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Michelle Hosts ‘Biggest Loser’ Workout in the East Room

by Keith Koffler on March 26, 2012, 10:20 am

A newly found photo that appears to have been taken by the White House itself shows that Michelle Obama last month conducted a sweaty workout session in the East Room as part of an appearance she will make on TV’s “The Biggest Loser.”

The ornate and historic East Room is a national treasure that has been used for events like presidential press conferences, command performances by the world’s greatest musicians, the signing of historic legislation like the 1964 Civil Rights Act, shimmering White House parties, presidential awards of military and civilian honors, and the funeral of Abraham Lincoln.

And this.

The White House may be trying to quash the photo, either because officials realized the it might look like Michelle was trivializing the White House or because they don’t want to preempt the show by advertising Michelle’s presence on it.

According to one of our readers – Janice, who videoblogs at Granny Jan and Jihad Kitty and who provided White House Dossier with the shot – the photo was on the White House Fickr photostream, from which she downloaded it. It’s now gone.

The photo is almost certainly by the White House. Its background coding includes the name “Herbert,” which likely refers to Sonya Herbert, the first lady’s official photographer. And it has not been widely circulated, which it would have been if news photographers had been allowed into the workout session to shoot it.

Michelle has held other events of questionable taste amidst hallowed White House backdrops. All, like the appearance on The Biggest Loser, were to promote her “Let’s Move” fitness and healthy eating initiative.

In January, she staged a potato sac race with comedian Jimmy Fallon in the East Room.

Notice the famous Lansdowne portrait of George Washington – saved in 1812 by Dolley Madison before the British torched the White House. He appears to be gesturing as if to say, “What the heck is going on here?”

Michelle and Fallon were also photographed having a tug of war in the Diplomatic Reception Room beneath another portrait of Washington.

Michelle’s appearance on The Biggest Loser, taped in February, reportedly will be aired in April.

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Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

For the first time in my adult life I am ashamed of the occupants of the WH.
That is the people’s house a National Treasure steeped in history and art not
a gym or playground for Michelle’s Look at Me initiative a disrespectful way
to treat our home they are just there temporarily. Perhaps when we get a
President and First Lady we could set some ground rules on what can happen
in our house. Shameful.

pianogirl88 March 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thank you, Lizzy. You spoke for me, very eloquently!

Sara B March 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

Lizzy…didn’t Clinton doing the nasty in the Oval Office with a young intern make you squirm a bit? I know the current occupants have gone way beyond that but at the time that was pretty shameful.

veritaseequitas March 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

I agree Lizzie. Even the Clintons were marginally better than this pair.

veritaseequitas March 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

Yah well, WITH the exception of Bill doin’ the dirty in the Oval Office. I think GWB had the place fumigated though, didn’t he?

Star March 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

It really seems more silly to me than anything. Isn’t she afraid of jokes on the BIGGEST LOSER theme?

Star March 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I call those “loser” shows fat porn.

veritaseequitas March 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

And here’s the thing. If Michelle conducting “Fat Porn” sessions in the WH is so fab, why did the WH take it off the WH website? I mean, if you are going to have a nationwide “Let’s Move” initiative, wouldn’t you want to be able to promote it at a venue where you would not be criticized for acting like you are taking advantage of your position? Does she even think about the ramifications of any of the stupid stuff she does?

Cindy Lu March 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm

maybe so but he didn’t ask photographers in to take pictures :D

Anonna March 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

A feature of this FLOTUS is taking liberties that move people to want rules — MoochMORE’s vacation spending, her huge staff, and now romping amidst irreplaceable treasures as if they are just rental furniture as a backdrop for her ego.

The point is that if we have a First Couple who love America and admire past Americans and understand that tax-payer funded jaunts and staffs are paid for out of other citizens’ pockets — there will be no need for any ground-rules.

Hubcap March 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

You said it for me too. I am ashmed of these lousy excueses of dignity. I am ashamed that they can’t set a better example.

Mike C March 27, 2012 at 5:48 am

Moochie has as much class as a school in summer

ol gator March 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

They need to take this lard head & her minions outside for this stuff.
To quote another idiot, these photos are showing nothing more than people “acting stupidly”.

