May 7th, 2009
02:55 PM ET
13 years ago

First lady hangs out with Elmo

(CNN) – What's the highlight of Mrs. Obama's time in the White House? Hanging out with Elmo, of course.

The first lady stopped by Sesame Street Tuesday, chatting with the furry red monster and making a public service announcement along the way.

"If you want your child to have healthy habits, practice healthy habits too because you're your child's best role model," Michelle Obama advocated in her appearance for Sesame Workshop's Healthy Habits for Life Initiative.

The First Lady told employees at the United Nations in New York Tuesday that it's probably the best thing she's done so far since she and her husband moved into the executive mansion. Mrs. Obama appears to be emerging as a champion of healthy exercise and eating habits, taking up her platform by planting an organic kitchen garden on the White House grounds.

Former first ladies Barbara and Laura Bush also dropped by Sesame Street set during their husbands' terms in office, advocating children's literacy by reading kids' books to Big Bird.

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  1. SJ in SJ

    I love this posting, and also notice a consistency with other messages from both Obamas: Parents, take responsibility for your children, and do what's right by them. How can anyone object to promoting family values like that?

    May 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Givemeabreak

    I just hope she said a little prayer on her way there since it is National Day of Prayer–oh that's right her and her husband don't recognize it-Wow seal your fate

    May 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Susan

    What a perfect example for our children. As a nurse, I appreciate Ms. .Obama's emphasis on healthy eating and exercise. She makes me feel proud to be an American. Values we can believe in.

    May 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. IndyVoter

    Wow! I can't believe anyone would have anything negative to say about this adorable, non-partisan, positive and necessary public service announcement...I mean, who doesn't like Sesame Street? It must be hard living in bitterness ALL the time.

    Great Job Mrs. Obama! Keep up the good work.

    May 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Shari, NY

    If only some parents would spend time teaching their children good habits – be it eating healthy or exercising proper hygiene, there would be less obesity and related illnesses – not to mention the diminished incidence of contageous diseases. Such advocacy could not have come at a more opportune time.

    May 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Expat American

    The hypocrisy of the liberals here is really amazing! For the past 8 yrs they villified Bush and his family to no end but now scream bloody murder whenever anyone dare criticizes the Obama's.
    If you can find something worthy of criticizing the First Lady's appearance on Sesame Street, go ahead if it makes you feel better.

    Promoting healthy eating habits and exercise is surely on the same level as killing innocent women and children and torturing civilians.

    May 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Lori

    Even Elmo could have run this country better than Bush and the Republicans did for the last 8 years. Thank God President Obama and our First Lady our restoring class and confidence in the White House again! Good job Mrs. Obama!

    May 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Steve

    It's amazing how many of you don't realize that your love affair with Michelle stems from CNN's love affair with Michelle. Unfortunately, all those poor unsuspecting children that are watching Sesame Street today are going to be the ones to pay for Michelle's husband's spending addiction.

    May 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    For a physically fit First Lady like Michelle Obama who works out daily she IS a role model for her own kids. Thus she is preaching what she practices. Go Michelle go!

    May 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Amy

    This is absolutely wonderful! No other first lady has ever done this before. And for all of you Obama haters out there, stop your whining and suck it up!

    May 7, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Cool Lady 2

    Yay, Mrs. Obama. You rock.

    May 7, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. AS

    At least she's trying to do something productive and make a difference to kids. The article also says the Barbara and Laura Bush made the same appearance on Sesame Street so it seems like a First Lady tradition now. What's the problem? As for the $540 shoes- let it go, seriously. Their purchase helped the economy, she can afford them, and is entitled to purchase whatever she wants with her money. People who have expensive shoes are not Bad People. Get over it for good please!

    May 7, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Maggie from Virginia

    You must be a sad pitiful person to say something negative about the FLOTUS hanging out with Elmo. You need prayer.

    May 7, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Charles Greene

    As a psychology major, I find it interesting that whatever our president and first lady do... there are those who ALWAYS find a negative point. If FREUD was right, this is all subconscious prejudice. I mean can you tell me what you did while you were sleepwalking?

    May 7, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Bruce

    @Expat American – The conservatives do the same thing. The only difference being, most of them have proven that they are both hypocrites and morally bankrupt.

    May 7, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. StuckinmoderationMari

    @ "helphelp"......... The Obamas are observing the National Day of Prayer!

    WHY must the GOPers continue their vile campaign of hate..... lies...... fear and division?

    Just because President Obama did not have a White House .....ceremony....... does not mean he did not observe the National Day of Prayer!

    Guess what other presidents did not have a White House ceremony for the NDP?

    Carter....... REAGAN......... BUSH the First ....... and Clinton!

    IS it too much to ask that the GOPers tell the ..... truth? Yep it is.

    May 7, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Independent Voter

    God Bless Michelle Obama and her family...

    May 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. carlos are terrifyingly JELOUS.....I wear 9 dollar sneakers from the discount stores and feel great......great salary and great family life......hehehehe

    May 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Kirk

    That's about the best place for her, and that's all.

    May 7, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. AS

    I can't believe all the haters that can actually find something negative to say about a positive story like this, about MO appearing on a kid's show to promote healthy habits. Step back and take a look at yourselves; no matter what good work she does there will always be haters to find something wrong. Keep up the good work Michelle!

    May 7, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. ObamaShrugged

    She's Great!! She's Wonderful!! She's the best ever!!!

    Give it some time people – we have no idea who she is or what her ultimate goal is. You think she quit a successful career to be arm candy? Hillary, part 2 in the making.

    May 7, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. CitizenJane

    @Steve - And I am paying for Reagan's spending spree. What's your point?

    May 7, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Richie

    Wow, I can't believe the hate posts about Sesame Street! I think all of our first ladies have done just fine lately. The Obamas pray every day, they don't need a special day to pray. What's wrong with you people? No cookies for you!

    May 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Frank and Earnest

    I think that the difference between Laura Bush and Michelle Obama is this. Laura Bush did not have much of a public personality, or charisma.
    Michelle Obama does.

    I applaud Laura Bush for her work with children's literacy, but at the same time, I don't remember seeing much about her doing anything other than PSA's and a few personal appearances. (Not saying she didn't, just saying I didn't see it)

    Michelle Obama is doing it more in the public eye, which gets her efforts more noticed. Duh! Isn't that what is SUPPOSED to happen with the First Lady's public service efforts? Besides, not only is she talking the talk....she's walking the walk.

    Did Laura?

    May 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. c ivey

    people please get a life and move on!!! go find some peace of mind , happiness and love for yourself.leave michelle obama alone.

    May 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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