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Michelle Obama’s Pop Culture Highlights
One of the coolest First Ladies in recent history, Michelle Obama has become a bit of a pop culture icon, thanks to her dance moves and TV appearances. The lawyer and wife to 44th President Barack Obama has used television and social media to promote her initiatives like healthy lifestyles and support for military families. From The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to Parks and Recreation, see FLOTUS' 10 best pop culture moments, ahead.
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Parks and Recreation
Michelle Obama graced Parks and Recreation with her presence in April 2014. She was featured in the two-part season 6 finale, playing herself as Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) takes a trip to San Francisco for the National Parks Conference and brushes shoulders with the First Lady. Obama consults with Knope on the future of her career and indulges the civil servant with one awkward high-five.
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Mom Dancing with Jimmy Fallon
Michelle Obama has made her mark on late night, thanks in part to a continued collaboration with Jimmy Fallon. FLOTUS and the TV show host first teamed up in 2013, treating viewers to the "Evolution Of Mom Dancing," a segment in which the two stars busted out a variety of dance moves seen on moms through the years, from the "Go Shopping, Get Groceries," to the "Raise The Roof." Obama and Fallon rocked their coordinated cardigans once more in 2015, performing the "Evolution of Mom Dancing Part 2," complete with the "Shimmy Twist," the "Shush and Tush," and the "You Go, Girl."
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Turning Up For What
At the height of popularity for DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What," Michelle Obama got in on the fun and put a healthy spin on the hit single. FLOTUS was featured in a Vine video from The White House's official account, holding a turnip and grooving down as she asked, "Turnip for what?"
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Michelle Obama found her way to Sesame Street in 2009. The then-newly minted FLOTUS spent her time on the show discussing the importance of healthy eating and teaching Grover about breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Obama talked about the experience in May 2009, telling reporters, "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."
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CVS Shopping With Ellen DeGeneres
After making a few previous appearances on the program, Michelle Obama stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September 2016. The First Lady and the comedian had a little fun together, taking a trip to CVS to run some errands. In an attempt to get Obama comfortable with life outside of the White House, they grabbed some coupons, tried out a Coinstar machine, went through self-checkout, and Obama pushed the cart herself.
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Michelle Obama teamed up with the small screen's Naval Criminal Investigative Service in May 2016. The First Lady was featured in a season 13 episode of NCIS, playing herself. She was shown in the White House, meeting with a group of military families and Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon).
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“Ew” With Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon's "Ew!" has seen appearances by everyone from Channing Tatum to Emma Stone, and Michelle Obama joined the star-studded list of guests on the mock teen show in 2014. The episode kicked off with Fallon and Will Ferrell on the "Ew!" couch, talking shopping and One Direction. Obama then stepped onto the set, air-kissing the two and discussing the Olympics, exercise, and dance parties.
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Billy on the Street
Accompanied by Big Bird and Elena, Michelle Obama joined Billy Eichner for one episode of Billy on the Street in 2015. The group got together in a grocery store in Washington, D.C. to play a trivia game about healthy eating and exercise.
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Michelle Obama made a 2012 appearance on iCarly. FLOTUS stopped by the Nickelodeon show for one episode, playing herself as she promoted the Joining Forces initiative, an effort to support military families.
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The First Lady hit the Disney Channel in May 2014, playing herself in an episode of Jessie. She spent time with Jessie, Zuri, and Taylor, bringing Taylor's servicewoman mom home for her 10th birthday.