Entries in Michelle Obama (15)


The Story Behind Michelle Obama's Oscars Appearance

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(LOS ANGELES) -- While everyone knows that the spy-thriller Argo won best picture, thanks to first lady Michelle Obama’s presentation of the award on Sunday, it turns out that her appearance was a bit of a secret operation itself.

Producers of the Academy Awards are revealing the lengths they went to in order to get Mrs. Obama to appear in the ceremony and to keep her appearance a surprise until the last second.

Producer Craig Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter that the idea for Mrs. Obama’s appearance was first pitched by Harvey Wienstein’s daughter Lily. The producers liked the idea, and flew out to the White House in secret, telling many of their colleagues that they were going to New York instead. They kept the details of the trip and their plans off of any manifests and program runs to prevent leaks.

When asked, the first lady agreed immediately, saying that it was a great idea, and noting that the first family watches movies at the White House all the time in the private theatre. Obama and the producers then surveyed various rooms of the White House to decide where she should broadcast from.

Obama was introduced by film legend Jack Nicholson on the Dolby Theatre stage in Los Angeles. Nicholson had a second envelope with the winner in it, in case a technical error with the connection upset their well-laid plans.

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Michelle Obama Guilty Pleasures: French Fries, "Real Housewives"

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michelle Obama is set to appear on Live! with Kelly and Michael on Friday. And, as they did with Mitt and Ann Romney, the hosts subjected her to a lightning round of questions.

They got the first lady to admit to a couple of guilty pleasures: the Real Housewives reality TV franchise -- and French fries.

Take a look at this sneak peek:


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Revealed: How Michelle Obama’s DNC Nail Polish Was Made

(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) -- Michelle Obama’s trendsetting DNC manicure was more than a year in the making. Celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik (his clients include Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, and Jennifer Lopez) created the color with Artistic Nail Design “a little more than a year ago,” and said the process took a lot of trial and error.

“I was looking at what was popular and kind of where we were going in color,” he told at HBO’s pre-Emmys Luxury Lounge, where he and his L’Oreal team polished the nails of Emmy nominees and guests. “At the time, the gray-beiges and taupey-beiges were getting really popular but a lot of my clients and their skin tones were more cool, more lavender. So I put a little purple in with the grayish beige to create that tone. It also has a little silver in it to give it some luminosity.”

Bachik didn’t know the first lady wore his color, Vogue, until days after her Sept. 4 speech, when the Wall Street Journal revealed the name of her nail polish.

“I was working, I missed the speech, and it wasn’t until my friends told me ‘Hey, Michelle’s wearing your color,’” he said. “It looked gorgeous on her. She went with something more modern and on trend, and I think that’s why everyone jumped on it and thought it was a great choice.”

But if he could pick a color for her election day manicure, he’d go with something more traditional: a jewel toned red called The Queen’s Might, part of L’Oreal’s new collection with “Project Runway.”

“It gives you that kind of classic feel,” he said. “But at the same time, by being on trend, it shows that she’s relating to what’s happening now.”

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Michelle Obama Presents Top Ten List on "Late Show"

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The first lady just can't get enough of David Letterman.

Last week, Michelle Obama dropped by CBS' Late Show with David Letterman to discuss the election season and her "Let's Move!" nutrition and fitness campaign.  She returned to the program on Wednesday night, appearing via satellite from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., to present a top ten list.

Mrs. Obama read the "Top Ten Reasons to Watch the Democratic National Convention."  She joked that there would be "no Kiss Cam," recalling a moment at a basketball game in July when she and President Obama initially refused to smooch while featured on a Kiss Cam.

Number two on the list: "Joe Biden says it will be a big you-know-what deal," alluding to the vice president using the "F" word in range of an open mic a few years ago after health care legislation was passed.

The number-one reason delivered by the first lady: "At long last, I'll reveal who I'm voting for."

Here is the top ten list, in reverse order:

10. "Spoiler alert: the Democrats will nominate Barack Obama."
9. "It's like having a crowded convention center right in your own living room."
8. "You don't have to be a Democrat to enjoy balloons."
7. "Finally, you get to see some coverage of the presidential campaign."
6. "As a healthy alternative, we're using low-fat confetti."
5.  "If you were appearing at a national political convention, I'd watch."
4. "There will be no Kiss Cam."
3. "It's gotta be better than what you're watching now."
2. "Joe Biden says it will be a big you-know-what deal."
1. "At long last, I'll reveal who I'm voting for."

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Appear on 'Live! with Kelly'

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- First lady Michelle Obama is set to appear on ABC's Live! with Kelly on Monday, June 18 to chat with host Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Bryant Gumbel.  The first lady is promoting her new book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, which highlights recipes and suggests tips on how to start your own garden.

