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Friday, January 13, 2012

First Lady Joins Forces With iCarly

First Lady Michelle Obama joined forces with the cast of the hit Nickelodeon TV show iCarly today at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, VA.

First Lady Michelle Obama 'random dances' with the cast of Nickelodeon's iCarly during a Joining Forces event at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia.  Photo/CD Brown
The White House and Nickelodeon are bringing awareness to ways kids can support U.S. military families. In a special episode called iMeet The First Lady, set to air Monday, January 16th, Carly Shay (played by Miranda Cosgrove) is devastated when she learns that her dad was deployed yet again and could not return home as originally planned to celebrate his birthday.   Her friends, in an effort to support the disappointed Carly, devise a plan where Carly gets to talk to her father via the Internet.   When the first lady finds out about the Internet webcast and Carly's friends rallying around her to offer their support, she makes a surprise visit to Carly.

Carly's real life dad, an Air Force Colonel, is currently serving overseas. Two other cast members also have parents serving in the military.

Mrs. Obama chats with iCarly cast and takes questions from students. Photo/CD Brown.
Students also shared their stories about being in a military family.  Hayfield has a huge student population of military families.

"I mean, I have to be the bigger man to take the place for the household, because I got to watch my little sister and make sure my mom stays happy", said Antonio whose father is a command sergeant major in Afghanistan and mother is a retired as a staff sergeant.

The first lady asked the Hayfield students to rally around their friends and fellow classmates with families in the military.

"Can we get that commitment from you guys here?", Mrs. Obama asked to a resounding 'Yes!' from the Hayfield students.

The first lady and iCarly cast members did a live PSA taping in support of US military families that will also air during the January 16 episode of 'iMeet the First Lady' on Nickelodeon.

Mrs. O. isn't the first FLOTUS to appear on a TV sitcom.  Back in November we featured First Lady Betty Ford in an episode of the Mary Tyler Moore. (Take a watch).  First Lady Nancy Reagan appeared on an episode of Different Strokes back in the '80s promoting her 'Say No To Drugs' campaign.

Dreams Do Come True.
The first lady and the students at Hayfield held a question and answer segment where questions where fielded for both the cast members and the first lady.


Superhero Michelle Obama. Photo/DC Magazine.
Of the questions directed to the first lady, she was asked: If you could have a superpower what would it be, and why?
In almost prophetically answered fashion, the first lady responded, "I've always wanted to fly. I've always had dreams about flying", said the first lady. "You could go anywhere on a dime and feel so free."

We'll point out here that the first lady does, in fact, fly. She does so aboard Marine and Air Force One, and she does go anywhere - having traveled the world since becoming first lady. Some argue that she even flys on a dime - the taxpayer's dime.  Some say she already is a superpower.  We'll add one more. A definite force to be reckoned with.

"Yeah, I'd fly", said Mrs. Obama.

Dream big folks.  Dream big.

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View photos from the day here, and watch the First Lady's 'random dance' below.



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