Michelle Hits 142 at Hula Hoops
But the über-fit first lady just can't do double dutch
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2009 2:00 AM CDT
A group of children at rear watch as First lady Michelle Obama exercises by jump-roping during a healthy kids fair on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009.    (Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – The president isn't the only Obama with impressive hoops prowess: Michelle managed 142 swivels of a hula hoop yesterday during a "healthy kids fair" on the White House lawn. Jumping rope double dutch? Not so much. The first lady also gave a pep talk about eating right to about 100 children and parents from local elementary schools. Obama said it's OK to eat fun stuff sometimes as long as you usually eat right.

"Look, my favorite food in the whole wide world are french fries," she said. "I love them. Dearly. Deeply. I have a good relationship with french fries and I would eat them every single day if I could. I tell my girls this: If you're getting the right foods for most of the time, then when it's time to have cake and french fries on those special occasions, then you balance it out." After the hula hoops, the first lady made three unsuccessful attempts to jump into a round of double dutch. Not giving up, she kicked off her flats and tried jumping into a single swinging rope. That didn't go much better.