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Michelle Obama: "I'm Breaking Out" in Second Term. Rogue Target run?

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WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama on a swing to promote the third anniversary of her "Let's Move" program--she hits Chicago on Thursday--told ABC's Robin Robert she is determined to be "breaking out" in the next four years.

Mrs. Obama spoke about her anti-childhood obesity project, the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton near the family Kenwood home, Malia becoming a teen-ager and her yearning--she was joking-- to shake her Secret Service agents, put on a disguise and go shopping.

"Going to Target for me is like a dream, you know? That one time I went, you noticed it created a stir. I'm gonna do it again, doggone it," Mrs. Obama said in the ABC interview, broadcast on Tuesday.

"Next four years, I'm going out. I'm breaking out. I'm gonna disguise Bo. I'm gonna put on a coat. I'm gonna take a walk, and my agents won't know a thing. Don't tell 'em," she joked.

Oldest daughter Malia turns 15 in July and Roberts noted how President Barack Obama had joked about her starting to date.

Roberts asked, "Is he really concerned about that?

Replied Mrs. Obama, "No. I mean, I think he likes to -- you know, fathers, in particular, I don't think they really know how they're going to feel until it happens. You know, there's nothing like the look on his face when Malia dresses up for a party and she's heading out and she walks past. She walks past him, and you can see his face sort of just drop. It's like, "What was that?"

"You know, he's a little gray. People think the gray is from his job. It's from his children. So we'll see how that goes."

Mrs. Obama and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett returned to Chicago on Feb. 9 to attend Hadiya Pendleton's funeral.

On her death and gun violence, Mrs. Obama said,"Hadiya was an honor student. One of the things her mother said at this funeral, she said, you know, "I did everything I was supposed to do." And she was absolutely right. She did everything she was supposed to do. She was standing out in a park with her friends in a neighborhood blocks away from where my kids grew up, where our house is, and she was caught in the line of fire.

"I just don't want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first."

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