Easter Egg Roll Suspense
The first family at the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll.
April 2nd, 2012
01:52 PM ET

Easter Egg Roll Suspense

The anticipation is building for some 30,000 kids and their parents for this year's 134th annual rite of spring at the White House: The Easter Egg Roll.

Now just one week out and the White House is teasing us with snippets of information.

Monday they released the much anticipated list of costumed characters who will be prancing around the White House lawn.

There are all the usual suspects like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat.

But they'll be joined by movie characters, Alex the Lion from Madagascar 3 and those Penguins of Madagascar who are described on their website as an "elite strike force with unmatched commando skills." Hmm, the Secret Service might take exception to that!

The First Lady is putting her imprint on the festivities tailoring the activities to promote health and wellness keeping with this year's theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” Michelle Obama's signature "Let's Move" initiative tackles the problem of childhood obesity. FULL POST

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

Spring in the White House garden
March 26th, 2012
06:41 PM ET

Spring in the White House garden

First Lady Michelle Obama was out in the garden today. She was joined by school kids from across the country for the fourth annual White House Kitchen Garden spring planting.

Helping with the planting this year were kids from New York, Iowa, Pennsylvania and North Carolina as well as White House garden regulars from the D.C. schools Harriet Tubman and Bancroft Elementary.

Mrs. Obama uses the garden to highlight her “Let’s Move” initiative which encourages kids to eat better and exercise more.   “And the garden is a good way to start the conversation, because vegetables and fruits are a big part of a healthy diet” she said.

Vegetables harvested from the garden will be used in the White House kitchen and approximately 1/3 will be donated to “Martha’s Table” a D.C. kitchen that provides meals to the homeless 365 days a year.

Topics: Let's Move • Michelle Obama
First lady talks faith and food on BET
First lady Michelle Obama in February marked the second anniversary of her 'Let's Move' campaign with a four-state tour.
March 4th, 2012
05:26 PM ET

First lady talks faith and food on BET

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Headlining Black Entertainment Television's Sunday morning line-up was first lady Michelle Obama on the network's popular program, "Lift Every Voice."

Replete with high-energy inspirational sermons and gospel music, BET programming crescendoed into a half-hour special, catching up with the first lady while she was on tour promoting the second anniversary of her "Let's Move" health campaign.

"For so many of us, food is more than just nourishment to our bodies, it's how we knit our families and our communities together," Obama said as she addressed an audience on her nationwide tour.

And, particularly true in the African-American community, faith and food go together; Sunday worship is often followed by feasting.


Topics: Faith • Let's Move • Michelle Obama
And here's Michelle!
January 31st, 2012
10:28 PM ET

And here's Michelle!

 We’re getting a glimpse into what life is like in the White House including mentally preparing for a presidential campaign and sleepovers for the first daughters from first lady Michelle Obama as she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday. 

The first lady is in California raising money for her husband’s campaign at Democratic National Committee fundraisers and also advancing her Let’s Move initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

 Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Mrs. Obama confided her feelings on the upcoming campaign.

 “There's really no way to prepare for it.  You know, you just take each day as it comes.  I think, Barack and I, our motto is, you try to do the best job we can do every single day and the hope is that will speak for itself.  So, you know, we wake up everyday, we think about what this country needs.”

 She told Leno two of the most important issues she has pressed for as first lady are her initiative to combat childhood obesity in this country and her work with military families.

On the subject of her own family, the first lady said her daughters Sasha and Malia are adjusting well to life in the White House.

“They're doing really well and I think that's been one of the most surprising things about living in the White House and probably one of the things I've worried most about was whether we could have a normal life,”  she told Leno in a video clip released by NBC. 

“The people at the White House are amazing, the girls are good, they're normal, we always check in, they have a regular life.  They've got friends and sleepovers, and to them its home.  It's been truly a blessing for us,” she said. 

The first lady came to the Leno show bearing gifts as she presented the host with an apple and some White House honey from her White House kitchen garden.  The comedian couldn’t let that pass without a double entendre joke saying, “That sounds bad…You know, with a different president, that could mean a whole different thing.”

And Mitt Romney’s musical skills also came up as Leno asked Mrs. Obama if she heard the GOP candidate’s slightly off key rendition of  “America the Beautiful” on the campaign trail Tuesday.  Mrs. Obama didn’t miss a beat saying she had seen the video in the NBC green room and as the audience laughed she hesitated only briefly diplomatically declaring the rendition “beautiful” and that, “It's a song that's to be sung by every American.”

Jumping jackers break record
December 12th, 2011
02:47 PM ET

Jumping jackers break record

First Lady Michelle Obama is now a world record holder! As part of her "Let's Move" childhood anti-obesity campaign, and in conjunction with National Geographic Kids," the first lady led a record number of people doing jumping jacks over a 24-hour period on October 11, 2011. She released the details this morning on the Let's Move website:

Back in October, the First Lady joined students, teachers, and parents from all over the country to reach for a big goal: breaking the world record for the number of people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The old record was over 20,000 people, so trying to break it was no small feat.

Today, we’re proud to announce that with your help, 300,265 people jumped that day! Breaking the record is a huge accomplishment. But we still have a lot of work left to do to meet an even bigger goal: ending childhood obesity within a generation so all children have a chance to grow up healthy and strong.

To reach that goal, we need to make sure that all kids are getting the nutrition they need, have a chance to be active each day and get support from our schools, families and communities. That’s what the Let’s Move! initiative is all about.

Topics: Let's Move • Michelle Obama • The Buzz
The never ending pasta bowl goes healthy with the first lady
First lady Michelle Obama applauds the decision of the restaurant chain that owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster to offer lower calorie, lower sodium menu choices. Looking on (left) is Darden Restaurant Chairman and Executive Officer Clarence Otis, Jr.
September 15th, 2011
04:47 PM ET

The never ending pasta bowl goes healthy with the first lady

First Lady Michelle Obama scored a big win Thursday in her campaign to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation.  Mrs. Obama announced that the biggest full service restaurant company in the world, Darden Restaurants which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse among others, has agreed to cut sodium and calories on its menus across the board as well as offering healthier menu choices targeted to kids. 

"This is a breakthrough moment in the restaurant industry," Mrs. Obama told reporters and guests invited by Darden and the White House to an Olive Garden Restaurant in suburban Hyattsville, Maryland.  The first lady, who called on restaurants to rethink their menus when she spoke at the National Restaurant Association more than a year ago, praised Darden for what she called its vision and commitment. 

"Darden is doing what no restaurant company has done before. They're not just making their kids’ menus healthier so that parents have more choices and more control; they're making changes across their full menu at every single one of their restaurants throughout the country," she said. 

Darden announced it wants to cut its corporation's calorie "footprint" with a goal of reducing calories of items on its menus by 10% over the next five years and 20% over the next ten years.  The company also plans to cut the sodium or salt in its menu items by the same measure– 10% less salt in the next five years and 20% less salt in the next ten years.  FULL POST