Michelle Obama And The Jumping Jacks Mob
There’s no stopping Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move! campaign.
This time, she was targeting the Washington DC’s grade school kids. And she was having fun!
On Tuesday, October 11, the First Lady was leading about 400 elementary and middle-school students from Washington, Maryland and Virginia in one minute of continuous jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House. Her goal, aside from promoting fitness and healthy eating, was to help set a world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.
Attempt To Break The Jumping Jacks World Record
To break the record, more than 20,425 people from around the world must be recorded doing jumping jacks by 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday, October 12. National Geographic Kids magazine is supporting Mrs. Obama’s initiative by hosting events across the country in schools, malls, parks and other places.
From The Washington Post:
The first lady bounced out to squeals from the crowd.
“We’re going to show people today is that moving is fun, right?” she exhorted.
Yeah!!! The kids were all ready to jump their little hearts out. . .
Obama began jumping jacks at the stroke of 3 p.m.; the kids broke ranks and pressed around her, some jumping jacks, some just bouncing up and down and mugging for the cameras. At the end of the minute, the tiny mob rushed the first lady. . . and almost knocked her down.
Secret Service agents swooped in while (The Today Show’s Al) Roker vainly tried to regain some semblance of order : “Everybody get back in line!” Obama never stopped grinning, one kid ran over to reporters and exclaimed: “She touched my hand!”
Just One More Let’s Move! Promotion
It was just one more outdoor activity keeping the First Lady’s body busy, after last week’s soccer clinic and pumpkin picking and a tennis exhibition last month.
You can see a video of the event here.
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