January 31st, 2012
04:38 PM ET
Michelle Obama is going Hollywood is a big way to push her Let's Move program designed to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.
The first lady is in California taping The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which is scheduled to air Tuesday night.
She taped an interview last week with celebrity chef Rachael Ray and The Ellen DeGeneres Show is teasing its upcoming interview with Mrs. Obama.
The chatter is leading up to the two year anniversary for Let's Move, the first lady's initiative designed to pave the way for a healthier generation of children by schooling parents in healthy eating habits and pressing schools and corporations to offer healthy eating options.
Mrs. Obama ramped up the rhetoric about her Tonight Show appearance when she tweeted this weekend: "@JayLeno says he never eats vegetables…we'll see about that! #LetsMove to get Jay to eat some veggies on #TheTonightShow on 1/31!"
The tweet was apparently in reference to Leno who was quoted in a magazine article a few years ago saying, "I don’t think I’ve ever had a salad, actually. And I don’t think I’ve had a vegetable since 1969. My mother gave up on trying to make me eat them."
In the 2006 Parade Magazine article titled, "What America Eats: We're Changing The Way We Eat" Leno talked about his preference for meat and potatoes and fast food, "I eat a lot of junk food like pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs."
We can only speculate Mrs. Obama might try to ply the comedian with vegetables from the White House kitchen garden when she talks about her upcoming book on the subject. This is Mrs. Obama’s second time on the late night talk show. She last dished with Leno in 2008 during her husband’s presidential campaign.
It’s seemingly becoming a family tradition. The president dropped in on Leno last fall during a swing in California.