First lady Michelle Obama has never been shy about wanting America to get moving to get fit and healthy. To promote her "Let's Move" campaign on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Friday, the president's No. 1 gal proved that getting active can be fun and funny -- for both parents and their children.
In a segment titled "Evolution of Mom Dancing," the late-night host -- dressed up in a soccer mom outfit complete with brunette wig, khakis and a pink cardigan -- and Mrs. Obama busted out some hilarious aerobic dance moves. Among them: the "Go Shopping, Get Groceries," the "Just the Hands Part of 'Single Ladies,' " the "Where's Your Father? (Get Him Back Here!)" and several more heart-healthy struts that Mama Fallon couldn't keep up with.
During his monologue, the funnyman joked that there was so much security at his "Late Night" studio for the first lady that on his way in, he "was grabbed, frisked and groped -- then I was like, 'All right, Kathie Lee! Enough. I have to get back to work."
He also had a fun little fun at the Vice President's expense, saying of Michelle Obama's appearance, "I heard they're even letting Biden stay up to watch. Isn't that nice?"
As dignitaries, donors and deal makers flooded into Washington, D.C. for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, his wife headlined an event that boasted its own considerable star power, while transcending the partisan warfare that has engulfed the city.
In the main, cavernous room of the Washington Convention Center, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted the Kids' Inaugural Concert, thrown for and in honor of the children of military families nationwide.
The event was officially emceed by "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, who stood in front of four massive screens stretching the horizontal length of the ballroom, drenched with projection-illuminated stars and set with light blue columns that suggest the capital is a friendly place worthy of the grandeur described in the kids' textbooks.
Usher led off the concert with a string of his biggest hits. Perhaps because he has earned universal awareness among elementary school students through his mentorship of Justin Bieber, the Grammy-winner was greeted by dancing children of all ages; there were four-year-olds standing on their chairs, humming along and bending their knees, often holding hands with their mothers.
Like many that followed, Usher gave a pep talk about the importance of youth activism, and the value of the sacrifices that military children make; it was a seemingly sincere tribute, and was repeated through video messages from stars such as those from Disney Channel's "Shake It Up"; Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush"; the hit boy band The Wanted; Jimmy Fallon (who deadpanned and called himself One Direction's Harry Styles); Ellen DeGeneres (who drew massive cheers); and David Letterman, whose smiling words were met with absolute confused silence, an ironic highlight for any adult in the room.
Several cast members from "Glee" -- Darren Criss, Naya Rivera and Amber Riley -- earned their own raucous cheers, as they performed an acoustic song each. Riley's rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" was a particular hit.
Among the more notable details: the concession stand in the back -- more like just a few food carts -- carried both fresh fruit and ice cream. For a first lady that has promoted healthy eating among children, it was a compromise in a special celebratory occasion.
Obama and Biden took the stage near the end, calling in groups of military kids on video chats broadcast on the big screens. The first lady in particular was earnest in her words, appealing to all ages.
"You see, when we said we wanted to host a concert to honor our military kids, let me tell you, everyone wanted to be here. Usher wanted to be here," she said. "Katy Perry wanted to be here. Nick Cannon, the folks from 'Glee,' and all the other amazing performers -- they wanted to be here, too. And let me tell you, they’re not here for me. They’re not here for Dr. Biden. They are here for all of you. Because they know the kind of sacrifices that you all make every single day."
Soon after, Perry took the stage, in her trademark Uncle Sam-style corset, with a full band and backup singers behind her. She sang for songs -- "Teenage Dream," "Part of Me," "Wide Awake" and "Firework," the last of which was played in front of a photo montage of President Obama with children -- gave the one semi-political moment of the night, celebrating "four more years" of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Dressed as a parody of an artist, Beck pointed to a copy of the Constitution and said, "That document means I can't stop (the artist), and the spirit of that document is that I shouldn't try."
After painting clothing on replicas of some famous nudes, Beck then walked to a large jar of yellow liquid, calling it "my own specially brewed CountryTime, if you will."
Placing a bobblehead of a flag-draped Obama in the jar, Beck called the president the "savior of mankind" and announced, "this is when icon and art come together." He labeled the jar with a pricetag of $25,000.
