Michelle Obama hasn’t exactly come out to say that that photo of her at Target wasn’t staged, but she will say this: She takes secret trips off the White House grounds a lot more often than you would think.
The First Lady told The Today Show‘s Al Roker that she’ll take any opportunity to get away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — even if she’s just going on a coffee run. And until an Associated Press photographer snapped her picture at Target late last month, most people were none the wiser.
“I do that more frequently than people realize. And it’s amazing how people don’t recognize you. They don’t expect to see me at Starbucks or Chipotle … We try to sneak out as much as possible, and it helps keep our kids’ lives normal.”
We don’t even like Chipotle, but we love that our First Lady loves fast food burritos — and getting out of her intensely public, ritzy gilded cage every now and again. Obama said she once even took Bo, the First Dog, to PetCo, and the cashier didn’t realize who either customer was until the First Lady handed over her credit card.
So where will you spot her next? Probably not at Costco. Watch her explain why below: