Michelle Obama heads to reality TV
July 20th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
7 years ago

Michelle Obama heads to reality TV

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama will tape an appearance on network reality television Thursday.

The ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" confirms Mrs. Obama will appear as a guest star working on behalf of military families.

She will travel to Fayetteville, N.C., Thursday to work on the renovation of "The Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House," which offers shelter, support, mentoring, and life coaching for homeless female veterans. The trip is part of the first lady's ongoing "Joining Forces" initiative in support of military families and those in uniform.

According to ABC, the show is set to focus on 15-year navy veteran Barbara Marshall, who has become "passionately committed" to supporting the military. Marshall is a former military chaplain who founded the community center and has actively helped fellow female veterans overcome severe challenges caused by homelessness.

The first lady is expected to help build a new Jubilee House, work on a greenhouse project and help with a children's playhouse. She will also take part in a special project in honor of Marshall.

ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" performs renovations for families, individuals and groups who have experienced hardships.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. oldcoaldog

    I would never watch a show like this.

    July 20, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. BD70

    Good for Michelle...unlike another reality show that was all about them. Michelle is doing something to benefit the less fortunate. LOVE it!

    July 20, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Toad

    You have to act normal before a election to get points. And one of the best ways is to pretend you support the troops!

    July 20, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Rob from Atlanta

    The Obamas hate our military?? That's funny, I thought George W. Bush hated the military – he sent so many of them overseas to get blown up by Iraqis...

    July 20, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. soldier

    i love the first lady....

    July 20, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Really Jersey

    In my state, reality TV = trash TV; home to Snookie. Tabloid fodder. I guess Habitat for Humanity doesn't have enough camera coverage during an election year for Mrs. Obama.

    July 20, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FLOTUS is an attorney who earned a 6 figure salary but has never forgotten those who are most important, families and children. We could all learn to be more loving and caring about others and I thank FLOTUS for showing her caring love. God Bless Our Military Families and all American Families.

    July 20, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. Vumba

    IThis is nothing but calculated grandstanding.

    July 20, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Mike

    Michelle Obama is the greatest 1st lady that has ever existed, she kicks butt! She's really 'hands on' when she helps others, unlike so many other of the stuck up first ladies who sat on their butts just writing checks.

    I'm on my 2nd tour and my wife is on her 3rd, so this particular charity that the 1st lady is doing means a lot to us.

    I applaud her for ignoring the constant criticism from others, and the hate (as already evidenced on here) that will come as a result of her doing this great charitable deed.

    The Republicans will have a field day with this and slam her mercilessly, but only after they finish carrying out the latest execution.

    July 20, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Alyssa

    I'm a military wife and we are expecting her here tomorrow in Fayetteville N.C. I'm disgusted that she is trying to bother with another one of her causes. If you want to kiss the military's butt the Obama administration can start by not threatening to with hold pay from our troops. These families work dawn till dusk literally and they aren't paid well at all. The least you could do is guarantee a pay check.

    July 20, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. deb

    What a wonderful display of support for our military from our First Lady. She has shown consistent dedication to her causes (childhood obesity and military families) and they are certainly worthy of all of our support!! Nice job, Mrs. Obama!!!

    July 20, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. Claire

    Great job Mrs. Obama. The more good you do, the more your haters look like the miserable bigoted racists that they are.

    July 20, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Peter s

    Listen and listen good America you gotta respect that lady! " she is the most God fearing humbled person in this generation." The mighty Yahweh listens whenever she offers her prayers! take it or leave it the choice is yours!.

    July 20, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. Jerry

    Oh please! Tell me I read this article wrong! This First Couple are very open about their dislike of our military men and women. What gives? It must be related to the latest polls. How hypocritical can the NObamas get (be)!

    Will she really be building something? Just like her White House garden. It is really tended to by some of her 35 well-payed assistants; and used by "for the first time I am proud of this country" only for photo ops. Will she really, really be picking up construction tools? In her $400 sneakers, never the less???? Wow!!!

    Again hypocrisy and political ambitions know no bounds.

    America, please remember all these and other smoke and mirror tactics come 2012.

    By the way, I will call the First Couple's bluff.

    July 20, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. HillBill

    Anything to get on TV Be careful she is up to something.

    July 20, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Vumba

    you go girl

    July 20, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. Alina77

    What ever your first lady's are doing , its always for great causes, and you should support them in it instead of acting like stupid kids that have too much. I am from the country where my first lady likes to drink a lot and we dont see her much. Sorry cant stand stupidity and absurd that coming from some "patriots" of this country.

    July 20, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. Haters

    so if she helps in building homes for military members she's evil and a poser, but if she refuses she's a egotistical, left-wing moron.. so far im liking those options..

    July 20, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Dirk Wladon

    Do your thing Mrs O! I love the way that Dr Biden and you are doing nice projects for all the troops. Continue with the messages put forward.

    July 20, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Johnny

    I'm certain that she could be doing something more productive with her time. = \

    July 20, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. Sweetestone

    I want to know if the taxpayers get to pay for her airplane tab?

    July 20, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. patty Biller

    you go, girl!!!

    July 20, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Time for another change

    "Disparaging remarks from the wing nutz"

    Typical liberal Disparaging Remarks. Truly the most hateful and intolerant group in America.

    July 20, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Positive

    Very nice, First Lady Obama! Wonderful to help draw attention to the needs of some of the current and former military members. Best wishes for a successful project.

    July 21, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  25. Anonymous

    what a bunch of hateful comments.

    July 21, 2011 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
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