Washington, D.C. — The president of the free world will celebrate Halloween this year by dressing up as his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama. The move, which surprised both his critics and supporters, was a last-minute decision and the White House wanted to make it clear that the President was not trying to make some kind of “political statement.”
“The President decided to dress up as his wife this year,” said Press Secretary Josh Earnest in an early morning interview. “He’s not trying to make any political statement, he just thought it would be fun and creative. We’ll let the public decide if it was clever or not. I think it’s kinda cute, if you ask me. I haven’t spoken with the First Lady yet about it, but I bet she’ll think it’s funny.”
According to Michelle Obama’s Press Secretary, the First Lady had no official comment, but according to White House insiders close to Ms. Obama, she had little to say about the prank and seemed a little perturbed by the President’s stunt.
“Yeah, the President didn’t tell her he was going to do this,” commented one insider who wished to remain anonymous. “He got up early this morning and put on one of her dresses and what-not. I think she’s kinda pissed off that he’s wearing her favorite pearls.”
Even though the president has denied that his actions have anything other than a playful whimsy to them, some have seized upon the President’s prank for political ends.
“Look at this moron,” said Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump from a campaign stop in rural Pennsylvania. “He’s uglier than Ted Cruz now. He’s quite possibly the ugliest woman out there right now. Worse than Rosie O’Donnell. On the upside, he makes Hillary look somewhat pretty.”
Reaction from the global political community was mixed.
“I think he looks rather good as Michelle,” said German Chancellor Andrea Merkel. “I’m not sure I would have chosen that dress. I mean, it makes him look like that guy. You know his name? That wrestler? Giant Andre or something? But as far as a man looking like a woman, he’s done pretty well.”
Not every foreign leader was as gracious as Chancellor Merkel. Some criticized the President’s whimsy at a time when parts of the words are tumbling into chaos.
“President Obama is playing a fool’s game,” said Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin through a translator. “It’s further evidence of America’s weakness. America’s days are numbered as the global hegemony.”
Despite the criticism, the President has even bigger plans for next year just before the General Election.
“The President is really excited about how this all turned out,” continued Secretary Earnest. “He’s already talking about next year and how he might dress-up as a bowl of Hawaiian Punch or a Duracell battery.”