Michelle Obama surprised the Cary Family YMCA SuperSkippers, a competitive group of teenage jump ropers, on ABC’s Live! With Kelly Monday as an anonymous ‘expert double dutcher’ and they got the shock of their life!
Host Kelly Ripa set the ambush up when she asked the teenagers to teach her how to double dutch (which involves two long jump ropes being turned simultaneously as one or more players skip over them) while informing the team that there was an expert ‘in the building…let’s bring her out now.’
As the awe was sinking in, First Lady Obama hugged each of the SuperSkippers.
Always fashionably turning heads and jumping rope was no different! The mother-of-two decided on high-waisted blue pants, a printed shirt teamed with a green cardigan.
“You’re pretty amazing,” FLOTUS said to the team.
Trying to move the dialogue along with the group who was still overcoming their shock, Michelle asked: “Turning is just as important as jumping, right?”
“I can’t do that, let’s just start right there. I can turn, but not like that,” she said.
After a first failed attempt to maintain rhythm, the First Lady prompted the rope-turners to ‘turn a little faster.’
And viola! Like a real pro, Mrs. Obama kicked her feet with enough coordination to miss the turning rope—successfully double dutching.
Her performance drew a round of applause from the team as well as the audience.
“That was amazing, did I look as dignified?” Ripa asked.
Later on the President’s wife stayed for a further segment on the show that featured “Iron Chef” star Marc Forgioni, who cooked a meal using a ‘basket of vegetables’ from the White House garden.
Forgioni blended blended lavender-crusted goat’s cheese, balsamic-black pepper reduction and sauteed onions.
‘This is really good,’ she told Mr Forgioni.
Mrs Obama, who has released her own cook book titled American Grown: “The Story Of The White House Garden And Gardens Across America,” said: ‘The point is that’s what vegetables should be and if kids grow up tasting that… parents all you need is a reduction!’