Michelle Obama drops by 'Late Show'
March 20th, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Michelle Obama drops by 'Late Show'

First lady Michelle Obama made a charming appearance on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" last night.  She discussed everything from her father's battle with multiple sclerosis to which family member takes the dog out for walks.  Check out a clip from that appearance, plus some of our favorite Michelle Obama moments from recent weeks.

Stealthy Target run - It may be difficult, but the first lady occasionally gets to do "normal" things, like taking trips to Petco.  Hear her tell David Letterman about an incognito trip to Target, and how she almost got caught.

Push-up contest - Michelle Obama's interest in fitness is clear from her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity.  So when Ellen DeGeneres challenged her (and her famously muscular arms) to a push-up contest, the first lady was game.  Watch to see how many push-ups she did.

First family fitness - Michelle Obama sat down with CNN to talk about all things fitness.  Learn about the fun activity she does with her daughters to stay fit, and which snack her husband can't stay away from.

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  1. Smart

    Then get ready to wait until 2016 :).

    March 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vixen's Mama

    Michelle is a lying socialist nut bag like her husband. we'll all be better off with them out of the White House.

    March 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PeterT

    This is the best clip ever! Michelle Obama is so cute. I can totally see this happening! Love her!

    March 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miggie W

      I thought only college drop out athletes use " You Know" in their vernacular, suprised to hear a Princeton, Harvard Law graduate speak like this. I guess you would since you teach your children about South Chicago. As a Black American I am competely embarassed that the first lady spoke like that. In my humble opinion the epitome of an Affirmative Action student who went to ivy league schools and skated or pushed through because of color and government aid. Again sadly embarassed by this video. Oh by the way Michelle Black people who you were trying to show you are still with it, they don't watch Letterman, they watch BET, and most are not registered to vote. I know I have at least 4 in my own family shouting Obama thank God I didnot drink your poison media fabricated husbands rhetoric. Again embarassing.

      March 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anon

    what a stooge

    March 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ramble3144

    Did she take my 757 to get there? And why is she shopping at a capitalist place anyway? She's not a believer.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Inge G

    During the interview between Michelle Obama and David Letterman, Obama used the words "you know" at least 15 times before I changed the channel. How can an educated person use such poor language? Her entire bebavior was unbecoming a First Lady.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Matthew

    can't any of you appreciate this page for what it is? this woman is married to the president and occasionally appears on television shows for interviews. this is clearly not politics but an ENTERTAINMENT piece and how any of you could derive such negative things to say about the first lady from this is beyond me.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David g

    Yes shes SO smart (Im SURE she would have gotten into Harvard without "Checking the Affirmative action" box)
    And she cares SO much for the planet (except when her and Obama take separate planes to Marthas Vinyard for (yet) ANOTHER vacation

    I know I know Libs-I dont think that the Obamas are dreamy therfore- I hate women , Im a racist, abortion yada yada
    i dont care as long as we get someone else in the white-house!!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Clearly you don't know how affirmative action works. But why would you assume she was not qualified to go to Harvard? Oh yeah, that's right, she's black. That assumption is racist, you idiot. But I understand, you need to believe that and find some phony way to explain why you aren't capable of accomplishing a fraction of what she can do. You poor thing.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JCJ

    Why does she need to go to Petco or Target? Why spend the $$ having Secret Service following you when it is not necessary? Every time she steps out of the WH for silly reasons it costs us taxpayers a whole lot of money. Stay home unless it is official WH business. And why could her daughter not spend spring break someplace like the Gulf Coast or California where the good old USA would benefit from the tax dollars instead of a foreign county?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Liblover

    It's funny that this would even be brought up, since it was a staged event.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    Michelle Obama is awesome. What a women!!!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wayup

    wow i love to see all of this racism, calling people out of there name. i guess if she said the sky was blue, you would have a problem with that. why don't we just get a "good"white rich republican and the world will be fine!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thomas

    M.O. didn't even come close to doing push ups like E.D. E.D. went down to the floor and touched her chest, which is the way a push up is supposed to be done. M.O. just went down a little and came back up. These kinds of push ups should not have even counted for her. I'd sill marry her though. I think she is so beautiful and SMART. What a combo.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gaucho420

    One of the best 1st ladies in a long time. I travel quite a bit and worldwide, people are quite impressed by Mrs. Obama.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCJ

      The folks you meet in your "worldwide" don't have to foot the bill for her travel costs. We Americans do that!

