The First Lady and the Kids' Choice Awards
March 31st, 2012
11:48 AM ET

The First Lady and the Kids' Choice Awards

First lady Michelle Obama continues to take Hollywood by storm. She’s appeared with David Letterman, Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres in recent months - and Saturday she made her first-ever live appearance on Nickelodeon’s Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Obama presented "The Big Help Award" to country pop singer Taylor Swift for Swift's work helping tornado and flood victims.

“I’m here because I’ve always felt an obligation to give back; to lift up others the way my parents, my teachers and mentors lifted me. And that’s something that our next honoree believes, too,” Obama said at the awards ceremony. “Taylor Swift may be in the news most often for her award-winning songs and multi-platinum records, but every step of the way she has always made it a point to give back.”

Last year, Swift raised nearly $1 million to help victims of devastating tornadoes in the Southeast. Swift opened the final dress rehearsal of her Speak Now tour to a paying audience of 13,000 people, donating all the proceeds to tornado victims.

The first lady won the same award herself two years ago for her work with Let's Move, her initiative designed to combat childhood obesity and encourage healthy habits.

Mrs. Obama has teamed up with Nickelodeon in the past for the network's Worldwide Day of Play, an effort to get kids involved in healthy activities and away from the TV for at least three hours a day. She also appeared on the network's hit show ”iCarly” as part of her Joining Forces initiative to recognize and honor military families. The lead character in iCarly is the daughter of an Air Force colonel serving overseas.

Saturday's Kids' Choice Awards appearance is the first lady's first "in person" appearance on the awards show. She received “The Big Help Award” in 2010 via videotape.

–CNN’s Greg Clary contributed to this report

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  1. Name*Liz Carter

    That is an amazing gesture to the cause of humanity, Taylor. I have followed you and your beautiful musical career ever since you set foot on 'American Idol' have done well for yourself! You also seem to be the person who believes in the Biblical instruction that ....'to whom much is given, much is required'...You seem to realize that when GOD blesses you, it's for you to be a blessing to others. Congratulations on your most deserving award, 'The Big Help Award'...being presented to you on Nickelodean Kids Choice Awards, by the wonderful and also amazing First Lady...Michelle Obama. Obama/Biden 2012...Yes We Will!...Again!!

    March 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  2. Howard


    March 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • clarke

      Oh Howard, whatever have you done. You win all awards for being just being a BOB. "BITTER OLD BEach

      April 1, 2012 at 10:26 am |
      • Ty

        Good one Clarke!!! He has issues!

        April 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      Yeah she is not the right color, RIGHT DUMBO? There is no better singer in existence.l Michele Obama is such a bigot especially when everyone with brains in this nation knows she is bigoted toward w h i t e people.

      April 1, 2012 at 10:51 am |
      • steven harnack

        You sure are a twisted tit , aren't you?

        April 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  3. Howard

    Martin Luther King, would have been sickened by Obama's insidious use of racism and class warefare, for his own self-serving ambitions.

    March 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • jean2009

      Howard your attempts are fruitless, and the reason is you have nothing but hate to offer. Everyone can see that the only one using racism is you. Which means you stink at what you are trying to do.

      March 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • David

        So now it's racist to disagree with the president's policies? Sounds to me like you are proving his point that Obama is a divisive president.

        March 31, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        You say hate toward Howard. It is you people who are so racially hatred of the w h i t e people it is sickening. After all No sitting President has ever got on National TV to get involved in Civil Affairs such as this shooting. Undoubtedly the African American Police Chief knows that this is a just shooting are he would have already used his r a c i a l h a t r e d against the shooter if he could have.

        April 1, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • jerry

        @jean we know you are a 70 something year old single, angry, black woman...and you never deviate from your hatred for whites and admiration for your radical marxist barack H obama... poor ignorant woman you are.

        April 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ jerry
        I'm white,77 yrs. old, married for 57 years to the same man. I have lived both in the north and in the south and have even lived abroad. I think you are a white redneck southerner who lived as the village idiot in a cracker redneck town....but hey!

