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Back in October, your trustworthy hometown boosters here at Washington City Paper pondered the implications of Michelle Obama‘s having made her much-hyped Target outing to one of the chain’s Virginia outposts—despite the fact that the District’s Columbia Heights store is both larger in square footage and closer to the White House. Was the First Lady prowling for swing-state votes? Dissing D.C.? Or disappointingly partial to the suburban layout of Potomac Yards?

Now it seems that both the president and the first dog have gotten into the act, too. On Wednesday, the chief executive took his Portuguese water dog shopping at a Petsmart in the same Potomac Yards area—dealing yet another blow to the District’s fragile retail self-esteem. And what’s so wrong with that? Well, nothing. Except that, according to the trusty folks at Google Maps, that Petsmart is 5.6 miles (or 16 minutes by car) from the White House. The Petco in D.C.’s Cleveland Park, on the other hand, is a mere 2.9 miles (or 10 minutes by car). (Note: Travel times do not factor in having heavily armed secret service agents escorting your car through stoplights.)

First our local abortion rights, now our pet-supply stores!

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Flickr