB
    September 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    There’s something theraputic about shopping at Target. She probably does it to relax.

  15. 60 Me4obama
    September 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    OMG too bad am late to the PARTY. I love my First Lady.

  16. 61 Eleroy
    September 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I LOVE my First Lady!!! She ROCKs!!! Woo hoo!!!

  17. September 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I love that women. It’s so importent for her to get to be normal once in awhile–damn that photographer anyway!!!! Loved your comment hopefruit2–HA!! those gals did not feel the need to be normal–and they weren’t. They lived in that Stepford wife world of the wealthy. We have a real women now–lovely and loved. If you don’t think racisim is alive and well, check out some of the comments at the other sites–like Huffington Post. We still have slime in this country–dumb jackasses!!!!

  18. 63 DreamChaser57
    September 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Good for her, I have so much respect for FLOTUS trying to create a sense of normalcy in her life and for being such a grounding force for her family. The were a family before President Obama was president and they will be after he serves. I so appreciate her heroic efforts in protecting her family.

    • September 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Yes, and me too. Just Imagine having to be glowing and smiling, and looking Gracious, smiling AA the time, that can get old fast. It’s like she or they have a 24/7 job of smiling, showing themselves friendly over and above. Whewwwwwwww, yeah must feel reallllllllllll relaxing to go out Incognito sometimes. POTUS and FLOTUS will always be my MENTORS 🙂 They are great examples for our Country 🙂

  19. 65 LunarSea
    September 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I couldn’t help but wonder if the young lady at the cash register was really blind to who she was checking out or just really, really being cool about it. I would like to think I could be cool about it, but I’m sure I would have jumped up and down spewing some incoherent drivel bringing attention to the whole exchange.

    Secret Service members would blow their cover as they tackle me. They would have had to drag me out as I made a damn fool of myself. 😆

    I’m telling you: she’s either super cool or immensely dumb

  20. September 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I don’t blame Mrs. Obama for wanting to get her Target on and shop in peace. She and the President make me proud everyday.

  21. 69 Olivia
    September 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I’m going to send these pics to my husband to justify my shopping trips to Target ;). Just following FLOTUS’ example!

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