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. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I truly feel sorry for some of you people out there. You are so eaten up with hate and bitterness. No one ever attacked Laura Bush. I have no clue what you could possibly be referring to.

    I am so proud to have a beautiful, articulate, smart First Lady.

    God Bless you!

    P.S. They did pray this morning.

    May 7, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Simmy

    As always, you are terrific, First Lady! Keep on moving in the direction you're headed....Only good will follow you!!

    May 7, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. BobbyB

    If I remember correctly, the Sesame Street crew has ALWAYS been proud of their country! Wait 'til they ban Sesame Street for not showing enough diversity!

    May 7, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Joe

    I just don't understand the Republician way of thinking.

    You must really hate yourselves and each other to see something negitive in this.

    You people need to Grow Up !

    Obama is our President. If you don't support him and the nation, then move somewhere else !

    May 7, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Demo Joe

    To Steve – you are such an ass. and to the RNC-DNC like wise. Can you see we the majority of decent people are trying to bring this country back to before the BUSH mess? Get with the program or you will fall. I guess you people whether see this country fail and fall what fools.

    May 7, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Betty-Crocker Conservative

    Arrggg!!! The nerve of Mrs. Obama! Going on Seasame Street? How dare she promote healthy living...typical liberal agenda.

    May 7, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Anthony

    Its amazing that many of you can somehow manage to find something negative in even THIS...
    Its SAD actually.
    Its more a testament to your own sad lives and your inability to see anything beyond your own personal bias in a positive light.
    Every first lady does this. Fortunately.. this time around we have a more "realistic" and "in touch" First Lady, whom I believe both privileged and non-privileged children can actually relate to.
    For all you hate spewing commenters on here... YOU are the reason why Americans get looked at soo negatively...

    May 7, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Trey J

    It must be real hard to find something bad to say about this!
    However, the Republicans are very clever so watch them spin this in a negative way! Great job daugther has someone she can look up to in the white house.

    May 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Beth

    How can anyone make snide comments when all this has to do with advocating for children? That's it. Her message was simple. Get out and exercise with your kids and be a postive example for them. No hidden agendas...nothing. Just a positive message for kids and parents.

    If it had been ANYone else but Michelle Obama, the Repubs wouldn't have said a word. Because it's her, out comes the hate.

    Seriously...grow up and get over yourselves. No wonder you're losing so many in your "party".

    May 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Stefanie, Texas

    Wow, it's really amazing how petty conservatives can be. You would be picking on Michelle either way wouldn't you? She chooses to do something many first ladies do which is focus on child care issues and you hate her. Would you like it better if she were more like Hillary when Bill was in office? Somehow I think not.

    May 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. KLK

    Way to go Michelle. Such a positive role model and fabulous First Lady.

    May 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. enough

    Love that woman. And to all the haters Ha Ha Ha.

    May 7, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. John in Ohio

    Lotta right-wing fanatics showing, here, why they'll never have one of their own hold national office ever again.

    May 7, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Frisky

    All you haters are hilarious. Seriously. You are hating a muppet and a woman trying to spread a positive message to our kids. Seriously. Take a deep breath, look in the mirror and learn to move forward.

    May 7, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Blue Dog

    I have never critcized Laura Bush, no wait I did once, I said how can she live with the idiot W,,,,,,,,I am so proud of our first lady and if President Obama becomes an idiot like W, Michelle's going to tell him

    May 7, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Joe

    I love her!

    May 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Sam I Am

    It's so refreshing to see a reasonably normal, literate, educated, and caring family in the Whitehouse. I'm sure there are a bunch of Limbaugh echo-heads that just cannot stand the fact that the Obamas are actually a good family, with good family values. While it is somewhat traditional for the First Lady to visit Sesame Street, it is refreshing to see a woman who is actually more intelligent and more focused than the puppets. I am awaiting with anticipation how Limbaugh and his hate troops will twist this into some consipiracy of the thought police. Of course Kantor will come out and say, "How nice" only to retract what he said the next morning after Limbaugh tells him to heel.

    May 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Howard

    Barbara and Laura Bush were advocates for literacy in a nation where 99% of all adults and children can read. Big whoop!

    Michelle Obama is advocate for healthy eating and exercise in a nation where 25 to 33 percent of the population is obese.

    Now which one cause do you really think will have a greater positive impact on America?

    May 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Chris

    All the First Ladies have it the drama!! Michelle Obama is a breath of fresh air due to her youthfulness.....

    May 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Matt

    My God! How could she recklessly promote healthy eating habits for our children! Get the government out of my living room! Unless your denying us the right to have an abortion or seek proper medical care, I want nothing to do with it!

    Give me unregulated trans-fats AND give me death!

    May 7, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Mac

    People please!!! Hatred will never get us any where. Its not that they don't reconize this day as a day of prayer, they realize that everyday is a day of pray. America needs to pray everyday so there is no need for 1 day to be set aside to to say " Look at us, we are praying'. This is sad. The article is about here doing a public service announcement for kids all the other nasty posting are imature and childish.

    May 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Brandon

    She is an inspiration. How to start and raise a family. A class act all the way.

    May 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Tal Hearst

    It is not true that M. Obama has done more already than previous first ladies. It's only that the media is tilted toward liberal promotions and actually hate conservative activities. Also, so many of you writers were mere children when previous first ladies were in DC and you really have no idea what other presidents' wives accomplished, now do you really?

    May 7, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. FL for Change

    Steve – what would suggest the President should have done? Bush bankrupted the country...I guess it would be better for our children to stand in soup lines wearing burlap and shoeless....YOU MORON.

    May 7, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Brandon

    Matthew 6: 5-6
    Beware of the hypocrite for they are the ones that stand-up in the synagogue and the street corner to pray. It is better to be in a room alone to pray for it is there that God will hear them.
    Maybe the Obamas don't have to show off to pray. They can do it privately.

    May 7, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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