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Michelle Obama: I Try to Sneak Out 'as Much as Possible' With Trips to Starbucks, Baskin-Robbins


"Plenty of people have been in Baskin-Robbins a number of times..."

First lady Michelle Obama's trip to a D.C.-area Target in September was captured by an Associated Press photographer. (AP Photo/Charlie Dharapak)

First lady Michelle Obama talked more about her recent shopping excursion to a D.C.-area Target, revealing on the "Today Show" that she tries to sneak out of the White House "as much as possible" with trips to Starbucks, Chipotle and even Baskin-Robbins.

Obama told NBC's Al Roker that she once took the family's dog Bo to pet care superstore Petco without being recognized by a single person.

"The cashier asked me, 'Oh, what kind of dog is that?' I said, 'A Portuguese water dog.' He didn't recognize us because he didn't expect that we would be in Petco," Obama said in an interview that aired Wednesday.

Though she said the cashier eventually realized his famous customer, such hasn't been the case when she's gone out for coffee or a burrito -- or ice cream.

"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," Obama said. "Plenty of people have been in Baskin-Robbins a number of times, you know how the kids aren't really paying attention, they're looking right through you, they don't know it's me," Obama said.

Obama, who has made tackling childhood obesity her signature issue, has been mocked for some of her own high-calorie snacking while encouraging restaurants to cut fat from their food.

Obama told Roker the trips "help keep our kids' lives normal."

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