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In an effort to promote first lady Michelle Obama's national Let's Move! campaign to get kids more physically active, Jimmy Fallon took her up on an offer to "make a complete fool" of herself for the cause.
In the Feb. 7 episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the late-night funnyman, 37, explains how a comment Obama made at a press conference made him think she would welcome a visit from him.
"I'm willing to make a complete fool out of myself to get our kids moving," Obama said in a statement Fallon showed the audience.
Apparently, that was all the encouragement Fallon needed to make a trip down to Washington D.C. to help the first lady. In a pre-recorded segment, Fallon is shown walking in the White House ready to see Mrs. Obama...if he can get past security.
"Sir, this is a restricted area, I've told you before," a security officer tells Fallon, who holds up a not-quite official looking badge. "Right. That's your NBC employee ID taped to a Dave & Buster's gift card."
"It's OK Harry, he's with me," Obama shows up, rescuing Jimmy. "Thanks so much for coming... to raise awareness for the Let's Move initiative. Are you ready for a little competition?"
Then the fun part begins. At first Fallon dons an old-school spandex unitard that the first lady nixes right away. "No way, Jimmy" she tells him.
After he's properly dressed, Fallon and Obama go toe-to-toe in a series of schoolyard competitions, from push-ups and tug of war to dodgeball and hula-hooping. With the score tied, the two enter the final competition: a potato sack race.
"Good luck. You're gonna need it!" Michelle taunts. With the Chariots of Fire theme playing in the background, Jimmy gives it his all against the impressively fit first lady. Watch the video below to see who won!