"So whether you're offended by this one or by this one," he said, indicating the Obama jar and a framed copy of the painting showing Obama in the crucifixion pose, "Sucks to be you, doesn't it? Welcome to America."
He then said if the original project sold, he would make another one featuring "Michelle Obama and her little abs."
On Wednesday's show, Beck was given a letter from eBay, where bidding on the jar had topped $11,000. The letter said the auction had been removed because it contained "bodily waste." The liquid was revealed on Beck's website to be beer, not urine.
"But everybody on the left, they are so open and tolerant, and they just don't like it when people complain about taking the image of the savior and putting him in pee pee," Beck said. "But the savior Obama in pee pee? Oh no, that's just too much."
First Lady Michelle Obama reveals how the president encourages their kids to at least pretend to pay attention at big events.
Ask any teens about their parents' jobs and you're bound to get some shrugged shoulders and thoroughly disinterested looks. And it doesn't seem to matter what line of work you're in. Evidently even the position of commander-in-chief isn't enough to hold a typical teen's attention.
On Thursday night, First Lady Michelle Obama visited "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and admitted that daughters Sasha and Malia sometime require a little pushing to make sure they at least fake interest in Dad's leader-of-the-free-world gig.
"They're great kids," she told Kimmel. "I mean, we are so blessed, and they have been so poised and gracious through these ups and downs that this life offers them."
But that doesn't mean they don't get bored.
"Well, they're still teenagers, so you know, they don't have a poker face," Obama added.
But every so often, when it's really important, the president does his best to keep them interested -- of at least keep them looking interested.
"The one thing he cares about is, 'Just look like you're listening to me.' That was his instruction before he gave his speech at the DNC," she recalled. "We’re backstage, and they’re playing around, and they’re laughing, and they’re giggling, and he said, ‘Just act like you’re listening to me!’”
Over on “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart was interested in both presidential candidates and how they related to songs from current reality TV show judges. “Barack Obama is saying to the electorate ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time,’ while Mitt Romney is perhaps saying 'I’m a Genie in a Bottle, Baby,'" quipped Stewart.
If only the candidates actually did sing those songs at political stops rather than giving the same old stump speeches, the campaign coverage on the news would be a lot more fun to watch.
But instead, both Stewart and Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report" focused more on political arguments, with each having high-profile guest on their shows on Thursday.
Stewart interviewed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. She had some good zingers, but wasn’t interested in a comedy routine with Stewart as much as she was focused on getting her message out.
Pelosi took Stewart’s point that the odds are against Democrats taking the House, but said “That’s what they say, but that’s why we have elections. It’s not determined by the pundits, but by the people.”
She also portrayed this election as a stark choice between political philosophies, particularly on issues like abortion and the future of social security and medicare. “It’s about shared values. It’s not about having a job, it’s about doing a job for the American people,” she said.
Colbert interviewed outgoing Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, a Republican who like Colbert himself has a book to promote: “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans.”
“Do I have to trust all Americans? Because it’s my understanding that 47% of Americans are parasites,” Colbert asked.
Daniels tried to avoid taking the political bait, as the point of the book is that politicians need to trust people enough to let them make their own choices. “A lot of politicians on both sides think don’t think that American can handle the truth,” Daniels said, although he regrettably did not use that line to channel Jack Nicholson’s character in “A Few Good Men.”
Colbert also pointed out that many candidates write a book as a prelude to seeking higher office. That’s something Daniels decided not to do. But Colbert told him it wasn’t too late.
“There are still 12 days left. That’s longer than the entire Tim Pawlenty campaign,” he said.
More on Mourdock
Both Stewart and Colbert mined some additional comedy out of Indiana Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments on rape and abortion.
Stewart pointed out that Romney still endorses the Republican candidate. “Not often do you hear someone say ‘I disagree on your views about rape and incest but … not a dealbreaker,’” he said.
Such an endorsement was not given by Daniels, the outgoing Republican governor of Indiana. He said that when he agreed to become President of Purdue University once his term ends in January 2013, he also agreed to become “a political noncombatant” and stay out of that line of punditry.
First Lady Michelle Obama visited "The Daily Show" Tuesday night.
By Chiderah Monde
Michelle Obama stopped by "The Daily Show" Tuesday night, not only to promote her new book on gardening and eating right, but to chat candidly with Jon Stewart about everything from her husband’s college years to how much she loves Vice President Joe Biden.