Anonna March 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

” … it might look like Michelle was trivializing the White House ….”

No “might” about it. She is trivializing our national treasures and the White House.

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

It means nothing to either one of them they have trivialized the WH
since the day they moved in and Churchill was sent packing. I think it
will be poetic justice for them to be sent packing and maybe we can get
Winston back!

Sara B March 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

I have a question for Michelle…would you allow a sweaty workout in the living room of your “own” mansion in Hyde Park? If not….get the sweaty “biggest losers” out of the White House East Room. Enough said.

DeniseVB March 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

Butt look how tiny she looks compared to the contestants !? She must love this photo :))

MaryOhSoContrary March 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

Well why NOT turn the East Room into a sweaty work area? Her husband routinely plants his grodie size 12 narrows ALL OVER the priceless Resolute Desk. We have seen non scrubbed White House Official photos of Dear Leader “chill axing” on the taxpayers dime in the Oval Office. And I bet they photoshop out the overflowing ashtray filled with Kool butts. So what’s a little sweat and drool on the East Room carpeting?

If “they” scrubbed it…well Me!Chelle’s polling must be plummeting like beads of sweat in 200 year old plus, non well ventilated public housing “work out room” …and weren’t we all told how beloved the Obama “secret weapon” is?

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 11:05 am

We need to apologize to Englnd for the abuse of the Resolute Desk and
again for Churchill. Hope they know it’s the Obama’s disrespect not
the American people.

Anonna March 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

Not to mention our First “Lady” pawing their Queen because Michelle Antoinette is just too cool for protocol and thought she could treat Queen Elizabeth like some granny at a community center.

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

Sadly they are never sorry for any shame they bring on America.

Girly1 March 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

Honestly, someone should cart this woman (?) off to a zoo!

smiling blogger March 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

You struck gold here WHD!! Love the GW quote “what the heck..” I say, what a disgrace!!! Remember beautiful Mrs. Kennedy in these rooms? Taste, decorum, intelligence and style — everything that Mrs. O is not and will NEVER be.

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

Yes I remember watching the TV tour she gave and her grace and
elegance. Also she was able to describe the art work and the history
of the house and even the furniture and how she worked to restore it to
the historic home it was meant to be she was a treasure.

AZ Granny March 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Yes, and what I find remarkable is Mrs. Kennedy was rather young, I think 32 yrs old, when JFK became president. Still, she was more mature, eloquent and graceful than MO could ever hope to be.

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm

No kidding. I was looking at pictures of the new Duchess of Cambridge
with the troops on St Patricks Day. She had on a dark green coat dress
covered her knees a nice hat and shoes to match not flashy very tasteful. She has more class style and grace at just 30 than MO will
ever have in fact MO could take a lesson from this young woman.
I looked at her and thought how lucky the UK was to have women with
such grace like the Queen who acts like one:). We are not so lucky.

AZ Granny March 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Yes, MO could take lessons from Kate but of course she won’t. Most of the photos of MO capture her in unladylike poses that make me cringe.

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Did you catch the Heisman pose how humiliating for us to have
that be our faux FLOTUS.

veritaseequitas March 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

Just goes to show ya’ that you can send a pair of Obozos off to college and grad school, dress em’ up and stick em’ in The People’s House, but you can’t take the Obozo out of em.’

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

Yes but I think the Clinton’s had a bit of respect for the WH Bill’s little
misadventure notwithstanding. I think JFK and FDR had a bit of extracurratical
activities also but these two have really set a new low. I try to forget about
Bill Clinton’s use of the office.

ArnoldLayne March 27, 2012 at 9:47 am

Don’t you know Clinton’s gang plundered the White House on the way out? No respect there at all.

srdem65 March 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

They couldn’t even use floor mats? what..did they use the drapes to wipe the sweat from their brows?
Clueless, classless, insulting and disgraceful.

