FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA CALLED INTO THE TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW TO
TALK ABOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE LET’S MOVE
CAMPAIGN, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF RECESS
TOM JOYNER: That’s the only class I got an A in. No, not gym, not
gym — recess.
MRS. OBAMA: Recess. Well, a lot happens in recess –had my first
kiss at recess.
Full audio and full transcripts of interview can be found on
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(Dallas, February 26, 2013)
First Lady Michelle Obama called into the Tom Joyner Morning Show and
spoke with Tom and Sybil today about her “Let’s Move” campaign to end
obesity and the important tradition of black history in her family.
“I just don’t want my kids to be shocked or stunned when they are
confronted with racism or things that come up because of somebody
else’s history. I want them to be prepared..” says the first lady.
TOM JOYNER: Hey, everybody! The First Lady on the phone!
SYBIL WILKES: Do you think, Mrs. Obama, because you all have made
such history — and just on the other end of another historical thing
with the African American winning reelection to the White House — do
you think about your legacy and your place in history?
MRS. OBAMA: You know, it’s — more and more now that we’re in the
second term. But I have to say that it’s hard to take — to get that
time to reflect yet. I mean, just — honestly, because the days just
So I am trying to be more proactive about thinking about that legacy,
and thinking about how do I document that, how do I share it, what’s
the best way, how am I making sure I’m creating something that’s
worthy of talking about in 50 years or 100 years.
SYBIL WILKES: But you are making history in terms of — in your
legacy, because now you’re celebrating the anniversary of your
physical fitness program.
MRS. OBAMA: Yes. We are kicking off the third-anniversary tour next
week, Sybil, thank you for asking about that. But we are three years
into our Let’s Move initiative, and while we still have a lot of work
to do, we have more gains to make, we’re starting to see some
improvement in the trend lines over these past few years, which gives
us reason to hope; that these small incremental changes that we’re
encouraging people to have a shift in the culture in terms of what we
eat and how much we move is slowly but surely beginning to have an
— we’re really starting to push physical fitness, finding ways to get
that back into the schools. Because I don’t know if you know, but
fewer than 10 percent of the schools in this country have PE or
recess. And that’s a far cry from where things were when we were all
growing up, and everybody had recess, everybody had gym.
TOM JOYNER: Yes. That’s the only class I got an A in. No, not gym,
not gym — recess.
MRS. OBAMA: Recess. It was recess. Well, a lot happens in recess —
you’re — had my first kiss at recess.
SYBIL WILKES: And so did Tom, yes. That’s where he makes his best
moves — outside.
TOM JOYNER: What was his name?
MRS. OBAMA: Theodore Ford (ph).
SYBIL WILKES: All right, then. Teddy Ford, wherever you are —
MRS. OBAMA: Teddy. Young Teddy.
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