        @ paintballsgt.
        So then you don't believe George W. Bush got on TV and stated anything about Kanye West? Or, that he didn't inject himself into the Terri Schiavo case?
        If his wasn't commenting or getting involved then what was it.
        FYI Presidents on many occasions have been asked and responded to what is going on currently.

        April 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Howard...I asked you on another thread where you had trolled the exact same post, not to let the beautiful name of Martin Luther King come out of you racist mouth. You are not worthy to call his name! An Atheist is more worthy to call on GOD!!

      March 31, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Howard

        King said we should judge a man by the content of his character. He tried to transcend race, and unite Americans. Obama keeps dividing, and polarizing Americans, for his own political gain. Obama is ALL show, and has a lack of character. Unfortunately, people like you and Jean, ALWAYS support Obama, whether he's right, or wrong, because of race.

        March 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
      • Reason

        Howard, no, you're the one dividing. Divide more please.

        March 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        Lizard – the beautiful name of Martin Luther King was just another adulterer. So don't go there.

        April 1, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • jerry

        I was a young Marine fighting in Vietnam when king died...and believe me he was much less significant then than he is now. He was as big of a scum bag as JFK and power hungry as such too. Funny how the left create their heroes....

        April 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • PC0909

        That's just wrong. Placing MLK above God.

        April 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • kanoodle


      April 1, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • jerry

      you are correct. Anyone who has studied King would agree. Only the radical leftist would not...and they just don't matter, never have.

      April 1, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Ken

      Both Howard and FIELD1stSGT are going to choke to death on their hatred. You're so 1950's. The whole world has moved way past where you two are.

      April 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        You're so stupid your sickening. It is not w h i t e s who spew h a t r e d. There is more r a c i a l hatred in the A f r i c a n A m e r i c a n s than anyone realized until this fraud took office. The main problem here is stupidity in that these people will not look deeper into the man. The man is destroying America the land he hates and has proving so by grabbing his nasty c r o t c h when the National Anthem is played instead of saluting it.

        April 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Ty

      How do you know what Martin Luther King would have done? You don't and you would probably have something to say because he would be proud of President Obama's accomplishments. I think you should run for office, so we can get a good laugh just like we did with McCain, Palin, Romney, Santorum & Gingrich.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  4. Name*Liz Carter

    Howard in a Eutopian Society that may have been his next full focus!! MLK hoped and prayed for unity in America, and even mentioned the importance of it happening as soon as possible! He said he had been to the mountain top and had looked over, and saw the promise land...but he knew 'We weren't there yet'! That's why he told us 'I might not get there with you'! Dr King knew that was going to take a lot of work, he knew it was going to take a lot more deaths, and race-ladened hate crimes perpetrated on America before that happened...and it certainly has proved to be true up until now!! You said he tried...well you didn't pay him any attention..did you?? Howard...sadly even Dr King knew that would be a long time coming!.. but until unity was ever reached in this country, his main focus was 'standing in the gap' for 'the people' against the 'powers that be', who allowed and even participated in unfair treatment, inequality, and injustices against the so-called minority, especially African Americans in your 'white supremacist society'! So don't even go there!! I'm sure you weren't one of those who agreed with him then...and you don't agree with him now! Your posts prove that!! You are still full of don't try to play the Martin Luther King card on us!! BTW...people like Jean and I would be supportive of Obama if he was white, red, brown, or yellow! We believe that he is doing or genuinely trying to do what's best for this nation and ALL of her people!! We support his policies...that's why we voted for him!! That he happens to be African American of course, for me is a proud PLUS...but I was also proud enough to vote for Bill Clinton as well as Jimmy Carter!! What race are they?? Oh and I didn't need either one of them to give me a personal 'birds-eye view of their school records and birth certicates!! I took their words and voted for them because I agreed with their projected campaign promises and policies!! That's what intelligent people do!! Btw..I can say that you don't support Obama because of his race! The ginned up BS you claim to have against him aren't much more than fearmongering lies, stemmed from hate and biggotry!! That's not working's not sticking!! Give it up..will ya!! You actually look pathetic by now!!

