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Watch Michelle Obama Dance With a Turnip

Root vegetables, meet Lil Jon.

Here’s one move that ensures you’ll never suffer root vegetable fatigue. During an #AskTheFirstLady Q&A session on Vine late Tuesday, FLOTUS was asked a series of questions related to her Let’s Move campaign, like her favorite vegetable (sweet potatoes?). The best answer came when user/President Obama impersonator Alphacat queried “How many calories do you burn every time you ’turn up’?!”

Her response:

This isn’t the only time the White House has employed Lil Jon’s hit song “Turn Down for What” to spread their message. The rapper recently released a Rock the Vote video “Turn Out for What” with Whoopi Goldberg, Lena Dunham, Fred Armisen, and others to encourage young voters to turn out for the November 4 midterm elections.

While both videos may sway young minds about voting/root vegetables, we’re partial to Michelle’s. The only failing of the First Lady’s video was that chef Sam Kass wasn’t in the background shouting “Fire it up loud/Another round of sprouts!” while throwing alfalfa in the air. Other that that: perfection. All we can do now is hope for a sequel. Kale Me Maybe?

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.