WASHINGTON — First Lady Michelle Obama played the straight woman in a spoof with Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell dressed in drag as young teen girls Thursday, giving NBC’s “The Tonight Show” new host a boost in his first week on the job. She also revealed that daughter Malia—who turns 16 this summer—will be learning how to drive.
The “Ew!”skit was not as memorable as the smash “Evolution of Mom Dancing” Mrs. Obama and Fallon pumped out last year—but it did give Mrs. Obama a chance to show off a few of her moves as she worked pitches for healthy eating between the inane mock teen babble between Fallon and Ferrell.
Coming back on set after the skit, Mrs. Obama spent about ten minutes with Fallon talking about daughters Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12 with Fallon giving her openings to promote “Let’s Move,” her signature anti-obesity, healthy eating campaign—marking its fourth anniversary this month—and pitching young people to sign up for Obamacare.
Mrs. Obama was chatty when Fallon asked about the girls.
“We keep them busy, away from the TV,” Mrs. Obama said. “They are into sports and school and all that good stuff.”
The Obama daughters “want nothing to do with us,” Mrs. Obama said. Malia pleads with her mom, “just please don’t come to my school, just keep your SWAT team and your, “ Mrs. Obama said, not completing her sentence. The girls “really want normalcy, and the White House isn’t normal. So they go other places. I‘ll say, ‘don’t you want to invite your friends over to watch a movie?’ and she’s told “No one wants to come here. …They really want to be normal.”
Fallon asked if the girls are they driving.
“Malia will be. She is going to turn 16 this summer, so we are kind of dealing with that. ….One of the things that I told my staff, that I’ve told the Secret Service is that when we’re out of here in a few years, they’ve got to be able to function as normal people, and so driving is a part of that, so we are going to have to figure that out. Ladies and gentlemen of DC, watch out! Malia Obama on the road.”
Mrs. Obama told Fallon she is watching the Olympics each night and likes to watch figure skating and skiing—a sport she enjoys. And speaking of exercise, Mrs. Obama, pitching “Let’s Move,” said they are asking people to take pictures and videos of them moving and post the images on social media. “If we get enough of a response,”(using the hashtag #LetsMove) the president and maybe the vice president will show us “how they move.”
She joked she has the clout to make it happen; she just needs to say, “Yo babe, hook me up.”
Turning serious, Mrs. Obama and Fallon—knowing that Fallon draws a young audience– pushed young people to sign-up for Obamacare—the Affordable Care Act. Getting younger customers is crucial for health health insurance companies—who offer cheaper rates if healthy younger people are in the risk pool.
“A lot of young people think they are invincible. But the truth is young people are knuckleheads,” she said. “They’re the ones who are cooking for the first time and slicing their fingers open, they are a dancing on the barstools,” Mrs. Obama said of potential accidents.
“ …Now young people can get insurance for as low as $50 a month, less than the cost of gym shoes,” Mrs. Obama said, showing her Chicago linguistic roots in using the term “gym shoes” to describe a variety of sports shoes.