    March 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      He certainly did want to unify. Especially with his mistress. Poor Mrs. king she had to endure his purety. Pure h a t r e d of the w h i t e people no matter how he wished to appear. Obama also wants to come off as an unbiased man but now due to his National TV appearance getting involved in the Trevon s h o o t i n g we know different, don't we? He like the statement along with Michelle their hate for America is not unknown to us Patriots. Obama will destroy us if he is allowed another term. HEAVEN FORBID.

      April 1, 2012 at 11:03 am |
      • SOLIDD59

        I guess it was Dr. King who was lynching white people, sicking dogs on white people, denying white people basic rights, killing white people for wanting the same rights as black people. Yeah, it was Dr. King who was full of hate all right, just like President Obama. You didn't have any comments when he spoke of that little white girl who was senselessly murdered by that nut job in Arizona. So why can't he comment on the black kid's murder by another nut job? They both, in their own way, have affected this country! I've read some of your posts lately and all I can say is that I really feel for people like you. You will go thru life with nothing but hatred in your heart. What a sorry and lowly existence that must be! YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HAPPINESS BECAUSE YOU ARE A HATEFUL, UGLY AND BITTER PERSON.

        April 1, 2012 at 11:44 am |
      • Ken

        I'm certain that it's only WHITE PEOPLE like you that EVERYONE detest. If your whiteness is the only quality you have, you don't have much.

        April 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Ken We know that white doesn't always make right and 1stpaintball and Howie are prime examples of when they don't.

        April 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Howard

      LIZ ... you think that because you're a black, female, senior citizen, it gives you an inside track on the truth, on what King meant ... and, that Obama is above reproach ... but, all races, and all ages, and both genders, know that Martin Luther King stood for equality, and unity via peaceful methods. Equality means equality ... not, America owes one group MORE, because of historical inequities. And, when King talked about judging people not by their color, but their content of character, he meant that we shouldn't elect a candidate BECAUSE of his color ... like YOU, and 97% of the African Americans are doing, when they vote for Obama. The truth is the truth ... no matter how much YOU, or Obama, try to misuse it, to promote YOUR political agenda.

      April 1, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • Ken

        And America doesn't owe you the special treatment that you became accustomed to just because you are white. You also must earn your way.

        April 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • DDanny1

        It amuses me when I hear Conservatives berate African Americans for voting for Obama "because he is black" but Clinton got 83% and 84% of the African American vote. Al Gore got 92% and John Kerry got 88% of the vote. Since Barack Obama got 95% of the African American vote Howard could make an argument that between 3%-12% of African Americans voted for Obama because he is black. On the other hand, in Alabama 15% of Democrats voted for George W. Bush, but 32% of Democrats voted for Obama, which suggests 17% of Alabama Democrats DID NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK. Also, 12% more Republicans voted for John Kerry than Obama, so you could say 12% of Alabama Republicans did not vote Republican because Obama was black. But here's the kicker, you could take the HIGHEST PERCENTAGE of BLACK VOTERS who could be said to have voted for Obama because he is black, 12% and he STILL would have beat McCain in a landslide.

        April 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
      • Babbs

        New flash the majority of black Americans are Democrates so they would vote for Obama!!!!!!
        Also what was racist about Michele's statement? The woman went to school where her room mates mother wanted her daughter moved from the dorm they were asigned becuse Michele is Black!!this statement was made by the room mate.You don't think she incountered bigotry and discrimination that showed her status as an American was not equal.

        April 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • jerry

      what king said publicly and what he said privately and did were seldom the same person.

      April 1, 2012 at 11:57 am |
      • jean2009

        And you know this how?

        People claim a lot of things about many people after their death...some even say J.Edgar Hoover wore drag. I think you besides being a racist redneck village idiot are also the repository for a great many urban legends that don't hold up under close scrutiny.

        April 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        jean2009 = and you are an i d i o t.

