First lady on 'breaking out' of the White House
February 26th, 2013
12:22 PM ET
10 years ago

First lady on 'breaking out' of the White House

Washington (CNN) – Imagine the headline: "First Lady Goes Rogue, Breaks Out of White House."

Michelle Obama jokingly teased the idea of a first lady missing in action during an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" released Tuesday.

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"Going to Target for me is like a dream, you know? That one time I went, you noticed it created a stir," the first lady told ABC's Robin Roberts, apparently referring to an incognito excursion to a Washington-area Target in 2011 where she shopped unnoticed for a while.

"I'm gonna do it again, doggone it," the first lady joked. "Next four years, I'm going out. I'm breaking out. I'm gonna disguise [family dog] Bo. I'm gonna put on a coat. I'm gonna take a walk, and my [Secret Service] agents won't know a thing. Don't tell 'em."

Should the first lady decide to make a run for it, one thing that may give her away is her new hairdo. Amid all the talk about her recently-debuted bangs, Obama –who will turn 50 next year - also joked about why she decided to sport them: as a result of a "mid-life crisis."

"My imagination has to be a little more limited, you know? Would I like to skydive? No, can't do that," the first lady said. "Can I drive? I can't drive. So there are a few things I can do. So why not cut my hair, put a little color in it, do a little something?"

"I'm embracing the bangs," Obama added. "I hope it's good. My husband likes it. He's really the only one that counts."

On the program, the first lady promoted her efforts to help the nation's children eat healthier and be more physically active. Her "Let's Move" nationwide initiative to end childhood obesity is currently on its third anniversary.

The first lady touted the program's success.

"When we started, there were a lot of people in this country who would've never thought that childhood obesity was a health crisis. But now we're starting to see rates of obesity coming down like never before," she said. "This new initiative that we're announcing – the My Plate Recipe Partnership – we're collaborating with some of the top media companies in this country. And they are compiling and labeling and promoting recipes that meet the ‘My Plate’ guidelines."

The new initiative is designed to offer simple tips, via Internet sites, for families hoping to make healthy and affordable meals.

Also during the interview, the first lady joked about President Obama's reaction to 14-year-old daughter Malia's evolving social life as a teenager.

"There's nothing like the look on his face when Malia dresses up for a party, and she's heading out and he walks past, she walks past him, and you can see his face sort of just drop a little bit," the first lady said of her husband. "It's like, 'Who is that?'"

"He's a little gray. People think the gray is from his job. It's from his children."

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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. AZ Girl

    ~~~> Namerene

    Honey, if that is the best you got for an insult, keep the day job. Or is it projection on your part?

    February 26, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. World Traveler

    Love, love, love Michelle Obama. I shop at the same Target and would love to run into her anytime. Bo can come along. There is a PetSmart just a few doors down from the Target.

    February 26, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    Its funny how much sillyness goes on when in comes to the Black President and his family. LIfe will move on regradless of the White House Rep. We need to be together cause last time I looked the Repulican who is working next to me is not getting anying more than me just because of the political Affilation. If your poor your poor be it Rep or Dem. If your rich your rich be it Rep or Dem. So when that tax problems hit you remember are you filling taxes as a repulican or a democrate cause I've never seen a box to check that catagory, for certain tax breaks. So be foolish and let others take you from your real goal and that is to see Americans and America do well.

    February 26, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Chipster

    It seems to me that just being the President creates a celebrity status but what I think makes the difference with the Obamas is their ages and the ages of their children. Amy Carter was young but the Carters were older than the Obamas. There's a 20 year difference between Amy Carter and her older brother, Jack. Also, the Obama family is physically active and fit. The media treats them as more youthful because they are. The Obamas are a little more like the Kennedys were; active and more youthful.

    February 26, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Sly

    ryche posted:
    grossssss... lets get a real first lady in the white house.. someone with some class... who isn't black. How did we ever elect a white man with some black blood in him?
    ryche ... poor guy, we know you are upset. Now be a good boy and go back to bonking your wife/ (who is also your sister of course). You both will feel a lot better.

    February 26, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    LOOKING VERY GOOD, First Lady Of The United States Of America Mrs Michelle Obama.

    February 26, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. J.R. King

    So how much is it costing the American Tax payer for Michelle to run all over the place? All that money wasted while other federal workers are being laid off or forced to take 4 furlough days a month? Democrats think money grows on trees.

    February 26, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Namerene

    AZ GIRL, what a joke your pres. Is, worst pres. Since carter

    February 26, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. getridofobama

    ... will this DUO never quit bombarding the American public with their self-promotion??? UNbelieveable...

