April 26th, 2012
02:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Michelle Obama's White House fantasy

(CNN) – She's known to take discreet trips to Target and Baskin-Robbins, but first lady Michelle Obama said Thursday she'd still like more freedom to get out of the White House.

"Sometimes we can't sneak out often on our own without security and motorcades and people with us," Obama said at a "Take your Child to Work Day" held at the White House. She was explaining what she would change about being the nation's first lady.

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"It is hard to sneak around and do what you want," Obama continued. "I have done it a couple of times. But you know one fantasy I have, and the Secret Service they keep looking at me because they think I might actually do it, is to walk right out the front door and just keep walking."

In September, Obama was photographed shopping at a Target in Alexandria, Virginia, outside the nation's capital. She later told David Letterman she has also attempted trips to Petco with the family's Portuguese Water Dog Bo.

On Thursday, Obama said the trips have taken on additional hassle now that she's afforded protection from the Secret Service.

"I can't just up and decide I think I am going to go for a walk," Obama said. "I am going to walk to Georgetown. If I could change something I'd be able to sneak around a little bit more but it causes people a lot of stress when I do that so I try not to."

Asked if she would like to return to her life before moving into the White House, Obama said she wasn't inclined to look backward.

"One of the things I have learned being a grown up is that you always look forward," Obama said. "You look to where you want to go as opposed to looking back."

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Little Jimmy Truth

    Have fun for shopping in Odd Job stores.

    April 26, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    they think I might actually do it, is to walk right out the front door and just keep walking."
    Don't worry, you'll get to do this next January! And then we'll all be happy.

    April 26, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. No More Hope and Change Obama

    My fantasy is to see Michelle and hubby & Michelle's mom & daughters & Bo the dog move back to the State of IL. He can visit his old buddy R. Emanuael at the state house.

    Michelle can go shipping to here hear contnet.

    No more Obama after 2012!


    April 26, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    A sense of humor in spite of all the hate thrown your way First Lady. Truly remarkable. It's true- you just CAN'T keep a good woman down. Continue to be uplifting instead of LOOKING FOR PITY (like some) and people will more and more gravitate to you. A certain woman will find out the nation is not handing out sympathy votes in November as we all have our problems so please continue to COUNT your blessings BEFORE you complain and we will reward you accordingly.

    April 26, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Mark

    What a classy lady. I'm sure the GOPigs will turn this into something nasty Mrs. Obama but stay above it.

    April 26, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Tyrone

    My motto in life exactly, It aint were you been, its where youre going!

    April 26, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. B

    Queen Ann Romney wouldn't dare be caught doing her own shopping.

    April 26, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Man, I read the headline and figured that she wanted to do something for huh huhsband.

    April 26, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Be very careful about wandering out the front door Michelle! You may get lost in the FOOD DESERTS out there! hahahahaha!!! But it looks like you have a good idea of where the closest Baskin-Robbins is.

    April 26, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Out of Texas

    Michelle Obama is a very down to earth First Lady. First class all the way.

    April 26, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. carmen tx.

    red white and blue in tx. we just love obama and michelle the kids the dog. she has been a very good first lady. she has style, looks , smart and a million dollar smile. her and barack has fun you can just tell. i think they will win the votes in nove. they could even win a 3rd term i think. he'll get it done if the congress will let him he has to go play golf just to relax a little . the stress running this country would be very bad. we have job problems but we are getting jobs we have wars but we are comeing home. we have house problems but its picking up too. we have food stamp problems but the people when they can will get off of them. you know i listen i watch and every prez. do as good as they can. we should be praying and holding them up and not worry about what they do with extra time. god bless michelle and god bless usa. p.s. the women will get obama back in office you'll see

    April 26, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. John, PA

    “Michelle Obama's White House fantasy”, still being in the White House after January20, 2013.

    She is known for preplanned photo ops at Target and Baskin-Robbins. Nobody believes she can sneak out anywhere.

    April 26, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides money overseas, and a master tax evader as president

    Im glad we have a wonderful, smart first lady who worked for a living while raising a beautiful family and not a pretend vultures capitalist clown who uses her sickness to get votes.

    April 26, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    Dang, I know it must be a hassle not being able to come and go as you please and we're asking you First Lady just to put up with it for another four years; it will fly by. And you are right, keep on moving and don't look back!!

    Obamas / Bidens 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 26, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. No more take away from the rich and give it to people that dont work.

    Please no more socialism.

    April 26, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The WH is Michelle Obama's 2nd home, she doesn't have 7(seven) homes like the Romney's and maybe some voters who support the 1%.

    April 26, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Marty

    I will never trust Obama. I have nothing against his wife.

    April 26, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Obama's Snake Oil on Sale - Git yur lies and deceit here!!

    Michelle, I thought we agreed you'd stop sneaking out to that Baskin-Robbins and chowing down sundaes and start sneaking out to the gym instead.

    April 26, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Marty

    The reason Obama doesnt have a lot of homes is because he doesnt know how to make money, just knows how to spend it. 5 trillion in the first 3 years. Heaven help our children if he gets 4 more.

    April 26, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Angel

    Michelle Obama is the genuine article, not a pretentious or arrogant bone in her body.

    April 26, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Dean

    White House nightmare.

    April 26, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. wallpeeler

    That's funny. Michelle and I share the same fantasy. I would like them all to walk out the front door and go back to Illinois. She may be a very nice lady with a lovely family. But her husband is doing a terrible job and his policies, such as they are, are destroying our country.

    April 26, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Winston

    I would not have a problem with you waling anywhere.
    After November you & your husband wont have to worry about the White House anymore.........

    April 26, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. estibaliz

    She's spent $400,000 plus of taxpayers' money on trips. Why doesn't CNN post that story?

    April 26, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. davey

    hey barry, i want to see the details of your student loans, but then you probably never really had any. another lie like your farther leaving when you were 2 years old.

    April 26, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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