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Michelle Obama

  1. Things We Saw Today: Agent Carter Doing Her Best Carmen Sandiego

    So classy.

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  2. Young Girl Is Really, Really Excited To Meet Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama Makes A Pop Culture Reference Out Of A Turnip

    Someone on Reddit posted this fantastic image of 10-year-old Macy Friday meeting Hillary Clinton in Colorado this week. It's basically the definition of priceless. In other news, First Lady Michelle Obama is holding a turnip for you.

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  3. Watch the Biggest Cameo on Last Night’s Parks and Rec, and Leslie Knope’s Freakout

    And All Was Right With the World

    Last night's Parks and Recreation had some pretty big cameos, but none quite as big as this one. One can pride oneself all one wants on keeping one's cool around one's heroes, but eventually one will totally have a mismanaged celebrity encounter. At least, so I've heard but not directly experienced.

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  4. First Lady Michelle Obama Is Going To Be On Parks and Recreation

    I'll Allow It

    NBC has just announced the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, will guest-star on the Parks and Recreation season finale. 

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  5. Puppy Bowl X To Have Way More FLOTUS

    Michelle Obama has been secretly training the Puppy Bowl team

    As part of it's intense barketing campaign for this Sunday's Puppy Bowl X, Animal Planet has announced that First Lady Of The United States Michelle Obama will be participating in the historic event.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Marjane Satrapi’s Thriller Movie Poster

    Things We Saw Today

    Marjane Satrapi's latest film stars Ryan ReynoldsGemma ArtertonAnna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. (via Collider)

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  7. Orson Scott Card Compares Obama to Hitler, Napoleon, Ceasar, Worried He’ll Use Urban Youths as Secret Police

    Somewhere, the press team for Ender's Game weeping openly, begging Card to just stop with the talking thing.

    You know that feeling when you read something so ridiculous you think it's a really funny parody, followed by that sinking sensation when it turns out its writer was serious? Orson Scott Card's "Unlikely Events" on why Obama is already a dictator, controlling literally all the things and all the people is like that.

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  8. Here’s Who Won At Last Night’s Oscars. Besides William Shatner, That Is.

    Oh Hollywood

    Django Unchained, two for you. Life of Pi? Four for you, Life of Pi. You go, Life of Pi. Jennifer Lawrence? Do we have a Jennifer Lawrence here? Here you go, one for you… and none for The Hobbit's dwarf beards, byeeee!

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  9. Things We Saw Today: This TARDIS Is An Actual Phone Box

    Things We Saw Today

    *ring* *ring* "Are you my mummy?" (via /Film)

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  10. Kid Could Care Less About Santa’s Whereabouts, Would Rather Talk to First Lady

    Meanwhile...

    Look, we think Michelle Obama is pretty cool, but if you asked us whose visit any Christmas-celebrating child would have on their mind on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, she wouldn't make the top of our list. The top of our list would be Santa. Not so for Anthony of Fort Worth, Texas. How do we know this? Well, because of the NORAD Santa Tracker, kind of.

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  11. Things We Saw Today: Michelle Obama as Wonder Woman

    Things We Saw Today

    Artist J. Bone was so impressed by Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention, he decided to depict her as Wonder Woman! (via Robot 6)

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  12. Things We Saw Today: Mark Hamill as The Trickster in 90s Flash Series

    Things We Saw Today

    Hey, remember when there was a live action television series of The Flash starring John Wesley Shipp as The Flash and Mark Hamill as The Trickster? Yes? No? Either way, the sheer excellence of these costumes are worth a gander. Sharp pattern clashes, Trickster. (via Look at this Frakking Geekster.)

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  13. Update: First Lady Michelle Obama Sponsors Nuclear Submarine USS Illinois

    Meanwhile...

    UPDATE: The Hill has since updated its post to say that they were mistaken in reporting that the USS Illinois would be crewed only by women. The Hill left unclear whether this mistake was made completely erroneously or because the Illinois would have more than the usual opportunities for seawomen seeking posts on nuclear submarines. Please enjoy the rest of this post, which is still otherwise about factual gender opportunities or lack-thereof in the U.S. armed forces and Command Sgt. Maj. Jane Baldwin and Col. Ellen Haring's lawsuit against the mandates that restrict them. Nuclear submarines have been some of the last holdouts in co-ed military integration worldwide. Long deployments and superlatively cramped and mostly communal living spaces kept most navies from being comfortable with bunking men and women together. The strict economy of space has kept separate bathrooms and sleeping quarters low on the priority list of technological innovations for new submarine classes. However, in the past year or so, the United States increased the categories of women allowed to set foot on submarines from "female civilian technicians for a few days at most; women midshipmen on an overnight during summer training for both Navy ROTC and Naval Academy; [and] family members for one-day dependent cruises," to allow women to serve in certain cases. But yesterday, Memorial Day, First Lady Michelle Obama sponsored and announced the creation of the USS Illinois, a Virginia-class nuclear sub that will, when it enteres the Navy fleet in 2015, be crewed by women, exclusively.

