First Lady Michelle Obama is apparently too young to be 51.
That was the message one kind-hearted young student told the First Lady as she paid a visit to some kids visiting their parents on “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”
The First Lady was taking some questions from children of executive office employees as well as kids from the Boys and Girls Club and D.C. Child and Family Services. One young girl raised her hand and asked Obama her age.
“I’m 51,” she replied.
The little girl then gave a response that Michelle couldn’t quite hear, so she passed the student a microphone and asked her to repeat it.
“You’re too young for a 51-year-old,” she told the First Lady.
Michelle then asked the student, Anaya Brodie, to come on stage and give her a hug. The moment has since gone viral, with the video spreading across news outlets nationwide.
Hearing that she is “too young” for 51 was a special moment for the First Lady, who has made health and fitness her cornerstone initiative during her more than six years living in the White House. She has pushed a number of health initiatives aimed at reducing childhood obesity, including the Let’s Move project.
The project calls on parents, teachers, and even elected officials to help create a path to health for kids.
The Let’s Move initiative noted, “Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents and caregivers, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.”
But the First Lady has done more to maintain her too-young look, including a famous fitness routine. Well-known for her toned arms, Michelle Obama said she has always made working out a priority, even when it didn’t conform well to her schedule.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the First Lady said, “I also do some jump rope, some kickboxing — and I’d like to take up Pilates, if I could figure out whether there’s time. After I had Malia, I began to prioritize exercise because I realized that my happiness is tied to how I feel about myself. I want my girls to see a mother who takes care of herself, even if that means I have to get up at 4:30 so I can do a workout.”
If the First Lady still looks too young to be 51, then apparently all the 4:30 a.m. workouts must be worth it.
[Image via Getty Images/Alex Wong]