Michelle Obama: "Jumper-in-Chief"
October 11th, 2011
05:44 PM ET

Michelle Obama: "Jumper-in-Chief"

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – Jumping with excitement, First Lady Michelle Obama and hundreds of local school children attempted to make their way into the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Mrs. Obama, also known today as the "Jumper-in-Chief", led 400 kids from schools in the DC area ages 8-14, to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. She kicked the challenge off at 3:00p on the South Lawn of the White House with one minute of continuous jumping jacks. The attempt will continue with groups of children around the country jumping until tomorrow afternoon. More than 20,425 jumpers are needed to break the record.

The event was witnessed by officials from the Guinness Book of World records, along with former Olympic skater Michelle Kwan who served as an independent judge.

NBC "Today" host Al Roker, who served as the emcee for the event, was tasked with keeping the kids in straight lines with enough room to do their jumping jacks. Once the clock started ticking, those lines disappeared and the first lady was mobbed by jumping kids.

Ms. Obama used the event as a way to promote her initiative "Let's Move!" which promotes healthy eating and exercise for America's children.

"What we’re going to show people today is that moving is fun, right?," she said. "You can do it just dancing around in your backyard. You can get moving if you’re walking your dog.  Or you can get moving doing some jumping jacks, right?  There are so many ways to keep moving. "

And keep moving is what they did. Once the one-minute of jumping jacks was over, Mrs. Obama was mobbed by children  wanting to meet her. At one point, Secret Service agents had to step in to give her some space from the celebrating mob.

Guess who's not coming to dinner
October 11th, 2011
03:37 PM ET

Guess who's not coming to dinner

By Sr. State Dept. Producer Elise Labott

State visits for foreign leaders are meant to signify the importance the U.S. president places on the relationship with a particular country.

Such is the case for South Korea, whose president, Lee Myung-bak, arrives in Washington later this week for a state visit. Lee's arrival comes on the heels of a free trade agreement with Seoul being sent last week to Congress for final approval.

In addition to an Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama Thursday, Lee will be feted at a State Department luncheon on Wednesday hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a state dinner Thursday at the White House.

But it looks as if Obama's choice to be his new ambassador to Seoul won't be part of the festivities, due to a nail-biting political standoff over his confirmation which former diplomats warn could affect U.S. relations with a major ally and trading partner.

The administration's nominee to be ambassador, Sung Kim, was announced this summer. The choice of Kim, who would be the first American of Korean descent to hold the post, was hailed by Seoul as an opportunity to for the two countries strengthen relations.

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Topics: State Dinner
October 11th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Did you know...about Korea

President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea will be in D.C. this week for a full-fledged State Visit.   While in town he will attend a State Dinner in his honor at the White House and address a joint meeting of Congress.

 Population:  48,754,657

Area: Slightly larger then Indiana

Religion: Christian, Buddhist

GDP per Capita:  U.S. $19, 600

Life expectancy:  76

Unemployment:  3.7%

Literacy: 97.9

Currency South Korean won,  $1 US is 1186.60 Korean won

 Vote at age 19

Drink at age 20

The President's Schedule Tuesday Oct. 11, 2011
October 11th, 2011
08:10 AM ET

The President's Schedule Tuesday Oct. 11, 2011

BRIEFING SCHEDULE: None scheduled Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle on Air Force One


9:45AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews /In-Town Travel Pool Coverage  

 10:20AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en routePittsburgh,PA/ Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

11:15AM THE PRESIDENT arrivesPittsburgh,PA/PittsburghInternationalAirport/ Open Press FULL POST

Topics: Daily Schedule