How Michelle Obama ended up 'random dancing' with 'iCarly' [video]
"I'd planned to keep a respectful distance so no security people would wrestle me to the ground or Tase me," said Dan Schneider, executive producer of Nickelodeon series "iCarly," about Michelle Obama's guest appearance on the show, airing Tuesday night. "But she was so warm and down to earth, not intimidating at all. She hugged me and said how excited she was to be on the show."
Apparently a longtime fan of the show with daughters Malia and Sasha, Obama contacted the producers about being written into the series, and is included on an episode honoring military families. The episode, dubbed "iMeet the First Lady," has Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) prepping for a birthday party for her dad, an Air Force colonel, who's expected to finally come home from active duty.
Obama spent nearly four hours last summer on the "iCarly" set on Sunset Boulevard and "nailed it," Schneider said. She even threw herself into the silly series ritual known as "random dancing," as you can see in the video below.
"We'd asked if she would be OK with really mixing it up and having fun," Schneider said. "There was no apprehension on her part at all. She was a totally good sport." Here's more on Obama's visit to "iCarly."
-- Joy Press
Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama with Miranda Cosgrove, left, and Jennette McCurdy. Credit: Cliff Owen / Associated Press