John Cassavetes March 26, 2012 at 10:58 am

*Non Sequitur Trivia Moment*
What character first popularized the US Navy SEAL in Hollywood?
That’s right – Thomas Magnum
Put that in your back pocket when you want to win a free beer

We now rejoin the Realpolitik already in progress..

rawheadrex March 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

It would seem to be a huge and luxurious playground to democrat presidents since FDR with the exception of HST and the possible exception of LBJ.

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

No Harry Truman would never do that LBJ was too depressed to do
anything he was a working President like him or not.

Just2old March 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

Agree with all of the above comments. We know who the real “biggest loser” is…

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

Amen to that.

Shofar March 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

“The Biggest Loser”? I’m reminded of another show that was popular a number of years ago, and it’s catch phrase – “You are the weakest link! Goodbye!”

November 2012, the chance to correct the mistakes of November 2008.

MarjoJimbo March 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Weakest link! Love it!

Re Re March 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

This is just outrageous. This woman (and the rest of her gang) have absolutely no respect for the White House or any of our traditions (“All this for a flag?”). This is to upsetting. She needs a good swift kick in the ass. God, I can’t wait for these 2 to get out of our house!

Mark Holbrook March 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

This is what happens when the Beverly Hillbillies move into the White House. Why should anyone be surprised.

John Cassavetes March 26, 2012 at 11:31 am


Anonna March 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hey! As a hillbilly and a Beverly Hillbilly fan, may I point out the only decent people on that show were the hicks from Appalachia — that was the joke. Remember Granny running around cleaning the whole mansion by herself? They would NEVER do this to the White House.

This is what happens when pseudo-intellectuals who think they are better than America, it’s heritage and traditions, move into the White House, especially when the Queen has a “look at me” need that couldn’t be fulfilled by a 24-hour web cam.

John Cassavetes March 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

Granny damned sure believed in the 2nd Amendment!

AZ Granny March 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I loved the Beverly Hillbillies and as a descendant of hillbillies believe they have far more class, common sense and respect than our current residents. It’s appalling to see these photos of the sheer disrespect for the “peoples house.”

Terika March 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

And then there was – for no particular reason, except “we’re so hip n cool!”:

The xtreme skateboarder hotdoggin’ through the White House!!! This was in the early days-o-desecration.

Imagine the clandestine rigging of things, etc that will go on. Like when they removed the Ws from the keyboards, and left their places in a mess on purpose…

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

Classy aren’t they?:(

Anonna March 26, 2012 at 11:32 am

Now we need a link to Drudge or some other place that will cause the Obots to come flooding in to argue:

1. It’s really, really, really important that kids lose weight and MoochMORE is a saint for hosting this workout in “her” home.
2. Don’t you think the health of the nation is more important than a carpet and some old paintings of a dead white guy.
3. Bush made people fat.
4. Doesn’t she look great in her workout outfit? You’re just jealous of her!
5. You’re racist.

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

Well it’s all Bush’s fault. It no longer makes my head explode I just
have to laugh at the sheer stupidity of Obama and his little children that
work for him. They act like those kids that always snitched in school.

John Cassavetes March 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

…and numbers 6 through 9 – You’re racist
10. You must be a homeschooling organic farmer

John Cassavetes March 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

Y’know…come to think of it…as a former [redacted], I’d have to say these were leaked classified photos from the Citizen Corps SF Selection Course.

Radegunda March 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

Michelle Obama + questionable taste = redundancy.

Sandy Daze March 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

grifter trash.


Lanie March 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Is there a strong enough fumigator that can be used to clean the White House after the Obama’s leave?

domanii March 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I thought they had a gym in the WH. This is sickening. I want to smack Obumbler every time I see a picture of him with his stinky feet on the furniture. It’s obvious that neither of them had any decent upbringing. I know as a child we were never allowed to put our feet on anything except the ground.

Girly1 March 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

There is a subliminal message here! The First Sweat Hog is stomping all over the beautiful handwoven carpet with the Seal of the United States of America…in both of the photos – the sack race and the sweat hog photo!

If these WH invaders had a brain – they would have removed the carpet! It’s much easier to get grease and sweat stains off wood floors!

