Michelle Obama is quite the ham. She has made cameo appearances on television about 44 times since her husband took office as the President of the United States.
It is not uncommon for modern first ladies to make television appearances — Hilary Clinton and Laura Bush both made appearances during their time in the White House — but Obama is the fitness-loving propaganda arm of her husband’s 2012 campaign.
Whether doing push-ups on “The Biggest Loser,” chatting with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show,” or appearing on children’s shows like “iCarley,” “Sesame Street” and Nickelodeon’s “Kids Choice Awards” alongside the likes of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, the first lady has been highly televised.
According to FOX News, Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center said Obama really is “off the charts” in the number of times she’s appeared in entertainment television cameos, even more so “than I dare say many big name actors and actresses.”
The first lady’s stated mission in appearing on so many television shows is to push her “Let’s Move” initiative and encourage Americans to exercise and eat healthy foods. Some people say she is also doing a great deal of campaigning.
“I think they have a great asset and they’re using it,” Schoen said. “At its core, there is an election in seven months and it helps.”
In light of recent criticisms about living a jet-setting lifestyle on the taxpayer dime, perhaps the first lady could get paid for her future cameos and put the money toward her Air Force One fuel costs.