Michelle Obama and Gabby Douglas do ‘Leno’

    Michelle Obama and Gabby Douglas seemed like old friends when they sat down for a chat with Jay Leno last night.

    The first lady has been very busy lately, but she squeezed in a little time to drop by "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Monday to catch up with the late-night TV host. 

    While there, Jay had to ask  why she dissed her hubby President Barack Obama on the Kiss Cam recently. She insisted that she didn’t mean to make her man look silly, and neither one of them really knew they were being watched.

    As Michelle tells it, she and her daughters had just arrived at the Verizon Center to see the game. "I just saw my face on the Jumbotron. And I’m still a little embarrassed. … I didn’t see the ‘kiss cam’ part, so I didn’t know we were supposed to kiss," said Michelle, who shared that their daughter was the first one to take them to task about the lack of PDA. "Malia came over after we got booed for not kissing, and she was just disgusted with us. She said, ‘Why didn’t you kiss?’"

    Fortunately, the first couple got another crack at it, courtesy of their daughter, who was determined to see her folks show a little love.

    "She orchestrated that second try," explained Michelle. "She said, ‘I’ve arranged for you to get another chance on the Kiss Cam.’ And then she came and sat with us to make sure we didn’t mess it up."

    When it came to the Olympics, Michelle had the distinct honor of attending the opening ceremonies with some Olympians of years past.

    "It was very cool—first time I’d been to the Olympics," Michelle said. "I mean I grew up watching the Olympics on TV and never thought that I would ever get to lead the delegation."

    While she was in London, Michelle stuck around to watch Serena Williams compete and caught a couple of other events, too. "I got to see the Phelps/Lochte race—the very first one… and I got to see the U.S. [Men’s Basketball] team play France."

    Michelle didn’t get to see was the Women’s Gymnastics Team Final or Gabby Douglas’ win at the Women’s Individual All-Around competition. So, Michelle stuck around to greet the Olympic gold medalist.

    Gabby came out working her new favorite color, medals in hand, to chat it up with Jay and the first lady. That’s when she revealed that sometimes the seeds of greatness just look like your kid getting to do something really, really stupid.

    "I was always that dare devil. I would climb the side of the door," Gabby said before sharing one stunt that did not end up so well. "I remember this one time, I jumped off the couch and hit my chin on the table."

    Undeterred by one little trip to the hospital, Gabby kept at her gymnastic dream and eventually decided that she needed to leave home to train with the best coach in the U.S. It wasn’t an east decision for Gabby, but it was one that ultimately paid off. The first hurdle, was getting her mom on board with the idea of shipping her baby off to live with a host family.

    "I had to talk to my mom about that, and she was like, ‘No,’" Gabby recallled. "I had to persuade. I got my brothers and sisters to—’Hey, mom, I really have to do this.’"

    For all of her determination, though, there was one moment when Gabby was ready to give it all up and go home. Thankfully, she got over it, but find out more in the video below!



    —Sonya Eskridge





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