    February 26, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Chipster

    The fixation with President Obama's vacation days is as astonishing as the false information about Presidential vacations. First of all, Presidents take their job with them wherever they go, especially with today's technology. Do you count "relaxation time" at Camp David or not? After all, it is a vacation from the White House but it frequently includes foreign dignitaries and critical negotiations.

    including Camp David
    Reagan – 436 vacation days in 8 years
    Bush #41 – 543 days out of only 4 years
    Bush #43 – 490 days, plus 487 at Camp David
    President Obama's 1st term – 131 days

    President Obama's "vacation days" will be far fewer than any of these previous presidents if the trend continues. Can we just stop this nonsense and admit that Presidents need some relaxation time (yes, even golf and fishing). And please try to comprehend that Presidents PAY for their own vacations. Yes, taxpayers pay for security and related expense but we pay for that no matter where the President goes.

    This petty sniping reveals much more about those doing it than it does about any president. President's take vacations but take their work with them. Get over it!

    February 26, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Grateful

    I am ashamed of these grotesque comments. While the previous President lied about a war that cost us billions of $$s and too many lives, ruined the economy in unprecedented ways -( right, "mission accomplished") – was a travesty! But however I felt about him, which was VERY negative, he was still MY President and there is a line we should not cross. When you disrespect the President of your country, you disrespect your country! Stop it. Everything Obama has done that the Republicans used to love, they vote against – jeopardizing the good of our country to vindicate this new hatred and disrespect. This blatant racism is shameful. How lucky you are to live in this country and enjoy everything we enjoy. Please leave if you cannot show the minimal respect for the highest elected official – chosen by a huge majority I might add.

    February 26, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. freedom

    Interesting that she comments on her bangs and feeling stifled at the White House – and so many are unemployed in this country and are about to be strangled by Obamacare. Priorities? She didn't love her own country until her husband succeeded in manipulating half of it. Let her keep breaking out of the White House – it's revealing her true self.

    February 26, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. sambo

    did you say break out to the refrigerator???

    February 26, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. sambo

    Can't take fair debate??

    February 26, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Larry L

    Sadly, in some ways I have more "respect" for ryche and others who openly demonstrate their ignorant, white-trash, racist beliefs. That's a least more honest than those closet racists – those who desperately seek something negative to say about the President in spite of over whelming facts to the contrary. In the absence of something to say about the President they attack the First Lady – or even the kids. They are weak, cowardly and dishonest....

    February 26, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Leopold Stotch

    She is a disgrace to the White House and America.

    February 26, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. sau sage

    She'll do everything to distract us from her husband's ineffective leadership. Sequestration is at hand and she's been appearing on TV more and more. Anyway, if USA and China were stocks.. I'd put my all my money on China with the current leader. Even a pre-schooler knows that you don't spend more when you have less.

    February 26, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. sau sage

    worst US president and first lady ever.

    February 26, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is nice that she tries to stay connected to the regular people out there like me.

    February 26, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    She's only joking about all of this. Great sense of humor.

    February 26, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    @ Jim

    I'm sure you were smiling with all 15 of your teeth as Laura Bush spoke to the media even if she did look like she was making a commerical for The New Donna Reed Show. The Obama's are INVITED to these events and there are people who have researched and advised them beforehand. Quit being so jealous and looking at everyone through a black and white lense. God does.

    February 26, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    The GOP hates the President so much that they even attack his family. They hate them because they are black

    Please let me add: and the point that THEY MADE IT. They can't be included in the "blacks are lazy, stupid, dependent and violent category". You're not supposed to make it in the mind of a repuclican bigot and they DID. This was NOT supposed to happen. Go O'bama family!

    February 26, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    Correction: God doesn't look at us through a black and white lense.

    February 26, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Nyche is clearly a racist if he seriously thinks this First Family lacks Class. They have oodles more than the Bushes did and in fact far more than the Reagans did. But Nyche has none himself so couldn't recognize it if it bit him in the backside. But Nyche's post is a poorly concealed effort to stir the pot – most 'real' people who feel that way are too polite to say it. Nyche just knows what buttons should be pushed if there are any that work. Only makes himself look silly and pathetic, though.

    February 26, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Old Soldier

    There are always nut jobs on these pages, but tonight there are too many to believe. Presidential families are "prisoners in a gilded cage". They are under microscopic scrutiny; they can't come and go like average people; the spouses and kids are escorted everywhere to ensure their safety (families are easy targets). For those who make generalizations and assumptions out of a lack of knowledge: the First Family pays for meals (Mrs GW Bush mentioned in an article she was shocked to receive bills for meals ordered in the White House soon after asking over the Residence). They are such a lucrative target there is a US Army Chemical Corps team assigned to respond to the White House to sweep, identify, and counter chem/bio/rad (CBRN) agents. They're are also Air Defense Artillery and Field Artillery assets as well as Air Force assets on immediate call for defense against possible attacks (of which there have been many intentional and unintential incidents over the years)

    February 26, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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