Mama Obama scolds Olympian for celebratory Egg McMuffin

Michelle Obama scolds Olympian for dietary choices.

First Lady Michelle Obama accompanied Olympian Gabby Douglas, to sit with television host Jay Leno on the evening of August 13 on the NBC network. Douglas, who not only won a gold medal for gymnastics at the recently concluded Olympic Games in London, also won the hearts of millions of Americans for her almost superhuman athletic feats. As a 16-year-old at the Games, following her performance, young Douglas decided to celebrate with a delicious American breakfast treat: a McDonald's Egg McMuffin

Michelle Obama, who has taken upon herself the task of scolding Americans about their diet and fitness, had the following exchange with the exultant teenager: 

JAY LENO, HOST: You trained your whole life, you win. How did you celebrate? What did you do?

 
GABBY DOUGLAS: We didn't have time to celebrate. It was team finals and had to turn the page all-around finals and event finals after that. But, after the competition, I splurged on an Egg McMuffin at McDonald’s.
 
LENO: Egg McMuffin.
 
[Laughter]
 
MICHELLE OBAMA: Yeah, Gabby, we don't, don't encourage him. [Laughter] I'm sure it was on…
 
DOUGLAS: A salad.
 
OBAMA: a whole wheat McMuffin.
 
LENO: It was on a whole wheat bun.
 
OBAMA: Yeah.
 
LENO: So an Egg McMuffin. Very good.
 
[Light laughter]
 
OBAMA: You're setting me back, Gabby.
 
DOUGLAS: Sorry.
 
OBAMA: It's so hard.
 
LENO: So what were you eating, was it just like protein and cereal and all this. Do they watch you? Oh, you get like one cup of this and two? When you, what is your diet when you're doing that? Is it really strict?
 
DOUGLAS: Well, yeah, we have to kind of watch what we eat sometimes, and just keep our bodies in shape, and the more protein the better because it recovers our muscles and we like to drink a lot of vitamin D. So, every day I had chicken or beef and cereal every morning. So, it was very good.
 
LENO: Okay, cool, very good.


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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