Roman Holiday is a delightful 1953 movie, starring Gregory Peck and the enchanting Audrey Hepburn, about a princess who briefly rebelled against the strictures of royal life by slipping out of her country’s embassy to experience the city of Rome as a commoner.
On September 29, 2011, Moochelle slipped out of the suffocating White House to shop incognito in a Target department store in Alexandria, VA.
It just so happened that an AP photographer, Charles Dharapak, was also shopping in Target and took this snapshot. What a koinkeedink!
After this photo hit the news, the White House admitted in a statement to the press that it is not uncommon for Moochelle to slip out without her husband to run an errand or go to a restaurant.
As reported by Krissah Thompson for The Washington Post, Michelle Obama’s excursion to Target in Alexandria “is part of a pattern by the first lady: She gets out of the bubble as often as she can.” In fact, in addition to Target, she had also gone shopping with friends at Tysons Corner that day. Thompson writes:
Since the family arrived in Washington in January 2009, the first lady has made time to slip away and she has often spoken about a desire to enjoy the city unencumbered.
“I would love, and so would the president, to be able to walk up and down the Mall, not at night but in the middle of the day, when there are millions of people there, and experience it in the way that you’re used to experiencing it,” she told Conde Nast Traveler last year. “Even a simple dinner date snarls traffic for blocks.”
Moochelle’s hubby has his network of Attack Watch informants. FOTM has our network too! We just received this exclusive pic.
Shhhhhh. Unlike the AP, your “Roman holiday” is safe with us. Wink, wink. We promise we won’t tell!
H/t the very naughty Miss May.