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Obama Goes Shopping for His Kids at Best Buy

President Barack Obama, a multimillionaire with millions more to be earned following his presidency, went Christmas present shopping for Malia and Sasha today at Best Buy.

Obama rode out of the White House midday for an unscheduled trip to the Washington suburbs, landing first at another discount store – a Pet Smart – where he bought something for his dog Bo. Then he went to Best Buy, and then he picked up some pizza.

Obama’s “average Joe” shopping show follows a trip by Michelle Obama to Target a couple of months back, where an Associated Press photographer mysteriously appeared and took photos of her checking out at the counter like a regular gal.

The president had the entire White House press pool in tow, as he always does.

Obama let the middle class veneer slip just a bit though by paying for Bo’s items with a $50 bill.

From the pool report:

Presidential motorcade left a soggy South Lawn at 12:45 p.m. for shopping and lunch amidst the legislative chaos. Fourteen minutes later the motorcade arrived at Potomac Yards in Alexandria, where the President headed into the Pet Smart store. By the time the pool was allowed in a shirtsleeved POTUS was at a checkout counter with Bo, who appeared to be sizing up a small brown “standard poodle” named Cinnamon, according to the dog’s owner.

“Okay, Bo, don’t get too personal here,” POTUS admonished, holding tightly to Bo’s leash. He pulled out a $50 bill to pay for two items, one a large dog bone. Total was slightly more than $41.

After a quick stroll POTUS entered the nearby Best Buy at 1:10 p.m. “This (stop) for the girls now,” he said as he went in.

After a round of handshaking he headed straight to the Wii section, where he bought a Just Dance game for his daughters. (It might have been a Just Dance 3 since there was a big yellow 3 below the words)

“The girls beat me every time on these dance games,” he said, “but you’ll never get a picture of me (playing) because I get graded F every time.”

He also bought a pair of $50 iTunes gift cards and an unidentified game. Tab came to $194.48. “Let’s see if my credit card still works,” he said. It did.

After more grip-and-grins outside, motorcade left at 1:21 p.m. Nine minutes later, POTUS arrived via side streets at intersection of East Del Ray and Mount Vernon to pick up some pies at the Del Ray Pizzeria. More handshakes, a little sports banter…

Pool ushered out. Minutes later POTUS emerged with three large pizzas. Then he worked the crowd on all four corners of the intersection plus a fifth cluster of squealing well-wishers a bit further down Del Ray.

Motorcade including Bo rolling at 1:48, arriving South Lawn 2:05 p.m.

And – POTUS dutifully ignored all efforts by poolers to engage him on the payroll tax imbroglio.

78 Responses to Obama Goes Shopping for His Kids at Best Buy

  1. I couldn’t afford anything for my dogs this year, let alone something that cost 41 bucks. If I spend that kind of money on them it’s for medications.

  2. Just imagine if he HAD left for Hawaii on time. Bo, Moo and the kids would still have gotten their gifts from similar stores in Hawaii but that pizza place would have been without his economic stimulus. Thank you, Consumer in Chief!

  3. “And – POTUS dutifully ignored all efforts by poolers to engage him on the payroll tax imbroglio”

    Oh, I think Drudge reported he placed a phone call to Boehner admonishing him for not working hard enough.

  4. did they “pre-screen” all the shoppers in the stores before Obama showed up? because you would not want any lowly citizens asking Obama a real question about his terrible so-called leadership.

  5. We’ve read reports from legitimate news outlets that the Obamas do NOT exchange Christmas gifts or birthday gifts. MrsO has been reported as saying that they make recipients of any gifts “perform” some act before they can open their gift.

    IMO, he was not buying Christmas gifts, he was just doing some shopping.
    Like all sitting POTUS’ do.

    • Srdem,
      In some ways that is very disturbing. “Gifts” are something that come from the heart, no matter what the occasion. To think that, in order to get your gift, you need to “perform” something, to me, shows a certain level of pettiness or being a control freak.

      I hate to see what these girls are going to be like when they grow up. They will end up as one of the “meany girls” we all knew in high school. The ones that always looked down at you because you didn’t have the latest style or treated their boyfriends like crap if they didn’t jump through their psychologically deranged games.

  6. He is as phony as they come! Pet Smart and Best Buy. I know kids who aren’t getting gifts at all and $41 on a dog how about donating in the dog and
    girls name to a food pantry to teach them about REALITY! Never happen.
    MO and the girls toured an organic farm in Hawaii. Most American’s can’t
    afford to buy organic it’s far to costly but they just toured the farm. Oh Lord
    let them be gone in 2012 and the little dog too!

    • This is how much of an out of touch elitist BHO is – while going on this b.s. photo opp to show he’s just like us, he buys a dog chew toy for $24.99. What a joke! (Total bill: $41 for two items).

      One one hand The White House prompts Americans to tweet their sad stories about what a hardship $40 a paycheck is if the tax cut isn’t extended and what they would buy with that money. But, on the other hand, this PO(TU)S blows $41 on two items for his dog.

      Are they really this stupid? Or do they just think most Americans are that stupid?

  7. Ubama is Mr. Average, just not in the way he wants that definition to be. In fact, at best, he’s an average President (more likely 4th from the bottom, not 4th from the top). Uttering his own name in the same breath as Lincoln is downright disgraceful and delusional.

    Average intelligence, average personality, average golf game, less than average work ethic, above average huckster.

  8. Back in Hawaii Michelle was spotting grazing yesterday at the MaʻO Organic Farms.

    Although as I understand there are no official events scheduled for her “private” family vacation she still has time to promote her let’s MOOve campaign.

    Apparently no expense was spared this year, with Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass also being included on the flight manifest of WH staff coming to Hawaii.

    Hawaii Vacation: Michelle Obama Brings Daughters, Sam Kass To MaʻO Organic Farms:

    • No, he’s not. That’s the problem. We should have a President that isn’t equal parts pedestrian and bitter. We can, and will, do better than these two clowns next November.

  9. “The girls beat me every time on these dance games,” he said, “but you’ll never get a picture of me (playing) because I get graded F every time.”

    This is yet another of Obama’s freudian comments – like when he said “we need to dig ourselves out of a hole.” Who digs out of a hole?

  10. “three large pizzas”…..
    Do you suppose he ate them all himself?!!!!

    It’s interesting that he fails “dancing with the girls”: We know he throws like a girl and bikes like a girl and then there’s those ‘mom’ pants he likes….

    Ohhh the sights we have seen. No wonder I have baby cataracts!

  11. And once again no consideration for the little people who have to be swept out of the store a few days before Christmas just so he can pretend to be one of us. I just can’t stand it anymore.

    • That’s exactly what I was thinking! PetSmart, Best Buy, pizza – how many people had to be inconvenienced and delayed when they were trying to get some shopping done four days before Christmas, just because this PO(TU)S needed a photo opp?

  12. “Let’s see if my credit card still works,” he said.

    He wasn’t sure since he has paid for NOTHING for three years now, instead using taxpayer money for EVERYTHING, to include 4 MILLION DOLLAR vacations for the Mooch.

  13. My dad NEVER had time to go shopping for Christmas presents because he was always working but OUR president has the time. What does that tell you?!!

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