Wednesday, June 06, 2012

'American Grown' Promo: First Lady Obama Does Gardening 'Top Ten List' For Letterman

"Barack-oli" and "Weed Whacker One"
First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, promoting her new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, which went on sale on May 29. Mrs. Obama filmed the spot earlier in the day in the Map Room at the White House, and gave host David Letterman a Top Ten List, telling him "Fun Facts About Gardening." Number 1 on her list: "With enough care and effort you can grow your own Barack-oli," the First Lady said, holding up a head of broccoli with President Obama's face etched on the side.(Above)

Letterman held up a copy of Mrs. Obama's book as he sat at his desk in his studio. She was clad in a yellow dress as she spoke to Letterman onscreen, or as Letterman put it, "through the magic of television." Number 2 on her list: "The White House tool shed contains shovels, trowels and Weed Whacker One."

The full Top Ten list:

No. 10: "Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener."

No. 9: "Plant avocadoes, tomatoes, onions and cilantro together and grow a guacamole tree."

No. 8: "Eggplants were originally cultivated for use as doorstops."

No. 7: "In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish."

No. 6: "The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks."

No. 5: "Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on “tomato” vs. 'tomahto.'"

No. 4: "If you have an actual green thumb, it might be scurvy."

No. 3: "Lettuce is 96 percent water and 4 percent lettuce."

No. 2: "The White House tool shed contains shovels, trowels and Weed Whacker One."

No. 1: "With enough care and effort you can grow your own Barack-oli."

To launch her book last week, Mrs. Obama did a TV book tour, visiting New York to film Good Morning America, The View, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Live! with Kelly. Mrs. Obama also appeared on The Rachael Ray Show. She will appear on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible on June 14.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mrs. Obama appeared at a press conference in Washington, DC, with Disney executives as they unveiled new corporate nutrition standards. Mrs. Obama also waded into controversy, commenting on New York City's proposed soda ban during an interview about her book with AP.

*CBS video. Updated.