        April 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
      • Pitsanu

        I agree with you. Forget about Geneva. We have to reconcile with Sinhalese and Muslims beofre power-sharing in Sri Lanka. I accept we have conflict among us but Indian made it worse in 1987 and now American making the situation lot more muddy.I will place my view soon. we are idiots chasing the mirage in intellectual Sahara desert.kind regards

        June 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • Stacey

        Dear Nadesan,I wish to know your opinion about the Jeneva dseicion. I think this situation has increased the diffrences between tamil and Singalese. But most of Tamil (About 99.9%) in jaffna believe that America should send their nato force against Singala rulers and economic embargo etc ..Bharthipan

        June 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  5. Laverne

    Yeah, nothing like appearing on Nickelodeon to divide the country, I mean this woman is clever! Michelle Obama, beautiful, smart, intellligent and hated by many. She must be doing something right!

    March 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Tina

    All due respect to you, but you and others that are on ( I am guessing here) the other side are the ones that have supported your georgie boy even though he lied and lied and lied for 8 long years! Pres Obama has never tried to divide this country it is the repubs and their stupidity! This President has tried many, many times too get the other side to help get this country back on its feet because it takes everyone to get it back on its feet, but the other side wanted nothing to do with that and then tried too blame the dems. The repubs already stated many times that they wanted this President to fail, what is up with that anyway??? That is not cool, and if they want this Pres to fail then they want this country to fail, so I will be voting for Pres Obama in the fall, because I am so incredibly sick and tired of the repubs and I will be voting out all the repubs that are currently representing my state including the idiot Scott from Florida, who only has a 20% approval; rating ( he is a joke!)That is a promise!

    March 31, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Howard


      April 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well in all honesty (believe it or not) that would have been Abraham Lincoln.

        April 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        Jean 2009 – Must I say again how s t u p i d you are. Without Lincoln you'd still be in your proper place hoeing Cotton.

        April 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
      • jean2009

        @1st paint ball sgt
        Might I add that I am white....during the civil war some of my southern ancestors were members of the 28th Alabama Infantry and others Palmetto State Sharpshooters, and my northern ancestors were in the Ohio 36th infantry. I just happened to be educated in the north....and feel all Americans are created equal.

        If you want to be truly technical we were the most divided during the Civil War. We were so divided we went to war with each other.

        Something your racist mind can't seem to understand.

        April 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
      • k1k2lee

        First, Howard, please stop yelling. Reasoned discussion cannot take place when one person is yelling. Second, the only reason people consider Obama to be "divisive" and "polarizing" is because they cannot abide someone in the Oval Office that has skin color that is different from their own. Pres. Obama has compromised on every single piece of legislation sent to Congress. In return the GOP has filibustered more times in the last session than all other prior sessions combined (Combined!). Even the mandate (which the right now shouts about) was the cornerstone of the proposal from the GOP led by Bob Dole just 15 years ago. You have clearly stated your beliefs about people of color (all of them in very general, sweeping terms) in your many posts. So, for you, just looking at the current president creates a problem for you. It is not his policies that divide but the unfortunate deeply held prejudices by many in our nation (apparently including you) which divide us all.

        April 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  7. Marla

    I am always so proud to see our beautiful First Lady and the good causes that she supports.

    March 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • clarke

      Agreed, she is a very classy women.

      April 1, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      Beautiful? Hee, Hee, Hee. I've shaved my dogs tail and made him walk backward. Now that a more beautiful scene than the one you're referring to.

      April 1, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • WayneK

        Field1stSgt – you really are a sorry individual. Did you actually serve, or are a SGT wannabe?

        April 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
      • Ken

        I wonder what you look like. Do you have any teeth?

        April 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • PC0909

        HA! Great response!

        April 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  8. phylee

    I too am proud of Mrs Obama. She is a class act as well as the President. I will be voting for them to continue leading our great country with dignity. Too bad republicans could not cooperate. Think how much this President could have accomplished had he not been up against such an evil force.

    April 1, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • FIELD1stSGT


      April 1, 2012 at 11:08 am |
      • jean2009

        Look here at the rabid hate boiling in a full post of all caps.

        April 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  9. jon cole

    Please don't refer to her as just Obama. It's Mrs. Obama or the First Lady. I don't remember anyone calling Mre. Bush just Bush.

