Shocker: Michelle Obama Staged Target Photo-Op With Help From The Associated Press

What’s troubling here isn’t so much that Michelle Obama staged an shopping trip to impress us all with her “I’m just an average citizen like you guys” routine (as her personal assistant carried the grocery bags), but rather that the Associated Press was a happy and willing participant in the theatrics.

Right outside of D.C. in Alexandria, VA, FLOTUS decided to grab a few things for 30-40 minutes with her assistant at the local Target. She was dressed in a floral button down, black pants, a Nike baseball cap, and shades. But of course, she was still somewhat noticeable. The Associated Press reported that Secret Service arrived 30 minutes before her and blended with the other customers. The only person who recognized the First Lady was her cashier!

In case you’re wondering if it was really her, the White House confirmed it this afternoon saying, “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.

CBS News reports the pics were snapped by an Associated Press photographer who says he was tipped off that she would be there.

The Associated Press isn’t talking about how their guy managed to be in the right place at the right time:

A matter causing some suspicion about the trip is how an Associated Press photographer happened to be in position to catch the first lady — in baseball hat, sunglasses, flowered top, with tan purse and shopping bags — leaving the store.

“Good source work,” said Paul Colford, a spokesman for the wire service in New York.

The pictures were taken by Charles Dharapak, a veteran White House photographer for The Associated Press. The well-regarded Dharapak cheerfully declined to give POLITICO an exclusive on his exclusive.

“We have been besieged with interview requests, but Charlie has done not a single one,” Colford said.

If you read the rest of the story at that link, the Target in Alexandria was shut down for Michelle Obama’s visit. Meaning that not only was the store itself inconvenienced, but so were hundreds of shoppers. Plus, there’s the security expense.

All so that Michelle Obama could stage a photo-op.

Hope for change.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Randy G

    From Greek columns to Target, everything these two shysters do in public is phony…Everything. They learned well from the phony tears and dancing on the beach schlickmeister.

  • Camsaure

    Well maybe it was a legitimate shopping trip, maybe it was the only place she could find size 52 pants and underwear. Na, I guess I will have to go with it being phony.

  • flamemeister

    Makes perfect sense, Obama has a huge idiot base.

  • Proof

    Shut down the store, did they?  Oh, yeah. That is the type of activity “not uncommon for the First Lady”.

    • borborygmi

      Did They?

      • Proof

        I don’t know for certain. That’s why I put the little squiggly thing at the end of the sentence. Like you did.

  • I H8 GOPers

    “Innuendo matters more than reality when you’re dealing with political hit jobs. Perception is reality in politics”, according to Rob Port.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    well duh, ya think a pro photographer hangs out at Target waiting for that once in a lifetime opportunity?

    I suspect most everyone caught on to this ruse. Just another obama fraud

  • Fredlave

    I’m sure she shops there every day and also sends her girls to public school.

  • noblindersonme

    sssshocker!!! port is indignant about anything the Obamas do!
     Golly NO REPUBLICAN would EVER stage such an photo op!!

  • borborygmi

    Politicians and Photo ops never happen……..Now where did I place the picture of Bush on the Carrier?

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I bet she used that clothing she bought as cleaning rags for the WhiteHouse maids. Either that or she is gift shopping for the next vacation/visit to the Queen of England.