Michelle Obama Most Televised First Lady In History
12:45 pm, April 23rd | by Laura Donovan
It’s no secret that Michelle Obama is well-liked, so it’s unsurprising that she is also the most televised first lady in history.
Research shows that the FLOTUS has been on TV 44 times since her husband assumed office in 2009, a higher tally than former first lady Laura Bush, who popped up in around 12 television shows from 2001 to 2004. While Ms. Bush opted for programs such as “The Barbara Walters Summer Special,” “Larry King Live,” “LIVE! with Kelly,” “Fox and Friends,” “The Tonight Show,” and “The O’Reilly Factor,” Ms. Obama has been everywhere from the set of Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” to “The Biggest Loser.” She has done push-ups, danced, shared her prom photo, and even given the old college try at the Dougie.
The current first lady isn’t afraid to laugh at herself or look silly in front of the camera, and she may be setting a new trend for future women in her role. As noted by Fox News, Hillary Clinton had about 19 television appearances under her belt from 1993 to 1996, but the majority of these were for events such as The Kennedy Center Honors.
Surveys have revealed that Ms. Obama is more popular than her husband, so it’s quite possible that she keeps doing these gigs to boost his political image and chances of remaining president for another four years, according to Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center:
“What she’s doing is political. She’s getting her face out there because it’s an election year.”
No one is disputing that, and while Ms. Obama’s heavy screen time may be telling of the 21st century, it also doesn’t do much to counter Obama’s “celebrity” image.