What do you do if you need some organic Asian pears and Tuscan kale for dinner? You have the Secret Service shut down three streets near the White House, bring out bomb-sniffing dogs and install magnetometers. Then, you hop into your armored limo for a one block ride to a fruit market. Well, that's what Michelle Obama did. It is good to be King. Well, it's good to be the King's wife.
The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.