      March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Art Vandolay

    It was a strange interview. And from what I saw, 1st Lady needs to work off that JLO booty some. Whats good for the goose, is good for her.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jerry

    Well, so much for being frugal and looking after the economy of America. I can never fathom how the Obama clan can spend taxpayer funds like there is no tomorrow. Twenty five Secret Service agents?! And, how many exorbitantly paid nannies and other butt wipers?! How hypocritical can this mooching family get???!!!

    Target trip?! These moochers must be getting really desperate. The 2012 election can not arrive soon enough.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  17. m

    and this is news? who cares? where is the real news cnn-pravda???

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mark from Louisiana

    Why no mention of the obamas forcing news outlets to remove news reports about her daughter and a dozen friends going to mexico for spring break along with 35 secret service agents....even though the state dept. advises Americans not to go there. How much will that spring break trip cost the taxpayers?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • CN Red

      God forbid they try and protect their daughter from the drug-lords of a third world country by not broadcasting her visit all over the media. Jeez, you Southerners are as slow and stupid as the stereotypes suggest!

      March 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Really. Go fly your Confederate flag somewhere else you stupid, republican red-neck!

      March 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tano

    ..The Obama's 12 year old, Malia wanted to go to Mexico to vacation there. The State Department stated that people should be cautious about going down those areas. She went anyway, with 25 secret service people. Now, an earthquake has occurred around that area. You know, sometimes, you should listen to those who know best, even if they had no clue about the quake!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Really?

    Samuel, care to grace us with what Mrs. Bush may have done for this country? Mrs. Dole? I thought Hilary did quite well.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Chris

    Didn't they do this same article like 8 months ago?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ghw

    Poor baby....nobody recognized her....maybe nobody cares!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Samuel R. Preston, III

    Besides turning her personal training aspirations into a byline for the nation, what exactly has this First Lady done, of merit, in the critical role she (should) play for our country? I can't think of anything, either.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • CN Red @ Samuel R. Jaque-Ass

      Getting kids of their fat, lazy a55e5, out from in front of the TV and outside is more than a job in itself! What have you done, loser?

      March 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Didi

      She and Mrs. Biden have spearheaded a lot of different efforts to help our troops transition when they come home, get treatment etc. She also works closely with military families to provide various services. It was recently reported that unemployment among former troops has been cut in half (not that Michelle Obama deserves all or most credit for this) but she's definitely done a lot to shine a light on the issue. That, along with government initiatives like the new GI Bill that Barack supported back in '08 are definitely helping though. =)

      March 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  24. rideallday

    remind me how this is news?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jen

      @Cobra,i'll bet your name has nothing to do with your tiny anatomy you little hater.lmao

      March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Faxon

    Yea. Right. Incognito. With a posse of guys in suits with Uzi's, and a cavalcade of black Suburbans.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |


    March 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Just like all the respect the media gave to our last president.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debby

      No thanks I didn't vote for him.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ukelele

      I thought H.W.'s bride looked like his mom ... but uglier. And she should've practiced birth control. I think Laura married an idiot. And I think Micky (we're on a nickname basis) should be closing real estate deals (you know - the "subsidized" ones) somewhere. I also think that her hubbie is going to be "asked' to relinquish his employment - which Micky, as an attorney, probably suspects.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Slobowitz

    I'd hit that!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  28. REM

    she is the coolest First Lady ever! She shops at Target, loves great food ... what more could America ask for!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faxon

      Somebody who goes on vacation in America, and who is not a complete hypocrite.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  29. vtwin

    A Pig with lipstick is still a PIG

    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LSpencer

      Some of this hate filled comments are so ignorant, they are funny. But get one thing straight, the world as you knew it in the 1960's run by white men is over. GET A GRIP and DEAL WITH IT!!! You can SAY whatever you want. It won't change that. DEAL WITH IT!!!

