While on a TV junket to celebrate the second anniversary of the Let's Move! campaign last February, First Lady Michelle Obama beat talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in a pushup contest. On Wednesday, Mrs. Obama took to Twitter to tease DeGeneres about her 7-month-old victory.
“I hear @TheEllenShow is still sore about losing our pushup contest. What would have happened if I’d tried? –mo,” Mrs. Obama tweeted.
“The only reason I'm sore is from doing push-ups the proper way,” DeGeneres tweeted back.
“What did you say? You sounded a little out of breath. And next time, it’s sit-ups. –mo,” Mrs. Obama replied.
Mrs. Obama has more than 1.6 million Twitter followers, while DeGeneres has more than 13.7 million followers. During the now-famous face-down face-off on the show, Mrs. Obama did 25 pushups as the audience counted down, while DeGeneres did 14.
The First Lady loves TV: She and President Obama appeared on The View on Tuesday, and she has also appeared on shows with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Rachael Ray, Nate Berkus, among many others.
I hear @theellenshow is still sore about losing our pushup contest. What would have happened if I’d tried?-mo
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) September 26, 2012
The only reason I'm sore is from doing push-ups the proper way. RT @michelleobama I hear Ellen's still sore about losing our pushup contest.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 26, 2012
Mrs. Obama hinted on the show that she could have done many more push ups. "I just stopped," the First Lady said.
DeGeneres claimed she was going easy on Mrs. Obama.
"I thought it wouldn't be good to show up the First Lady, so I stopped," she said. "Because I thought, this looks bad that I'm going to beat her. I'm 54, and you're 48."
Mrs. Obama told DeGeneres that she works out "every day," which includes cardio, weights, "biometric kind of stuff," and push ups.
*Photo and video from The Ellen DeGeneres Show/Warner Brothers