LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabby Douglas admitted indulging in post-Olympics fast food to the wrong person: First lady and healthy eating advocate Michelle Obama, who teased the gymnastics champion.
“You’re setting me back, Gabby,” Obama told Douglas during a taping Monday for NBC’s “Tonight Show,” according to a network transcript.
“Sorry!” replied the 16-year-old athlete, who confessed to chowing down on a McDonalds’ breakfast sandwich after winning two gold medals at the just-ended London Olympics.
Douglas became the third straight U.S. athlete and first African-American to win the all-around title. She and her teammates gave the U.S. its first Olympic title in women’s gymnastics since 1996.
“Tonight” host Jay Leno asked Douglas whether, after a lifetime of training, the dream of winning matched or differed from the reality.
“I think it’s very different, and when I mean `different’ it’s in a better way,” Douglas replied. “I mean, I never thought I would be doing the show with the first lady, or even you, Jay.”
Leno started to reply, when Obama jumped in.
“Even you too, Jay!” she said.
On another sports-related topic, Leno put the first lady on the spot about what he called “this whole kiss cam thing” at a recent basketball game.
Last month, she and President Barack Obama were at a U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team exhibition game in Washington when the arena’s “Kiss Cam” panned to them. She appeared to shake her head “no” to a smooch.
That’s not what happened, Michelle Obama told Leno.
“I had just walked in and sat down, and I just saw my face on the Jumbotron. And I’m still a little embarrassed. … I didn’t see the `kiss cam’ part,” she said.
After the couple was booed, daughter Malia set them straight.
“She was just disgusted with us,” Obama recounted. “She said, `Why didn’t you kiss?’”
The 13-year-old quickly proved her skills as a problem-solver.
“I’ve arranged for you to get another chance on the kiss cam,” she told her parents, according to the first lady. The president delivered, giving the first lady a big kiss on the lips and adding a peck on the forehead for good measure.
Then Leno turned serious, according to a partial NBC transcript, asking Obama what she’s proudest of in her husband’s first term.
“Truly, health reform,” she said, including protection for those with pre-existing conditions.