And who can forget the official photo of the first America-hating family in the private quarters watching a soccer game! The Moose and her kids were barefoot on the upholstered sofas with nachos and guacamole spread out all over an expensively upholstered ottoman! No place mats – nothing! And paper soda cups all over the carpet!

I’m sorry – they are ghetto dwellers! It is outrageous!

John Cassavetes March 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

You’re absolutely right
With George Washington in the background like a poster of Miley Cyrus

AZ Granny March 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

If that was a staged official photo, can you imagine the filth and mess they leave behind when they’re not prepared for a public image? Disgusting.

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Makes you want to cry to see the disrespect they show for everything
we stand for but hopefully it’s almost over God willing.

kmbog March 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The image with sack race is definitely photoshopped. Kimmel looks to be ten to twelve feet tall and flattened out. Why?

RWC March 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

They are such trash.

DeniseVB March 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

My litmus test for Michelle’s WH antics … wonder if Laura Bush did/wore/behaved like this ?

Can you hear the lefty blogs exploding? :D

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

No kidding Michelle and her husband are the most narcissistic people
I have ever seen. Needy and childish.

Girly1 March 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

If this is how the ghetto dwellers abuse the WH in public – imagine what they do in private! Bo is probably the only member of the family that hasn’t left a stain on the carpet. The only one with class!

Star March 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I wuv Bo….you made me smile.

MichelleIndependent March 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

MOOch is the First Clown, the First Slob.

She is One Big Loser.

John Cassavetes March 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Y’know…technically, they’re romping around in a priceless museum

John Cassavetes March 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

“He appears to be gesturing as if to say, “What the heck is going on here?”

That was freakin’ hilarious, btw; the Punch-line for the whole article
(bowing grandiosely in your directionj)

The Original March 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I am a huge fan of “Biggest Loser”. They are going to get a piece of my mind over this one.

Why didn’t they use Camp David?? It has good facilities. This is totally inappropriate. If they wanted to use the WH, why not the residence quarters? Or the gym? Why the East Room? Sickening.

gobnait March 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Call me old-fashioned but I prefer a First Lady who exhibits a bit of decorum and a dignified bearing. No matter how hard I try, I can’t picture even a young Queen Elizabeth dropping to execute squat-thrusts on the palace lawn. Not only does Obama appear ungainly and mannish, she sports the most unattractive facial expressions. I guess we can only thank our higher power that she hasn’t taken to appearing in a sports bra and leggings for these sessions. Ye-e-esh!

Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I wonder if all the art and treasures are safe? They seem to have no respect for them I worry for the safety of those irreplaceable things as
they’ve turned the WH into party central.

anneinarkansas March 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

How embarrassing for America

MarjoJimbo March 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

It is truly an embarrassment. No class whatsoever.

Isn’t there someone in the Protocol Office who should be talking to the First Family about what is appropriate and what is not?

AZ Granny March 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

The Biggest Loser filmed at the WH in 2009 and the show aired on election night. Contestants harvested veggies and made a big salad. It appears there has been a long term relationship between The Biggest Loser and the Biggest Losers.

Susan March 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm

The producer is probably one of the algae King’s Hollyweirdo cult followers.

Stephen C. March 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

One word :disgusting.

Stephen C. March 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Another word: arrogant!

Stephen C. March 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

one more: disrespectful.

MOTUS March 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

How did that won get past our embargo?

Girly1 March 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Just noticed that there is only one A/A ‘Big Loser’ in the photo. This is so out of character for MOOCHIE. I have never watched the show…are those the actual contestants? Or is MO sending another message!

The Original March 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

There are A/A contestants but they have already been kicked off this particular contest. The only A/A in that picture is a trainer.

jimg March 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm

If you have no other reason to vote for Romney (or whomever the nominee is) think of this nonsense.

Policies and political positions aside, we at least have the chance to restore some class to the White House.

GotFreedom March 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

First–why was this necessary to do this “inside” the WH–don’t they have a huge big yard (they have a jogging track that was put in for Clinton in the early 90′s); and if they had to do this inside (was raining this past weekend in DC)–doesn’t the WH have a gym inside? These people don’t give a d@mn about America and everyday, in every way, their actions and disrespect speak louder than any words (usually lies) they utter.

