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Mrs. Obama goes “incognito,” Lady Gaga-style

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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 29, 2011 11:39 PM

The East and West Wings of the White House are guilty of more cheesy stage-managing than the Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Awards shows combined.

Last week, the glamour queen wore more than $40,000 worth of diamonds while partying with hubby at several high-priced fundraisers in New York. Her bling made international headlines and photos.

To counter the negative diva buzz as most Americans face hard economic times, Mrs Obama somehow managed to turn up at an Alexandria Va. Target (with her “shopping assistant” in tow).

And somehow, coincidence of coincidences, an Associated Press photographer just happened to be there to snap her.

Snortalicious headline: “Michelle Obama shops incognito at Target (Photo).”

Such tools:

AP photographer Charles Dharapak told CBS News he took pictures of the first lady at the Target on Route 1 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The first lady’s office confirmed that the pictures showed Mrs. Obama, though it did not immediately respond when asked if it tipped off Dharapak.

“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 the photographs, the first lady is wearing a Nike baseball cap, sunglasses and a floral-print button-down shirt with a neon v-neck underlay. She is seen holding a pair of Target bags and pushing a shopping cart.

Looks like she left the bling at home.

But her shirt and sunglasses are about as “incognito” as Lady Gaga’s outfit at her younger sister’s graduation:

More on the totally spontaneous visit:

The AP reported that Secret Service agents, dressed casually, arrived at the store 30 minutes before the first lady, who shopped with an assistant. She reportedly spent 30-40 minutes shopping and was only recognized by her cashier.

I bring “shopping assistants” with me when I go to Target, too! My daughter pushes the cart. My son hangs off it.

Celebrity first ladies…they’re just like us!

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Flashback: The Paparazzi President

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Theme music for Mrs. Obama’s next Target visit…

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