Posted by: Ann Corcoran | January 31, 2012

The latest White House kerfuffle: Mrs. O’s expensive undies

Did she or didn’t she?  Did Michelle Obama spend $50,000 on a shopping spree at an exclusive New York lingerie store as the UK Telegraph reported earlier?

The White House says NO!  Here is the denial story in the Mail:

The White House today issued an angry denial following claims that Michelle Obama indulged in a $50,000 shopping spree at a luxury lingerie boutique in New York.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph today, Agent Provocateur’s boutique in Madison Avenue, New York, was partially closed off for the U.S. First Lady.

But Kristina Schake, director of communications for First Lady Michelle Obama told MailOnline this morning: ‘This story is 100 per cent false.’


The Telegraph claimed: ‘Michelle Obama has risked the wrath of cash-strapped Americans by indulging in a $50,000 shopping spree at Agent Provocateur…

Maybe it was only $5,000 (or $500), but for Michelle the problem is that because of past extravagances anything is now believable.  The Mail continued:

Mrs Obama has come under fire from critics of late, who have taken issue with her taste for expensive designer labels and lavish parties.

A new book by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, The Obamas, fuelled widespread criticism when it emerged that she had hosted a high-octane Alice in Wonderland Halloween party in 2009, a time when the country was in the midst of a recession.

The expensive wardrobe she packed for her $4million Hawaii Christmas break, including a $2,000 dress and $1,000 skirt, also sparked a reaction.

Come to think of it where were those Occupy Wall Streeters?  If they had been on the job staking out Agent Provocateur and on the lookout for the 1%, we might know if the story is true or not!

Darn! I was planning to direct you to one comment I saw earlier, now buried among the hundreds of comments to both stories, where a commenter remarked that this was a sign that Michelle was having an affair because surely she wouldn’t need expensive undies after having been married to “bamma” (or was it “the bammer”) for a long time.

* Kerfuffle—British synonymous with fuss, hoop-la, furor, blather and lots more fun words!



  1. Guess she should have stuck with Target 😉

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