LOS ANGELES — 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.
— Associated Press