There isn’t a (sane) person alive that would argue against the fact that Michelle Obama has broken major ground as the First Lady of the United States. Stylish, intelligent, gracious, down-to-earth, poised, no-nonsense, and charitable are just a few of her endearing qualities. But more than that – she’s just downright lovable. Over the past eight years we’ve seen her raise the bar for every FLOTUS that will come after her by standing strong in the face of hate and disrespect from her haters. She spent countless hours working to improve the lives of all Americans, and still we were fortunate enough to see her do the most fun and relatable things in her downtime. These 10 pop culture moments are just some of the times Mrs. Obama showed her winning personality, comedic talents and dance skills. She did that while still inspiring us to be our best selves.
She surprised us with an appearance on “Carpool Karaoke” with Missy Elliott
James Cordon’s beloved “Carpool Karaoke” segment kicked up a notch when the late show host was graced with the presence of the First Lady. They took a spin around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé before picking up Missy Elliott. The amazing clip has racked up an impressive 52 million views to date.
The Mom Dancing Skit is Classic
Michelle Obama has become a recurring favorite on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Her “Dancing Mom” sketch is still one for the books. The choreographed sequence was used to promote the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, and to encourage parents everywhere to get up and exercise with their kids. Any First Lady that can work up the nerve to do The Dougie on TV should be applauded.
Her Barack Obama impersonation Was Epic
Michelle Obama, unsurprisingly, has a pretty good President Obama impersonation up her sleeve. As it turns out everyone in the Obama family does a solid impression of him, and it usually goes down at the dinner table.
The Time She Addressed the Angry Black Woman Myth Head On
You don’t make history being the first African-American First Lady, or the first anything, without having to check some haters along the way. The FLOTUS spoke candidly of being labeled the “angry black woman” by several media outlets during her husband’s eight year administration. Her story resonated with millions of Black woman, since the term is often used to paint Black women with a negative brush while ignoring the hardships they face. Her response? “Let me live my life out loud, so that people can judge and see for themselves,” she tells Oprah. Checkmate!
She Stunned Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation
Michelle Obama’s talents aren’t just limited to eloquent speeches. She’s a pretty good actress as well. The FLOTUS made a surprise appearance on the popular show Parks and Recreation playing herself as a keynote speaker in the National Parks. Leslie Knope, as expected, was incredibly starstruck and awkward. Then again, who wouldn’t be. That wasn’t Mrs. Obama’s only acting gig. She also appeared in NCIS and Sesame Street, to name a few.
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America’s First Lady gave Lil Jon’s crunk hit “Turn Down for What,” hit a healthy new remix. In a vine clip posted to the White House’s official account, the FLOTUS posted the question “Turnip For What?” The cute and catchy clip has outlived even the defunct platform it was posted on.
She’s a Card Carrying Member of the Bey Hive
Michelle Obama is an admitted Beyoncé stan, but her kinship with Queen Bey goes just beyond a mutual admiration. Not only did Bey sing at President Obama’s second inauguration, they also partnered together on the “Let’s Move” initiative. Queen Bey borrowed the beat from her dance hit “Get Me Bodied” and created “Move Your Body,” inspiring kids to get moving and active with a series of dance moves. Beyoncé famously surprised NYC public school kids by crashing their performance of the track.
Her CVS Shopping Spree With Ellen
Michelle Obama is looking forward to her post White House days when she can finally do her own shopping. Leave it to Ellen to take Michelle on a fun and mischievous practice run to CVS. Fun fact: CVS was the first pharmacy store to remove cigarettes from their store shelves in an effort to promote health. So the promo here definitely made sense.
She’ll Pull Up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon For the Culture
Jimmy Fallon is known for pulling pranks on the unsuspecting. So it warmed our hearts when folks who thought they were recording goodbye messages to the First Lady were stunned when she actually stepped from behind the curtain. Talk about a First Lady with true impact.
Her Reminder That Black Girls Rock
In case her exemplary work over the last eight years doesn’t say it loudly enough, Michelle Obama’s speech at BET’s Black Girls Rock should drive the message home for you.
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