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 Sunday Telegraph yesterday, 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.’
Sure, it just doesn’t look right for these (ahem) middle-class warriors to be caught spending lavishly. And they’re caught time and time again.
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.
One comment on the Naked DC site read: ‘She claims to be a champion of the poor and a fellow bargain shopper, but yet, here she is, sporting a dress that no unemployed American can afford.
‘For someone who says she understands the troubles of the American people, who claims to shop at Target, she certainly fails to show it.’
Come to think of it, that choreographed trip to Target sure looks like some pre-emptive damage control.