    April 1, 2012 at 1:44 am |
  10. IVCS

    She is a beautiful First Lady of the United States of America. Obama 2012

    April 1, 2012 at 3:27 am |
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  12. jerry

    CNN should have done a full body of mz obama in this outfit...she actually looked like a hooker....disgraceful! And makeup to the eyeballs...sure miss the grace and beauty of Mrs. Bush (both of them).

    April 1, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  13. marty

    I doubt that the naysayers and hate-hearted could ever personally withstand the bitter, nonsensical, juvenile attempts at demeaning and destroying in their anonymous diatribes toward the First Lady, Mrs. Obama. They're not much different in their venal characters than the historical individuals who hide behind skirts to obtain military deferments, yet do not hesitate to send others into harms way. They are all weak kneed excuses for adults.

    April 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  14. Old white guy

    I like what Mrs. Obama did; and I'm voting for her husband this time.

    April 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  15. Ken

    I sure hope that FIELD1stSGT didn't procreate.

    April 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      Ken – don't you feel the DNA running through your veins from my forefather.

      April 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  16. jean2009

    Kids are not dumb; they always pick a winner, and this first lady is truly a winner who is committed to making the world better for children.

    April 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      She is committed like her misfit, fraudulent husband, intent on destroying America.

      April 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        It is you who are working hard at destroying America....that is very obvious to all who post here.

        April 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  17. m1983

    I see where people here is saying black voted 97% for Obama, that might be truth, but as a black woman I been voting
    for over 40 years, and been voting for white men, and I am sure I will be voting again for white men and hopeful white
    women. So I just wish people would stop this nonsense about black voting for Obama. In 2016 black will vote for who
    ever is a good candidate, there just not one running for 2012.

    April 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  18. bptsj

    Both Taylor and the First Lady are very classy. They serve as a good example to the rest of the nation of how we should be involved in community and help others. My hat is off to both of you.

    April 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  19. DDanny1

    FIELD1stSGT, please spread your views as far and wide as possible. You are the prefect example Democrats like to use to prove to the people who really decide the elections, the Independents, the type of intelligence that defines the GOP.

    April 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  20. george of the jungle

    Wonderful gesture mrs Obama. You have shown your usual class. Amazing how many people on this post have no class at all. But thats why no one will vote for their candidate. Obama 2012

    April 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  21. Rodney

    I don't get what all the hate has to do with the article above. All this hate driven blogs show that we have a serious issue in American. Put your bull somewhere else. Black or white you are IGNORANT if this is your best forum for your debate. GOD bless the efforts of Taylor Swift and First Lady Obama for being unified for a good cause. It's just that plain. Maybe some day you all can join me in just being a proud veteran and currently a proud firefighter and best of all Just Plainly a Proud American.

    April 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
  22. Name*Essie do not have to "feed your pearls to swines!" As you can see "field1st" is totally uneducated & uninformed! He just sits behind a computer & talk nonsense for attention...SAD! Nonetheless, I agree with you, our Pres. & First Lady is full of class & dignity. That's why there are those who HATES the fact, that their misconception of black people are wrong & we too are classy, beautiful, smart, & intelligent moreso than they!! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    April 2, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  23. Name*Essie

    @field1st...I know it angered you to your very CORE, that here is this tall, hansome, educated black man "ELECTED" to clean up the mess that the lily-white field has, that bothers the stank out of you! Well, mistah fields, GET OVER IT!!! He is doing a great job & will be "RE-ELECTED!!!!!!!" Oh yeah, go finish picking your own cotton, and stuff it in your empty head!

    April 2, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  24. Joe K

    Where is the article about the Top Obama Doner getting busted for fraud? Thanks

    April 2, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  25. Joi Gibson

    I love the First Lady!!


    April 2, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  26. Diane Robertson

    Hey DDany1: We all know what a sterling characher Bill Clinton was; Al Gore was a correspondent in Vietnam and yet insisted he was in combat (he was in a hotel room the whole time editing his own herorism). John Kerry, along with Hanoi Jane encouraged violence against American POWs and gave himself three purple bandaids (oops...Purple Hearts) and to top it off a Silver Star. You may want to read Unfit for Command written by his fellow Swift Boat sailers. What a lineup you have to be proud of. You really picked some winners for the Democratic Party.

    April 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
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