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.

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. JOE H


    October 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Noodle Nose Johnson

      Joe – do the voices in your head ever tell you to shut the $#@% up?

      October 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Howard

      When barack got elected, his administration had to invent a cause for michelle.
      So, they shamelessly decided to use children to provide michelle with a wholesome image.
      For 3 years we have been bombarded with fabricated photo ops, and manufactured P.R. to
      sell michelle to the American public ... and, after thousands of hours, andmillions of dollars spent, the American people can still see through this transparent charade. The obama's are shameless self-serving cons, the mainstream media are their shills, and the American people are their marks.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • jean2009

      I assume those who count people by their color lack intelligence.

      October 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  2. Obiekezie

    Love this.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  3. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Thank you First Lady for keeping up the positive work.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • John

      Nice positive story here. It's not like any real news is going on in the whitehouse that CNN could report on. Maybe a story on Fast and Furious or Green Gate or maybe even the top aid to BO who has run an ad to recruit and pay people to be part of the Flea Party Group or maybe even a story on the millions spent on vacations the pres didn't go on?
      Why would anyone want to know the truth on issues like this when we can tell a story about the first lady jumping around. Great job CNN, no wonder your ratings, and the ratings of every liberal newspaper in the country, are in the toilet.

      October 12, 2011 at 8:10 am |
      • Noodle Nose Johnson

        Unclench, John.

        October 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  4. tabby70

    I think that's great!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  5. FIELD1stSGT

    I would not want this hater of America around my child. No telling what kind of desease she has.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Noodle Nose Johnson

      Field – have you met John and Joe? They're just as stupid as you are. Why not 'friend' them on Facebook? I'm sure you would have an enlightening discussion.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • jean2009

      Frankly, I wouldn't want my grandchildren and great-grandchildren around you. Look at that group of kids they are enjoying every minute....as is our beautiful first lady.

      BTW what is a desease?

      October 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  6. Beverly NC

    Michelle is a wonderful role model for our children. She is intelligent, humble, gracious, compassionate and cares about People – she is genuine. She has great personal projects – we have a huge obesity problem and she is addressing it positively. We are not treating our veterans with respect or gratitude. Michelle and Jill Biden are changing that.
    I love the Obamas. They are such good and decent people with REAL values. They don't run around talking about them -they just act with character, integrity, and with actual morality and family values. Thank goodness for REAL people living in the White House. Let's keep them there.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:05 am |
  7. Thomas

    Thank you First Lady !
    Each one of those children are smiling , great to see kids getting along.
    Only if the grown ups in congress would try !

    October 12, 2011 at 2:34 am |
    • Danny

      I wish the congress men women would read your post.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:15 am |
  8. ANTHONY76

    Nothing but good energy. Lead by example. She is an awesome first lady.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:59 am |
  9. Petra

    I don't think ramming all this nanny state stuff down people's throats will help her husband win re-election. The more controlling a government is, the less popular it will be. And I'm NOT a conservative.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:19 am |
    • Noodle Nose Johnson

      Petra – take your pill and shut up. She's trying to encourage children to exercise. There's no "government control" here. Willing to bet your 50+ pounds overweight, chubster.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • jean2009

      Oh you must be one of those who don't vaccinate so old people now get whooping cough from your kids, and
      you want your overweight kids in front of the TV overloaded on fat and carbs.

      October 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  10. jim

    She must be one of the ten ugliest women alive!

    October 12, 2011 at 6:28 am |
    • TomInRochNY

      It seems you've just stolen the title.

      October 12, 2011 at 6:41 am |
    • rose

      yeah and you're probably one of the ugliest "A" Holes to comment. Jerk. Get a life!

      October 12, 2011 at 6:45 am |
    • Lema

      At least she is in the white house and judging from your comment which shows the kind of person you are, you may never get to the door much less inside. By the way she has guts and intelligence, something you lack.

      October 12, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • yoyo

      What is the matter with you. Don't you a the decency to respect your fellow human beings? I pray that you may understand what it means to be a human being.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • quinLee

      Deep issues combined with shallow thoughts, you have.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • GetSomeBusiness

      On the list right below your mother.........troll

      October 12, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • jean2009

      You mean after your wife, mother, and 7 daughters.

      October 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  11. FedUp

    And I am sure she is still jumping! Or was that only for the photo op?

    October 12, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  12. Tom Bulger

    If Dolly Madison was a better First Lady, this country has been hugely blessed twice. It is easy to love the lovable.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  13. OldieTampaBay

    one of the greatest First Ladies of all time! She reminds me alot of Eleanor Roosevelt who cared so much about the children. Bless you, Michelle, Bless you!

    October 12, 2011 at 9:48 am |
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    May 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm |