First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Radici by Eastern Market

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  • That second picture of everyone snapping a pic with their phones…I don’t know why, but it just seems creepy – like everyone is being remotely controlled to raise their arms in unison…

    • Ashy Oldlady

      I thought the same thing. If you didn’t know everybody was holding up a phone, it might look eerily like Berlin circa-1940.

      • Yes and no. The first lady has frequently been a person with a high degree of influence – Jackie Kennedy was an icon of her time and people followed her every move to emulate her style and taste, which at the time would have been reading about her, watching her on TV, etc. I think this is just the modern version of that.

    • SilverSpringGal

      I had a similar thought – that it looks like they’re saluting her somehow.

    • Ally

      I agree. It was really disturbing for a first lady just out for some food. I don’t think I could have been one of these people contributing to that. I know it’s a grey area, though. No judgment.

  • It’s ALL a bit creepy. Let the woman enjoy her lunch in peace, fer cryin’ out loud!

    • Ally

      +1000. Seriously. Is the photo you get of her from a distance worth the chaos you’re causing to someone who could probably really use some normalcy…

      • That’s how I feel about it. I only live one block away, but didn’t see the point in going out in the cold just to catch a glimpse of her. I guess I’ve really become a jaded Washingtonian.

  • why go there on an extraordinarily busy Sun afternoon? Radici had to close 3 hours prior to her arrival, so I hope she made it worth their while aside from the publicity. Had she gone for lunch on any random weekday she probably would have gone mostly unnoticed.

    • They were closed from 11:15-3:30. She arrived at 12:30 along with many other guests. They closed only 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to her arrival.

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