What would the first lady do if the Secret Service would let her do it?
“I would walk out of the door of the White House like a regular person, walk down the street, go the drug store, go to CVS, go in there, go shop,” Michelle Obama said on ABC’s late-night “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“I’d go buy my toiletries, I’d pay money, I’d get a receipt,” she said, with a hint of the details she gets to avoid at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “Yes, and then I’d go sit on the park bench and just watch people.”
It must be “so boring” for the kids, comedian Kimmel suggested.
“They’re still teenagers, so they don’t have a poker face — especially when we do events,” she said of daughters Sasha and Malia, then imitating the hang-dog face of a bored teenager. Before the president’s acceptance speech for his party’s nomination in Charlotte this year, she said, her husband told the girls: “Just act like you’re listening to me.”
“They have a very normal life,” she said — they even go trick-or-treating (Sasha this year, not the older Malia).
(Halloween fact-check: We can verify that claim, one of our correspondents having chanced upon some costumed kids escorted by tall men with earpieces in their ears on a street far from the White House one recent Halloween.)