Monday, November 7, 2011

Did First Lady Michelle Obama Set Guinnness World Record For Jumping Jacks?

The White House today released this photo of First Lady Michelle Obama watching Guinness Book of World Records holder John Cassidy performing a balloon act in the Diplomatic Reception Room. The photo was taken on Oct. 11, just before Mrs. Obama led about 400 kids in a kickoff event on the South Lawn for an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for Most People Doing Jumping Jacks in a 24-hour period, as part of her Let's Move! campaign to inspire kids to get fit.  Did she succeed?

A Guinness spokesman today told Obama Foodorama that the world record has not yet been confirmed. It takes about six to eight weeks to "gather the evidence," she said, and the company has not yet received all the "documentation" from the various Jumping Jacks events held around the globe.

The Diplomatic Reception Room has become a sports room for the Obama White House: In September, Mrs. Obama played ping pong in the Diplomatic Reception Room with Nickelodeon TV boy band Big Time Rush.

World record holder Cassidy performed for the kids on the South Lawn before the First Lady launched the challenge. A video of Mrs. Obama and the kids in action:

*Photo by Chuck Kennedy/White House

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