Michelle Obama flexes her muscles to help military families
May 9th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

Michelle Obama flexes her muscles to help military families

By White House Producers Shawna Shepherd and Bonney Kapp

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The first lady gave up the secret behind her toned arms as she encouraged military families to get more active.

As Michelle Obama rolled out "Let's Move!" commitments for National Guard and Reserve families, she gave a shout-out to her personal trainer, Cornell McClellan.

"If anybody wants to know who’s responsible for these arms - it’s that guy," said Mrs. Obama. "And it is always helpful to have somebody else pushing you - because let me tell you, there are times when my rational mind says it’s enough, and he says no it’s not."

As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama announced that immediate family members of actively deployed National Guard and Reserve members will get access to gym memberships and personal training so they can pursue a healthier lifestyle – and maybe be able to match the first lady's buff arms.

In addition to training the first lady, McClellan also serves on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. He and other council members led children and some adults in a series of exercise activities on the South Lawn of the White House Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Obama, joined by Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes, basketball player Grant Hill, figure skater Michelle Kwan, tennis legend Billie Jean King, and other members of the President's Council, thanked military families in the crowd for their service.

"We know that when our troops serve, you all serve.  And I think that it’s time that we started serving you in return," she said. "It’s time we started doing everything as a country that we can do to show our gratitude for your contributions to this nation."

The initiative, announced Monday, includes three components:

1. The International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association is offering more than 100,000 free memberships to immediate family members of actively deployed National Guard and Reserve members.

2. The American Council on Exercise will provide at least one million hours of free personal training and instruction to the same group of families.

"I mean, what more - free gym membership!  A trainer!  No excuse," she exclaimed.

3. Members of the Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition will conduct a series of events and outreach with military families all across the country.

Mrs. Obama said that NASCAR driver Carl Edwards would be visiting military bases to talk fitness, and that former New England Patriot Teddy Bruschi is on his way to Mount Kilimanjaro to hike the mountain with a team of wounded warriors.

Before demonstrating some dance moves to Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair," Mrs. Obama encouraged the crowd to get moving.

"Movement doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive," she said. "It’s a walk in the park. It’s a run around the park. It’s dancing in the living room."

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Jay in NC

    Whenever children are present, like a compulsive molester, The First Date finds a way to subject them to sex, hate and racism.

    Here are two examples.

    April 28 at the White House, during a take your child to work day, she fielded a wide range of questions from kids. When asked what was her 'favorite first book' she answered Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. SOS is a hate-filled, book about teenage sex, teenage drinking, murder, suicide and molestation. Most of the characters refer to each other as Ni**er, and use such language that if I dared type one sentence here, I would be banned from CNN. One guy, Milkman, named because his mother suckled him until age 5, lays on his back in bed dreaming of ways to 'kill little white girls.' The kids in the audience are clearly way too young to be exposed to such a hate-filled and racist book.
    Here is the link: http://whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/28/first-lady-fields-wide-ranging-questions-from-kids/

    May 9th, National Guard Reserve families and The First Date, exercising. Sounds positive, yet she could not leave well enough alone. She is on a mission to force her personal brand of hate and racism on children. This time it was in the form of a song, Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair". Willow is the 9 year old daughter of actor Will Smith. The Washington Post questioned the age-appropriateness and the decision of her parents to push her into the spotlight. Here are some of the lyrics.

    Weather it's black stars, black cars, I am feeling it
    But no other do it like I do
    I, I gets it in hmmm yea I go hard
    When they see me pull up I whip it real hard
    I whip it real hard, real hard, I whip it real hard.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  2. Pebbles

    I have small children, a house and a yard to care for. I am fortunate, in this economy, to have a part-time job as I struggle to make ends meet. The first lady shows her support for the National Guard by giving...free gym memberships? wow.

    I spend my time chasing kids, cleaning the house, mowing grass, waiting on customers. And the first lady says "Movement doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive." We go without many things, exercise is not one of them.

    Instead of "let them eat cake" she says "what more – free gym membership! A trainer! No excuse." All as she brags about having her own personal trainer, the secret behind her toned arms. She is insensitive, vain, selfish, and completely out of touch with ordinary women.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Shocked

    Jay in NC people like you take things out of contexts, Your comments are clearly from a sad confused mind. You the type exactly person who would have a problem with Mrs. Obama if she said her favorite book was little red riding hood. You make it seems that she invites children to the white and turn them into some sort of race hating sex addicts. The reality is that you are a racist and are country doesn't need people like you so move somewhere else if you can't deal with a black president. I am white man from NC and ashame that you would dishonor are beautiful state with hate and nonsense.

    May 11, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Out of contexts? The First Date is speaking to a group of young children at the White House. A child ask 'what was your favorite first book?' She replies "The Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison". SOS is hate filled book, about teenage sex, murder, suicide. Contains references to the 'N' word. Is not appropriate reading for this young audience. Please explain how I took this out of context.

      What is the bases for calling me a racist? Am I not allowed to disagree with The First Date's choice of children literature? So for you have given a typical Liberal response. Call who ever criticizes this administration a racist. No counter argument, no disagreement of fact, just attack and hope that name sticks.