      March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • justice for all

      vtwin – it takes one to know one!

      March 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  30. rickwh

    I'm a 55 year old male and I want to just say that Michelle Obama is probably the best first lady that I have aver witnessed in my lifetime. I'm so glad that she is who she is. I truly hope to see her in her current role for at least 4 more years.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Julia

    I think she wore sunglasses at Target. But to me, that means someone is a celebrity, or was crying or something. Hardly incognito.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ellen in CA

    I believe that Michelle Obama is a happily married wife and mother. She is also a professional, a lawyer, she has many talents and abilities she wants to share with others. Is that so wrong? Those who constantly criticize her could have a touch of envy. Envy is a very ugly trait!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark from Louisiana

      What about her patient dumping scheme at the Chicago hospital that she was a board member of?

      March 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Breathingagain

    At least Rosie is gone.
    That's a breath of fresh air.
    I can't even imagine ... well, you know ...

    March 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. i_know_everything

    my post above was meant as a reply to Smith, damn you disqus

    March 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mark

    Quite funny how her "secret incognito" trip to Target was photographed...eh? Folks, every move/speech at the political level is calculated, planned out and endlessly debated on how, we the people will view or react to them. Nothing and I mean nothing is spur of the moment or off-the-cuff. So wake up and realize that it is all a great big Sales/Marketing Campaign. I actually watched Letterman last night, and was quite ashamed of how he conducted himself, he without question bashed Republican/Conservatives and pandered to the Democrats. A recent report had anti-Repbulican jokes at a rate of 3-1 vs. Democrat jokes from all Late Night talk show hosts. Now, I consider myself an intelligent Independent that has always voted for the person and not the party, but it is clear to me that the MSM and their parent companies, have an agenda and they are overtly trying to influence how we think/act by using their shows and news channels. Sad, very sad.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tinisha

      @Mark If the republicans and their ilk wi=ould just stop doing and saying things that are stupid then maybe those in the MSM would not have much to say. You cant blame the media for the republicans looking foolish. They do that all on their own.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  36. 0bamtolerance

    "Got this in a size 38?"

    March 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Steve C.

    I'd do her!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  38. showbama2012

    More pro-Obama coverage for the election by CNN....go figure

    March 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNenema

      You mean ... you're not "in?"
      I think maybe some more slavery coverage.
      Maybe a month or two of Holocaust articles, get Joe Lieberman in there again.
      This place is a tad "transparent," - like their idol.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Robert

    How do you suppose everyone missed all the secret service surrounding her in the Target? Do ppl really believe that the first lady of the United States would be out and about @ a Target shopping alone without secret service all over the place. Did she just pull up in a Prius and walk in alone? Love her, but this is a political move to depict that she's just like everyone else. Everyone else without a brain thinking she would be in there alone buying laundry detergent.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • c

      I agree with you. The everyday woman who got paid a quarter million to work three days a week. The every day woman who is against big corporations yet sat on the board of 6. The everyday woman who somehow with her husbands meger salary afforded a half million dollar home. If that is everyday than I am way poor

      March 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Bob

    Was that the trip to Target where her press secretary had a photographer meet her at Target so her anonymous trip could be publicized?

    March 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  41. GIUK

    Michelle Obama rocks!

    March 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  42. ShockeyShah

    I think it's great that she went in there looking like the Grinch. O wait. You mean that wasn't a disguise? OOOOFFFFAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Harry Martin

    Why is this news?

    March 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Fulgerio

    Did she get lost and leave seeing that all the signs were in Mexican?

    March 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Himalaya777

    I think that Michelle Obama is a great inspiration for women to become independent, develop knowledge and skills, take care of oneself, dress well, present oneself well, take care of husband and children, take care of others as much as possible and do it all without ceasing. Great inspiration to all people regardless of religious beliefs, political views, class, country of origin, etc. God bless her and her family!

