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Turnip + first lady Michelle Obama cutting loose = viral Vine

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(CNN) — Michelle Obama, never one to turn down an opportunity to champion healthy eating, has co-opted a popular tune — and, in six seconds, created a viral sensation.

Here’s how it happened.

In an #AskTheFirstLady segment, Barack Obama impersonator Imman Crosson, or @AlphaCat, asked Obama, “How many calories do you burn every time you ‘turn up’?!” (That’s lingo for … well, in the safest sense, cutting loose).

Her six-second response, posted on the White House Vine account?

Well, just watch.

Yes, that’s the first lady dancing with a turnip.

It’s a take on DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What.”

The result? Cool points, and a cool point made.

Obama is known for her commitment to health, especially among children and young people. Her “Let’s Move” campaign aims to “solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.”

So she’s not entirely uncomfortable wielding a vegetable.

This isn’t her first foray into pop culture to get us to eat our veggies.

Earlier this year, she starred in a “Tonight Show” skit called “Ew!”

The first lady taught Sara, played by Jimmy Fallon, and Stacy, played by Will Ferrell, that being active and eating right isn’t so “Ew!”


  • rick

    Tracy the last thing we want is kids reading the bible. How many years will the old traditionalist conservative type people try to shove unscientific religious books of any kind down our throats

  • Tracy

    Rick do you read the Koran and feel thats a better fit for you or our kids. Kids in America are joint ISIS. Leave your name and number so they can behead you first. They hate gays and feel they should die. Is that your feelings too.

  • Tracy

    Rick if you want to live in a socialist country move there. I don’t want government disarming citizens and not to mention what they have done to health care. There are more Christians in America then not.

  • Mike Dickman

    The First Lady continues to class-it-up. Now doing a parody to a song that suggests one not sober up, not stop partying. How about those two young daughters ask their mother, “sober up for what?”.

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