Second–we went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in DC this past weekend–there, we saw a man hugging the figure of GW Bush with one arm while poking the wax likeness in the face with his middle finger while his wife took a picture–we were livid and very tempted to go over to the BHO/MO wax figures and do the same to see how these idiots would like it (only we realized that by doing so, we wouldn’t be any better than them so we moved along). And, as we were leaving, a large group of high school students came into the museum all wearing BHO “Hope and Change” t-shirts. We were completely dismayed that there are still so many people in America ignorant to the underhanded, destructive dealings of this administration–GOD HELP AMERICA NOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE–PLEASE!!!

ImNoDhimmi March 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

What a disgrace! Even this Canadian is outraged at the disrespect these interlopers show towards the people of America and the People’s House.

Why didn’t they use the gym for their exercises? That’s what gyms are for. Using the East Room – or any room but the gym – is inappropriate and just proves that Me-chelle thinks she owns the place.

Chris March 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Here is another great example: The Obama’s are not in office for the sake for this country but to put their big fat heads on T.V., and have no respect for America … this family loves the lime light more than the celebrities these days. Gee I wonder how the other country leaders who takes America as a joke as it is think of this? …

Girly1 March 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Read Chris Rock’s ‘comedy’ routine about Obama’s 50th Birthday party! It was ‘black heaven’ and got ‘blacker and blacker’ as the night wore on! “Dancing barefoot in the East Room in the house that slaves built”…

They have no shame!

Huuf Arted March 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

It seems as though DemocRats rarely consider the Whitehouse as ‘The People’s House” but rather treat it like a Trailer Park…

1. Roosevelt is known to have entertained all manner of whores there.
2. Kennedy shagged many a harlot there.
3. Bill Clinton spilt his DNA all over the Oral Orafice er Oval Office while there.
4. Hillary munched many a rug there in the east wing and pool area.
5. Michelle Obombo uses rooms filled with priceless and irreplacible artifacts as her own personal Gym instead of the EXISTING Whitehouse GYM…

WTF is it with DemocRats and their lack of respect for other people’s things?

Zorro March 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

Demonrats have no morals or concern for anything but their base needs.

Please add this to your list of Whitehouse Transgressions:

#6 Bathhouse Barry feeding Reggie Love tube steak.

Chris March 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

But then again why should we be so shocked, after the Obamas win in the election, instead of inviting the Martin Luther King’s family or any of the Civil Rights Leaders to the White House, they invite JayZ and Beyonce …. How is it that there are people who still gives him excuses after excuses when Obama and his wife spits in their and our faces with these types of acts????

sportinlife10 March 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm

These two infidels and their vulgar displays in our White House make me think of Bud Grant, the legendary Vikings Coach, who told his team:
“When you get to the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.”

stlcat March 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

sheesh! WTF — is there no gym anywhere in that complex?

I smell a new hashtag coming on: #WHEastRoomSchedule filled with pie eating contests, jitterbug contests, OWS sign-making meetups, …

gracepmc March 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Biggest Loser. Michelle Obama and her utter disrespect for the White House and the office of the Presidency. Just like her husband it’s all about ME.

Shantay March 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I don’t know what word to describe FLOTUS’ tactics. Lack of class, respect and appreciation for American history and preservation. Why does she need the East Room or Reception Room as backdrops? Why couldn’t she use her appearances on these shows from the White House lawn? Doesn’t she realize the liability of having tugs of wars, potatoe hops and exercising? Grown ups don’t even let their children do that in their living rooms. It really shows the value she puts on the WH the taxpayers are allowing her to live in.

movedtothefarm March 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Well theres another show I won’t be watching – does she have to butt her way into every show/where?

sablegsd March 27, 2012 at 2:20 am

I was just reading the latest Blaize Clement mystery and she had to throw in a line in about the “beautiful, wonderful, intelligent” first mooch. You just lost a reader, Ms. Clement.

Jean March 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

The Obama’s have absolutely no respect for the white House or anything to do with american history. These people are under the impression that they won a 4 year all expense paid vacation.