Iron Chef's Marc Forgione will also appear on Monday's episode to take “LIVE’s White House Garden Challenge." Forgione will have to create a healthy yet tasty dish on the spot using fresh herbs and vegetables brought by the first lady straight from the White House garden.

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Michelle Obama Wishes She Was...Beyonce?

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Being the first lady of the United States undoubtedly has its perks, but that doesn’t stop Michelle Obama from envying the lives of others.  Asked by People magazine who she’d be if she could be someone else, Mrs. Obama told the magazine, “Gosh. If I had some gift, I’d be Beyonce, I’d be some great singer.”

Obama is certainly a household name in her own right, so why be Blue Ivy’s mom?  She told People, “The power of music, being able to play an instrument … It looks like musicians just have the most fun.”

Back in April, Beyonce penned an open letter expressing how highly she thinks of Obama, lauding the first lady for being a “caring mother” and “loving wife,” and standing firm under pressure.  Shortly after that, Obama returned the love in a tweet, saluting Beyonce for being a good role model herself.

Beyonce also serenaded the first couple with Etta James’ “At Last” on the night of President Obama’s inauguration.

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HBO’s "Veep" Looked to White House for Style Inspiration

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When it came to dressing the first lady of HBO’s Veep, only one woman in Washington proved stylish enough to serve as inspiration: Michelle Obama.

“Michelle Obama, she doesn’t look like a suited woman,” Ernesto Martinez, Veep’s lead costume designer, told ABC News. “She feels pretty. She likes dresses and heels and she’s not afraid to wear them. We went for that.”

Even Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, formerly the paragon of White House style, didn’t enter into the picture. “Julia really, really liked Michelle,” Martinez said of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays Selina Meyers. “She is a great fan of the Obamas. I felt we should do Selina’s version of what Michelle would wear.”

While Selina’s political affiliation isn’t revealed in the new HBO show — though her predilection for cursing, hissing, and jamming her foot firmly in her mouth is known around the Beltway — her well fitted skirts and penchant for crimson call to mind 2008's would-be veep, Sarah Palin. Although Martinez called Palin’s style metamorphosis during that campaign “truly remarkable,” he said Louis-Dreyfus “didn’t want to look anything like that.”

“We used a lot of designer pieces,” he said, citing Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada. Selina’s signature accessory: A strand of Mikimoto pearls. Jeans and fleeces need not apply.

“There are a lot of points in the series where she’s accused of being a diva and being disconnected from the people,” Martinez said. And unlike actual elected officials, no one will take pains to show Selina’s thrifty side.

“She really is disconnected,” Martinez laughed. “She likes clothes and she likes parties.”

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Gabrielle Union Felt Right at Home at White House

Prince Williams/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- During actress Gabrielle Union’s sit-down on the Chelsea Lately show Thursday night to promote her new film, Think Like a Man, the talk briefly shifted from relationships to politics when Union recalled her dinner with the Obamas.

“I guess I was thinking that they would have pate and this super fancy stuff, so we’re trying to eat before we go, just in case they didn’t have good food,” the actress told Chelsea Handler.

But Union was in for a surprise when she arrived at the White House with boyfriend and Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade.

“We get there and [Obama's] got Jay-Z playing and Janet Jackson, potato salad and baked beans and we’re like, ‘Yeah!’ So we ate again.”

The star kept the laughs coming as she talked about the bong-loving “losers” she’s dated and getting her hair weave pat-down by the TSA, joking that airport security thinks she has “weapons of mass destruction” in her hair.

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Beyonce Pens Love Letter to Michelle Obama

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s no secret that hip-hop’s first family is a huge fan of the Obamas, but Beyonce went a step further Wednesday, posting a love letter to first lady Michelle Obama on her website.

In the letter, which appears to be handwritten, the pop star called Michelle Obama “the ULTIMATE example of a truly strong African American woman.”

“No matter the pressure, and the stress of being under the microscope -- she’s humble, loving, and sincere,” Beyonce wrote. “Michelle, thank you so much for every single thing that u do for us -- I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to.”

It’s not clear if Beyonce also mailed the note to the White House (her publicist did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment).

Meanwhile, President Obama voiced his approval of Beyonce’s husband in a new Atlantic article. Asked whether he prefers Kanye West or Jay-Z -- the longtime collaborators headlined the Grammy-winning album Watch the Throne last year -- the president smiled and answered “Jay-Z.”

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Michelle Obama to Appear on 'The Colbert Report'

Leon Neal/WPA POOL/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since becoming first lady, Michelle Obama will appear on The Colbert Report.

"We are honored that the First Lady is joining us and I trust that the feeling is mutual," said host Stephen Colbert.

Mrs. Obama will speak on the first anniversary of her Joining Forces initiative that supports veterans and military families.  The first time she sat on Colbert's couch was in 2008 during his Pennsylvania Democratic primary coverage.

Mrs. Obama is set to appear on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 PM ET/PT.

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