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  14. Jimmy Fallon Should Know Better Than to Challenge Michelle Obama to a Push-Up Contest [Video]

    A Lesson in Humility

    While promoting her fitness initiative for kids, Let's Move, First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned that it was time to get kids off the couch and away from the TV. Jimmy Fallon, who is from the TV, took umbrage at this remark, packed his finest spandex, and made a little trip to the White House to challenge the First Lady to a round of physical activities. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy. Have you not seen Michelle Obama's arms? Did you really think you could beat her at push-ups? Either way, we are happy that this happened for entertainment purposes, so we'll let you watch Obama and Fallon settle this like professionals. (via Jezebel) Previously in Jimmy Fallon

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  15. Push-Up Challenge: Michelle Obama Vs. Ellen DeGeneres [VIDEO]

    this exists

    We already know First Lady Michelle Obama puts a high priority on staying fit and healthy but we've got a new piece of evidence that shows she's also pretty competitive about it as well. Watch this clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show where the comedian and the First Lady go head-to-head to see who can do the most push-ups. I had a good feeling going in who would win. (via The Daily What)

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  16. First Lady Michelle Obama Helps Break Jumping Jacks World Record

    Good News Everyone!

    We all know First Lady Michelle Obama is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and we've got a new example showing us she talks the walk and walks the walk. Or in this case, jumps the jacks. 

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  17. Things We Saw Today: The Daily Goings-On At S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Things We Saw Today

    Also, Mr. Fury would like everyone to know that the bagels in the conference room are for the Justice League. More memos from Fury at ... Memos From Fury.

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  18. Michelle Obama Leads the Charge for the National Science Foundation’s Career-Life Balance Initiative

    Sock It To 'Em Ada

    This week, First Lady Michelle Obama held a press conference at the White House, along with the National Science Foundation, to discuss the creation of its new Career-Life Balance Initiative. It is being aimed at women working in STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -- and will tackle the issues faced by those who choose to have families while retaining their careers. Obama said: “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, then we have to open doors to everyone ... And that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”

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  19. USDA Ditches Food Pyramid for a Food Plate

    After close to 20 years as an official government recommendation, the USDA has replaced the much-criticized Food Pyramid with MyPlate, a simpler visual guide to nutrition consisting of a plate divided into four portions plus an extra circle for dairy. While one wonders if the powerful U.S. dairy lobby shoehorned that last one in, as distinct from "protein," this new design comes closer to parity with conventional dieting wisdom, allocating half of the plate to fruits and vegetables, a little more than a quarter to grains, and a little less than a quarter to proteins. Among other issues, the Food Pyramid was criticized for overemphasizing grains, contributing to America's collective carbohydrate overload and obesity rate without making distinctions between whole grains and less healthy processed grains. In a press conference today, First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been active in anti-obesity efforts, praised MyPlate's new visual scheme as easier to follow in real life: "Parents don't have the time to measure out exactly three ounces of chicken or to look up how much rice or broccoli is in a serving," she said. (LetsMove.gov via NPR)

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  20. Morning Adorable: Backstage on Sesame Street With Elmo and the First Lady

    it's time to play the music

    Fun fact: Most Muppets (the ones with articulate fingers, at least) are left handed. The (usually right handed) muppeteer operates the head with their dominant hand and uses their left as the puppet's left hand. A second muppeteer gets the right hand. This is true for Fozzie, Rosita (seen in the video above), Rowlf, Telly, and Big Bird (who can only appear with a secondary muppeteer in blue-screened scenes, so his right hand is otherwise either pinned at his side or shown holding his teddy bear Radar*). This, however, does not apply to the Swedish Chef, who not has not only articulate but fully shown human hands. Originally, Jim Henson provided the voice and head movements, with Frank Oz's hands. Now go back and rewatch those old clips and see if you can't see parallels to Helping Hands from Whose Line. This is also the reason why most muppet guitarists and bassists play left handed. And now you will never not notice it. *Named after the M.A.S.H. character

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