Amidst all the jokes about making our children eat their vegetables, Stewart asked a few questions about the Obamas as a couple, especially about how they met.
After all the media reports of President Barack Obama’s wily college years, Stewart asked the first lady about what he was like when she met the guy that would later become president.
“I think when he lost his father that was one of those click-in moments,” she said, “I think he transferred schools, went to Columbia and that's when he got really serious about thinking about how would he use his life to the fullest.”
They even got into the would-be elephant in the room between the happy couple -- the fact that the first lady has a higher approval rating than her husband. “In just marital relationships, in just arguing… how do you not use that (against him)?” Stewart laughed.
But Obama said, "I don't wield it over him." After all, she’s seen first-hand what it takes to be a president -- and her husband gets all of the hard judgment calls.
“And is it hard to raise a kid around Biden?” Stewart laughed, referring to how loose the vice president has been known to be with his language at times. “He's the uncle that comes over and you're like 'oh you brought them guns'”
Mrs. Obama laughed, but maintains that she loves “uncle” Joe Biden. “No, he's a great vice-president and a great friend. My kids hang around him, and I'm good with it. “
Meanwhile on "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert would like the world to know that he is much prettier than we all are.
The late-night host, who has been absent from his usual time slot for the past two weeks (and as a result couldn’t brag in real-time), came back and delivered the news that matters most to the average American: The segment called "Who’s Honoring Me Now?" -- "me" being him.
Colbert began humbly with his acceptance of his second Peabody Award for broadcast excellence, but it paled in comparison to the real honor. He is now one of the hottest women in the world.
“I am the first man to make Maxim’s Hottest Women in the World,” he boasted. “Finally these child-bearing hips are paying off! … I am the Rosa Parks of men that Maxim wants to see back up that bus.”
According to Maxim’s list Colbert is hotter than Nicki Minaj, Sofia Vergara, and he’s even hotter than the 3.3 billion other women in the world. But we shouldn’t feel bad, he said, because this is proof that women don’t need to be busty or skinny to be hot. We should all just aspire to look as good as Stephen Colbert.
For the first time since President Obama took the Oval Office, Stephen Colbert welcomed First Lady Michelle Obama to his show Wednesday night. It was their second interview on “The Colbert Report” in four years, and a chance for the political pundit to hash over a few items on his own agenda with the diplomatic ingénue.
“The first time you were on this show, you were not the First Lady, now you are; that’s called ‘The Colbert bump,’” the talk show host pointed out. “As someone who has appeared on both my show and also on “iCarly,” which one of us has more gravitas?”
“That’s a tough one,” Obama laughed. “iCarly is about 16 and she’s real deep.”
Obama was appearing on Colbert’s nightly program to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her organization, Joining Forces, an effort she began with Jill Biden to assist the families of war veterans. Known also for her work challenging childhood obesity, Colbert asked his guest how she happened to pick her personal agendas, and what advancements she’d made to date.
“When I was campaigning, I got to meet all these military families, and I was awed by their sacrifice,” Obama explained. “They’re moving more than the average American family, their children are changing schools nine to 10 times in their educational careers, and they do it with grace, without complaint ... I said on the campaign trail, if I had the opportunity… I would be their voice and tell their story.”
Colbert outlined the struggle of U.S. military veterans to find work in a brief segment titled “The Word,” in which he brought out a marine and trained him to take over his pundit chair. While the satirist admitted he didn’t know many military families, as they were not in “the one percent that belong to my tennis club,” he talked to Obama about how she was personally tackling the unemployment rate among war vets.
“People have really been stepping up in some amazing ways, hiring our veterans, and providing wonderful opportunities for spouses,” she said. “Employment is a key issue. We’re seeing unemployment decrease in significant rates, but until we get to zero, we still have a lot of work to do.”
She continued. “These are people who bring in skills that affect the bottom line of companies. They’re the most highly skilled, highly trained, disciplined people.”
Or, as Colbert pointed out, they provide an inspirational role to their colleagues.
“Another great reason to hire someone who was in the military at your private business is the stories he has to tell about his previous job. It really makes all the inter-office complaining sound trivial,” he added.