    March 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccc

      I see where you want to believe these things. However, you really need to explore her past, it is quite revealing

      March 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  46. charity

    She walked into the store, and said, "I'll take it!"

    March 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  47. CN Red

    You ppl are so lame. Get a life.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  48. She's outed

    Target? Class will tell, I suppose.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • TAK

      If she went to Nordstrom you'd slap her with an elitist label. At least it wasn't a Walmart.

      March 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Rock

    How was she "incognito" if there were cameras all around her?

    March 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  50. CN Red

    I would love to suck on Observer's slogan

    March 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Smith

    No doubt, she was there to tell Dave and the staff what to eat, how much to eat, how much exercise, etc.

    Seems the far lef tis all about "choice" when it comes to the murder of babies. Dietary choices, not so much.

    March 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Suggesting a diet versus making laws determining whether someone can have an abortion or not are extremely different things.

      March 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sella

      You sound quite intimidated. Smart and independent women make you nervous?

      March 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davethecanuck

      Dumb... just plain dumb.

      March 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB

      you're a tool

      March 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      You are an idiot. That is all.

      March 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • rayray

      you are getting on the women for educating the public on the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise? This is the number one reason healthcare has sky rocketed is because we are pigs that sit on our behinds and eat whatever we please. we end being obese, get diabetes, have heart disease, and get cancer. Seriously if you are going to get on a soapbox at least do it for a cause that makes sense. How about getting on people for adopting homeless puppies or something 😉

      March 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ericbrett73

      You have got to come up with a better argument as to why you dislike her policies. Honestly, trying to help people be more healthy really isn't that credible. Actually, it makes you look like the run of the mill 'HATER'. FYI, when you have a solid point, people will get behind you. Unfortunately, you fall very short here.

      March 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Rush! Did they finally lock you out of the studio?

      March 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • carl7912

      It's all in your mind. There is no indication that she told them any of that stuff. And to the jerk above who told the young person to listen to her dad because she think's Michelle is neat, get a life.

      March 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Dumb post #1.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • i_know_everything


      March 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • tinsiha

      Suggestions to someone on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle is quite different from someone forcing someone else to medical procedures that they don need or want. Getting an abortion is a personal choice between the the mother and her doctor. If a woman does want to have an abortion that is her right but if she does you and anyone like you do not have the right to tell me what to do with my body. Your comment makes you sound unintelligent.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Why are anti choice people so concerned with other people's fetuses when they could care less what happens to the child when they are born. What if a child is born and they live off welfare for the rest of their lives. I'm sure you would have a problem with that. And it isnt baby killing it's a freaking embryo you moron!

      March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh

      Or most liberals do not think that science is of the devil.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • yaaaa

      How stu pid is that smith? re-read it

      March 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny flynn

      Be quite fatty

      March 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      you are a stone cold moron and a loser

      March 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      IDIOT. She is just giving you an opinion of what you can do to become healthier. You are probably a fat slob, who knows nothing about health. You probably have multiple ailments and are leaching off your employer's healthcare, that's if you even have a job.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Richard Fore

    I think she is neat. My daddy observer dont like her, I dont know why? Dont tell any body but I dont think he's too smart.

    March 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sit down and do as you're told

      Listen to your Father, child. He is wise beyond words. And redouble your efforts at grammar. Ask Dad where your glaring mistake is. He'll steer you right there too.

      March 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • FinnGoDo

      Think for yourself, Richard. Ask questions, be observant, and try your best to understand the world around you. First Lady Obama is a great role model whether or not you agree with her husband's political ideology or not. Stay smart.

      March 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • m

      you poor baby...you can't even speak correctly.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Central Park West

      Love Mrs. O – she supports the best causes: military families, spouses, children and the fight against preventable child diseases. Just awesome to have this public face for these worth areas!

      March 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      Richard, do not listen to "Sit down and do as you're told", he is an idiot beyond words, he and your father have no idea why they hate the Obama's. They grew up in the 50's and 60's when we did not know as much as we do now, and they are still ignorant, they will never change. Our generation is better and every generation to follow will be better, we just need the older/ignorant folks to die off so that we can live in a better world.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |

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