      May 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Shocked; I do so thank you for your comment, Sir. There's always something wrong with everything this woman's said, done, or been to some people on this blog; and the disrespect of her title is what gets me! We have never called a First Lady ANYTHING ELSE, except FIRST LADY or just her name; i.e. Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Pat Nixon, Jackie Kennedy, etc. We liberals have never tried to berate their 'first lady' agendas either! Rose gardens, drug rehabs, educational ideas or whatever they may have been!

    May 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      That's a funny one Liz, how selective your memory is. First Lady Laura Bush was depicted as monkey, made fun of her accent, protested when visiting universities, and burned in effigy.

      May 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, This is not selective memory! I didn't know a thing about any of that. I mean if I even saw or heard about any of that on the news, I certainly have forgotten it and if I did, I probably counted it off as disrespectful and didn't retain it! They evidently didn't blast it across the news cycles, ensuring that everyone becomes aware of it. We had full respect here in GA for FORMER FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH. SAD! If she had to take hits, it was because of GEORGE BUSH'S stance on issues! 'STAND BY YOUR MAN'!

    May 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You must have heard a few NC liberals and even some NC conservatives making those claims and participating in those actions. I know you have made this claim before, and I told you practically the same thing; I don't know one soul that disliked LAURA BUSH! I think most folks just felt sorry for the LADY. To tell you the truth, I thought she was more intelligent and sensible than George W Bush, period! I also believe that I wasn't alone! Furthermore, it's no excuse for the way you disrespect Mrs Obama!

    May 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      I did not say that it was an excuse. I am only answer your outrages claim that "We have never called a First Lady ANYTHING ELSE, except FIRST LADY or just her name"

      The First Date is the one that told little kids that her 'favorite first book' was Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison, not me. She is the one that exposed these kids to hate, murder, teenage drinking, cuss words, racism, and the 'N' word. She is the one that has shown her hate and contempt for America's youth.

      Last night The First Date hosted "gathering of poets, musicians and artists" in to her home. One of the invitees was the controversial rapper/poet "Common," whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. This guy supports cop killers, is racist, sexist, advocates hitting women, and homophobic. He uses the word 'Ni**er in his so called 'poetry.'

      Now we know what Barry and The First Date let their daughters read and listen too. I do not want this woman to visit my area school. She is not a very good roll model.

      May 12, 2011 at 6:42 am |
  7. greg

    How come I see mostly black kids there? Not accurately representative of our population. Never thought I would see the First Lady dancing to hip hop on the White House lawn. What has become of our country?

    May 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You're advised to re-read my post of May 11, 2011 10:21 ET. I stand by my response. I don't consider your weak post as an answer. I explained my stance on your response and I told you that I was not alone. Where you got your excuse to say and do as you do about MRS. OBAMA, comes from your own evil heart! Oh, my claim was in no way outrageous! You are a sick person, Jay. You said 'She is the one who has shown her hate and contempt for America's youth'? You're a troublemaking instigator, hater and a liar!

    May 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Hope and dream all you want Liz, the fact is Toni Morrison wrote a book where she called a woman a cu*t. The Fist Date loved the book so much that she told visiting children that it was her 'favorite first book.' Let's see, the book has many references to ni**er, f**k, well you get the idea. Also suicide, murder and rape. Clearly not intended for children. Yet I am the one that is depicted as a 'trouble making instigator, hater and a liar?'

      Where have I lied?
      Where is the hate?
      Trouble making instigator?

      We all know that you will not answer this. Oh you may say something, give a rant about how wonderful she is, or that I must respect the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. But you will never admit that she made a grave mistake, or that you your self were wrong. No not Liz, she is never wrong, it is the white man trying to destroy this president. Good grief, grow up, she is a person, with flaws. Stop the hero worship and then you will see the truth.

      May 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  9. liz Carter in Georgia

    Furthermore, children these days have shown more intelligence, understanding, and discernment to be able to rightly divide what's good for them and what's bad! 'AND A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD'. They learn more negativity through the TV, COMPUTERS, and the STREETS! Their early learning good or bad begins with their parents, in their homes. They learn hate and violence through schools, computers and games. Many children, black, white and other hear that word Ni–ér, at home, school, and the streets! WH BLOGS!

    May 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You don't agree with her choice of children's literature? She was not choosing their literature! She just told them what her favorite book was. Keep blowing it up and sucking on that, Jay! Most smart people who do realize that the woman is human, and only told the truth, REALLY, have moved on!

    May 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      A child asked, and she answered, 'my favorite first book.' Context Liz, context.

      May 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  11. Tyler

    The tea bgegar are the real ones who hate both what the TRUE idea of America is; a multicultural melting pot ( Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Engraved on Statue of Liberty ) except for Mexicans or any people of color .. and of course the real preachings of Jesus Christ, because Jesus preached socialism according to how the stupid tea bgegars define it.Instead they mouth the same tired hate filled rhetoric Tim McVeigh used when he attacked America killing 168 people.If you talk like Tim McVeigh did . you might be a tea bgegar.If you hate the government, like McVeigh did you might be a tea bgegar.If you lie and claim the government under democratic leadership is coming to steal your guns like McVeigh did you might be a tea bgegar.If you advocate violence against the US government like Tim McVeigh did you might be a tea bgegar.Why are the tea bgegars so ideologically like Tim McVeigh?Why do they still carry his water?Sucks to be so wrong all the time don't it tea bgegars

    March 2, 2012 at 2:47 am |