Thursday, February 21, 2013

Big Bird Visits First Lady At The White House To Celebrate Let's Move! Third Anniversary

Mrs. Obama and her fluffy friend promote healthy eating and physical activity in two new White House videos that will air on PBS stations across the nation...
President Obama got loads of political mileage from Big Bird during the race to retain the White House after GOP challenger Mitt Romney said he'd defund the beloved character and Sesame Street.  Perhaps in gratitude for the First Fan saving him from the chopping block, the fluffy fellow has joined First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate the third anniversary of Let's Move!, and appears with her in two new White House videos released today that promote healthy eating and physical activity. UPDATE: The WH released another video starring the duo.

"The new PSAs feature Mrs. Obama and Big Bird in the White House showing kids how easy and delicious it is to eat healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables and demonstrating fun ways to get active like dancing and jumping," the White House said.

Mrs. Obama and Big Bird stand in the White House Kitchen and discuss "healthy, crunchy vegetables" as the best snacks to choose in the 30-second video "Healthy Eating Can Be Easy!"  In the second 30-second spot, "Let's Move! with Big Bird at the White House," the fluffster dances in the East Room as Mrs. Obama says "It's important to get your body moving every single day to keep your body healthy!"

"Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the show, will distribute these PSAs to 320 PBS Stations, Sesame Workshop’s partner channels, as part of their Healthy Habits for Life Initiative," the White House said.  The PSAs will also posted on the Sesame Street and websites.

Mrs. Obama appeared on Sesame Street in 2010 with Big Bird and his fellow creatures to promote gardening. The First Lady begins a three-state tour next week for the third anniversary (THE SCHEDULE) and kicks her celebration off on Friday, Nov. 22, with a sit down interview  with child health activist Jimmy Fallon on his show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which airs on NBC at 12:35 PM ET.

*White House videos