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. FL for Change

    Could you see Palin on Sesame Street talking about raising children and seeing Russia??? Admit it...the thought should make you laugh!

    May 7, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. The Unshrub

    to RNC = DNC = politics as usual:

    It appears that you can't find anything real to critisize Mrs. Obama on, so you make up something. That is really sad.

    May 7, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Kel 09

    For those of you who are making a fuss about prayer, day of prayer and other rituals – yes that's what they are- rituals. Grow up. What is amazing is that you are the same people who turn around after praying and go Rah Rah Rah in support of unnecessary wars and carnage in other countries.

    If prayer makes you feel good, fine go ahead and pray, but don't force prayer on others. I bet you hadn't thought of this, but one can be a good human being without having said a single prayer. The statistics are there to prove that at least half the people who call themselves godly have no problem with war. On the other hand, an overwhelming majority of atheists and agnostics are peace-loving and anti-war. Go figure....

    May 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Steve in DC

    Man...I love this woman! I also love how they tried to vilify her in the primaries and now the World is in love with her!

    May 7, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Chris

    I don't really have a problem with Michelle Obama, especially here.
    But since she is talking about being a positive role model and promoting a healthy lifestyle...well...doesn't her husband smoke?

    That isn't exactly the healthiest habit to practice....

    May 7, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Big Blue Incoherent Guy Who Loves Cookies

    Elmo? Gimme a break, nacho.

    Everybody knows Cookie Monster is top dog on Sesame Street.

    ....And he's blue too!

    May 7, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Nia - AZ

    awwwww very cute!!

    May 7, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Mike in Fairfax

    I don't find any fault with this at all. I just don't see why it would be newsworthy and warrant 136 comments while more pertinent articles get 30, 40 and 50 comments. What a wonderful electorate we have!

    May 7, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. B Davis

    I love it, just love it.

    May 7, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. jeeze

    To all of you knocking Michelle: At least she's never killed anyone.

    May 7, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. sue

    Love her! Great Mom, Great Role Model. Of course, I think I usually do like the First Ladies better than the Presidents! All Dem or Rep!!

    May 7, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Doug, New Jersey

    Maybe she could explain her husbands ideology in terms that even libs could understand. Get the cookie monster and tell him to line up all of his cookies. Then Mrs. Obama can take them all from him and say that this is what her husband is doing with the wealth of every hard working American!

    May 7, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. rockturner

    I am so thrilled to have a positive, upbeat and realistic family in the whitehouse.

    makes me smile to know we are finally in good hands.

    Elmo is a lucky fellow.

    May 7, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Allen

    Give me a break! Doesn't this woman have a job or something to keep her busy? It's all about me me me.............

    May 7, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Bubba

    "Barbara and Laura Bush also dropped by Sesame Street set during their husbands' terms in office" – I'd bet money that the frothy Republicans will scream that she was grandstanding and can't stay out of the public eye. Michael Savage will recommend assassination and Rush will say he eats a dozen muppets for breakfast each morning.

    "we have no idea who she is or what her ultimate goal is" Let me explain: she is from the 9th Dimension and she'll drink your blood unless you wear your tinfoil hat all night. Clear enough, Skippy? Remember, Laura Bush killed her friend back in high school, and like Ted Kennedy, didn't get a DUI. I like the non-murderous First Lady better.

    May 7, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. AHarris

    Great job, Mrs. Obama ... we could all stand to incorporate healthier habits into our daily lives!

    Like TALKING A WALK instead of posting on CNN as free (anger management) therapy! Geez!

    She did a great job- awesome message- way to go!

    May 7, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Gene

    Anyone who gets mad at this or is leaving negative comments is just LOOKING for something to be upset about and to leave negative comments. There's NOTHING negative you can possibly say about this story unless you're just a complete hater.

    May 7, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Texan

    Cute. A good message. And best of all, apolitical – in spite of several posts.

    May 7, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. B Davis - Clarkston Ga.

    She's pleasant to look at and listen too. Malia & Sasha are blessed to have a wonderful mother. I know because I have a wonderful mother too. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.

    May 7, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Gary

    HOOray for our first lady. She has class and two beautiful daughters and a loving husband, who is not afraid to show it. She should inspire all people in our country . She has done more than Laura, (whats her name) oh yea Bush did in 8 years. She should go around the country talking and inspiring all of us. Our country is very lucky to have her as first lady and her husband as president. May god look over her and her family.

    May 7, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. larry middleton

    the reason it seems like the president is doing alot of crazy spending is because of the transparencey that he promised..during the bush years alot of spending was not made public..and when it was made public it wasnt always true numbers..the people who hate obama and are constantly looking for something to critisize him for know this..the economy is sarting to recover..thing are slowley coming around the houseing market is starting to move..the nay sayers ae about to look real silly..i cant wait..we have a wonderful president and first ladie..god bless america...some americans are so resistant to any kind of change the mention of the word frightens them.a black man in the white house.a black first ladie..its more then the bigots can handle...

    May 7, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. babs

    She is a real class act. Michelle for President 2012!

    May 7, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC


    May 7, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. angie

    I don't see how some people can be so mean spirited about the First Lady making an appearance on Sesame St. To think that I breathe the same air with people who would be so cruel is unnerving at best!! You just had to drag all your hatefulness into Sesame St., wow, ya'll are really desperate for something to complain about?

    May 7, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Thomas

    I think it was a very nice thing the First Lady did there.

    May 7, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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