First lady Michelle Obama, who is using her role to champion the causes of healthy eating and fitness for children, attempted Tuesday to help break the Guinness World Record for the most people to do jumping jacks for one minute.
The Associated Press reported that Obama led hundreds of local children in one minute of jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House. The event was reviewed by a Guinness World Records official, and it signaled the beginning of a 24-hour challenge to have more than 20,000 people around the world doing the exercise for one minute. The previous record was set on March 22, 2011, with 20,425 jumpers taking part.
The Washington Post's Reliable Source blog was at the White House yesterday:
The first lady bounced out to squeals from the crowd.
"We're going to show people today is that moving is fun, right?" she exhorted.
Yeah!!! The kids were all ready to jump their little hearts out."‰."‰. but the official countdown clock still had four minutes before they could start. [TV personality Al] Roker killed time with a game of "Simon Says" and a joke. ("What did the snail say on top of the turtle? Wheeeeee!")
Folks, it all went adorably downhill from there: Obama began jumping jacks at the stroke of 3 p.m.; the kids broke ranks and pressed around her, some jumping jacks, some just bouncing up and down and mugging for the cameras. At the end of the minute, the tiny mob rushed the first lady. . . and almost knocked her down.
Secret Service agents swooped in while Roker vainly tried to regain some semblance of order : "Everybody get back in line!" Obama never stopped grinning, one kid ran over to reporters and exclaimed: "She touched my hand!"
Guinness will announce the official result today at 3 pm.
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