Obama agreed. “It’s hard to be a whiner around a veteran.”
Though their discussion stayed primarily on topic, Colbert did not pass up an opportunity to get in a few jibes on the Commander-in-Chief. He asked the First Lady about the likelihood her husband was watching the broadcast, something she replied he might be “deeply concerned” about.
The host also addressed Obama’s overwhelming national admiration, and whether she was ever able to use it for leverage with the President.
“Do you every lord over the President the fact that you’re more popular?” The talk show host questioned.
“I might do that when I get home,” she laughed, quickly following it up with an affirmation. “I am endorsing Barack Obama. I think he’ll be a phenomenal president. I think he’s done a wonderful job so far. He’s my man.”
First Lady Michelle Obama goes on a secret shopping mission to Target, in a photo shown on "Late Night."
By Chiderah Monde
On Monday night, in her first appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman," a very upbeat First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with the host to talk largely about her family life -- but also about a secret shopping run she made to Target.
Obama dished on the structure of her home life with the president, her love for Bo the dog, and her tween daughters Sasha and Malia. Letterman covered all bases, from life with her high-profile hubby, to the things she did for fun as a kid.
The interview turned out to be surprisingly sentimental, especially when the conversation turned to the first lady’s upbringing in the South side of Chicago and when Letterman asked about her parents. On the topic of her dad, who had multiple sclerosis, Obama shared, “I never knew him to be able to walk, but my dad worked so hard and he loved us so much. ... We had rules, we had boundaries, but there wasn’t anything my dad wouldn’t do for us, and -- don’t make me cry!”
Clearly Mrs. O didn’t expect to turn on the waterworks during a Letterman interview, so she fought the tears back with more laughs. “This isn’t 'Oprah!'” she exclaimed, “It’s supposed to be 'Letterman.' What’s up? Where are the laughs?!”
As she’s done on other late night shows, Obama showed off her sense of humor; joking about her secret trip to Target -- recounting the story of a woman who she thought recognized her under a disguise (only to find out the woman just wanted her to reach for some detergent).
Looking for the best thing on late night TV Tuesday? No sweat. Or, perhaps more accurately -- sweat. Jimmy Fallon's fitness competition with First Lady Michelle Obama on "Late Night" was the highlight.
Fallon said he was inspired by Obama's exhortations to be healthier, but after he heard her say that it's hard to inspire our children to get up and move when they see us lying on the couch watching TV, he had one bone to pick: "Yes, exercise is important, but it's also important to be back on that couch at 12:37 so you can watch this show," he said.
The first lady's "Let's Move" campaign has sent her on the talk show rounds recently, and she's proved that she can take on just about any television host. Last week, she beat Ellen DeGeneres in a push-up competition. Tuesday night, Fallon visited her at the White House for a potato-sack race, hula hoops swing-off, dodge ball toss, Tug-o-War and a session of push-ups.
Needless to say, the FLOTUS beat Fallon soundly. And bonus: Bo, the Obama family's adorably fluffy dog, also made a cameo.
As Fallon noted at the end, it's about having fun -- it doesn't matter whether you won or lost. But Obama had a different perspective: "It matters."
Also Tuesday night, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum shocked everyone with a sweep of the GOP presidential contests in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota, beating frontrunner Mitt Romney.
On "Live!," Jimmy Kimmel pointed out the fact that the Missouri primary was a waste of everyone's time (that is, since none of the state's delegates were awarded last night). Kimmel then went on to laud Newt Gingrich for staying in the race. After all the reports of infidelity, this is turning out to be the one commitment that Gingrich has been able to stick with, Kimmel joked.
Kimmel also pointed to a recent comment from Romney that Americans were the "only people on Earth" who put their hands over their hearts when hearing their national anthem -- and then Kimmel showed a number of photos of non-Americans doing just that, and introduced an alleged campaign ad Romney has put out that seemed a little "shaky" on the details: America has the tallest mountain in the world -- Mt. Rushmore; America has the biggest city on the planet, Houston. You get the idea. Nothing like a little hyperbole to kick the campaign into high gear, eh?
And for those who are wondering where Jon and Stephen went -- "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" aren't running fresh shows this week. Maybe they're off figuring out what to do with all that Super PAC money.