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Michelle Obama (b. 1964) is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

In May 2009, Obama visited the set of Sesame Street, where she recorded a PSA about healthy eating and nutrition with Elmo. She also filmed a segment with Elmo and the Kids (including Fatima Ptacek) about planting a garden to grow fresh vegetables. (First: Episode 4187) Visiting the U.S. Mission to the United Nations later that day, she talked about her experience: "I never thought I'd be on Sesame Street with Elmo and Big Bird and I was thrilled. I'm still thrilled. I'm on a high. I think it's probably the best thing I've done at the White House."[1] She and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, visited the Kaufman Astoria Studios, unofficially, in March 2010.[2]

Obama is not the first First Lady to visit Sesame Street. Barbara Bush read a book with Big Bird and the Count in 1990, Hillary Clinton talked to Big Bird and Rosita about healthy living tips in 1993, and Laura Bush read a book with Big Bird and Elmo in 2003.

Obama also appeared with cast members of Sesame Street during the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll.

In 2011, Mrs. Obama appeared alongside Dr. Jill Biden, Elmo and Rosita in a series of public service announcements promoting support to military families.

Kermit the Frog appeared at the White House for The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 1, 2011, and read "A Visit from St. Nicholas" with Mrs. Obama, which was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.

An Anything Muppet caricature of her appears as President Elmo's First Lady in the "Elmo the Musical" segment, "President the Musical."

In 2013, Big Bird appeared with Mrs. Obama in two PSAs for her childhood health initiative, Let's Move!

On October 30, 2013, Obama was joined by Elmo and Rosita to announce that Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in a two-year agreement to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids.

Obama appeared on Sesame Street again during season 45, in a segment with Grover about the importance of breakfast. (First: Episode 4521)

Public Service Announcements

Sources

BigBird-Obama-ThankYou

Big Bird's thank you note to Mrs. Obama (February 2013)

  1. Chozick, Amy. "Pool Report", The Wall Street Journal. May 5, 2009.
  2. Bryan, Clifford "Michelle Obama stops by Kaufman Astoria Studios Sesame Street stage with daughters" examiner.com, March 24th, 2010

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