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Evolution of Mom Dancing [SLYT] In honor of the First Lady's "Let's Move" campaign, and to encourage parents everywhere to get up and get moving with their kids, Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama present the "Evolution of Mom Dancing."
posted by Fizz (55 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
Michelle Obama is so cool.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:00 AM on February 23, 2013 [28 favorites]


And she has rhythm. And style. And comic timing.
posted by orange swan at 8:06 AM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Please adopt me, FLOTUS
posted by angrycat at 8:08 AM on February 23, 2013 [11 favorites]


A lot of hateful YT commenters, of course, "bouncing around like a monkey" and so forth, to which one replies:

Oh no, the world's changing, SOMEONE SEND HELP
posted by Countess Elena at 8:12 AM on February 23, 2013 [48 favorites]


Michelle has moves and a sense of humour. Brava!
posted by arcticseal at 8:14 AM on February 23, 2013


I know it's cool to hate on how Barack Obama hasn't solved global warming or imprisoned all the bankers, but honestly there are moments when it is so striking what a quantum leap forward this presidency is that it's just stunning.

not that dancing on TV is such a big deal, it's just that I feel much better that we don't have uptight out of touch people in the White House. You young people will never know what it was like when George Bush had no idea what a grocery store scanner was.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:16 AM on February 23, 2013 [27 favorites]


That was so flippin' adorable I had actual tears in my eyes.
posted by vers at 8:17 AM on February 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Slarty,

To be fair....

But it's not the same.
posted by Fizz at 8:20 AM on February 23, 2013


Slarty,

To be fair…
posted by Omon Ra at 8:25 AM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Barbara Bush would show you Mom Dancing.
Grandmom dancing.
Daughters of the American Revolution style.
posted by Mezentian at 8:27 AM on February 23, 2013


I'd also like to suggest that FLOTUS make this a regular and weekly event.

"Dance Moves with the First Lady".
posted by Fizz at 8:32 AM on February 23, 2013 [9 favorites]


I adore the first family. The administration hasn't been perfect, I know, but I think they are fantastic as a family and as human beings. And the stuff she's done with getting kids to think about being more active, and getting families to think about planting a garden? It makes me happy.
posted by jbickers at 8:32 AM on February 23, 2013 [9 favorites]


It strikes me that it would be hard to do the Laura Bush "just driving" dance.
posted by Mezentian at 8:35 AM on February 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


It strikes me that it would be hard to do the Laura Bush "just driving" dance.

You mean hard morally?
posted by Sys Rq at 8:37 AM on February 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


You know, I've read that Snopes article before, and I really don't think their evidence adds up to "false." I think there's been a lot of spin on this over the years, and there is no doubt watching the video, Bush is one square motherfucker.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:37 AM on February 23, 2013


Yeah. I....

The First Lady of the United States of America is cooler than I am.
And I have been on stage with Various Not Unknown '77 Punk Rock Bands.

Which you would think would make me cooler than fuck.
But no.
posted by Mezentian at 8:38 AM on February 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


The First Lady of the United States of America is cooler than I am.
And I have been on stage with Various Not Unknown '77 Punk Rock Bands.


SOLUTION: Become the First Lady.
posted by Fizz at 8:39 AM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


So they're just calling it the Pulp Fiction now and not the Batusi anymore? I feel old.
posted by cazoo at 8:40 AM on February 23, 2013 [12 favorites]


If they'd used Beyonce's "Halo" as the music they could have called the sketch "Mom Dancing Evolved!"
posted by straight at 8:48 AM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


It strikes me that it would be hard to do the Laura Bush "just driving" dance.

Think mosh pit; you just have to run onto the dance floor prematurely and bump into people.
posted by jaduncan at 8:49 AM on February 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


SOLUTION: Become the First Lady.
I'm kinda attached to my man parts.
Plus I have so sense of dance.
I'd Elaine/Britta up the place.
posted by Mezentian at 8:49 AM on February 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm sorry.
posted by jaduncan at 8:50 AM on February 23, 2013


I can just imagine how the right wing is going nuts about this right about now. First, "Evolution??" Blasphemy! And having a black woman on the higher end of that evolutionary mom-dancing pecking order? GACK!

This mom dance is so good on so many levels...
posted by leftcoastbob at 8:54 AM on February 23, 2013


I was talking with another mom about how being a parent gives you license to do things that feel great but look awkward like dancing. It's okay to dance like Michelle or Jimmy-in-a-pastel-mom-uniform!
posted by vespabelle at 9:02 AM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


And having a black woman on the higher end of that evolutionary mom-dancing pecking order?

As if they would get beyond the monkey thing.
It strikes me that Mrs Obama should have done the Funky Gibbon just to send the American Right into paroxysms.
The Goodies would be ready. They would.
posted by Mezentian at 9:05 AM on February 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


I probably should have phrased my earlier comment entirely differently so that it was apparent I was just saying the First Lady is--by virtue of her charm, charisma, accomplishments, etc.--entirely crushworthy. There's no particular reason she would need to be, of course, to be either an exceptional FLOTUS or an exceptional public figure in general. But she is, and it just kind of explodes my head. I spend a lot of time on other forums where people know me better and the context wouldn't have been needed, and sometimes I forget myself. I didn't mean to be uncouth, though, so I apologize.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:08 AM on February 23, 2013


Cmon, Michelle Obama, push it to the limit -- give us some actual West African dance, manjani or lamba or sunu. THAT stuff'll get you fit.
posted by gusandrews at 9:09 AM on February 23, 2013


not that dancing on TV is such a big deal, it's just that I feel much better that we don't have uptight out of touch people in the White House. You young people will never know what it was like when George Bush had no idea what a grocery store scanner was.

I don't know, previous First Ladies were pretty in-touch themselves.
posted by cmonkey at 9:11 AM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I didn't mean to be uncouth, though, so I apologize.

No. I think you need to be shamed.
Are there stocks in the Metafilter Town Square? Because I have fresh fruit and rotting vegetables.

And anyway, after your comment, which I won't repeat for fear of Modaggendon, cmonkey's link will be all the punishment you need.
posted by Mezentian at 9:14 AM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


You're right, Nancy's dance on Mr. T's lap beats Michelle alongside Fallon. Let's Move indeed.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:18 AM on February 23, 2013


Nancy's dance on Mr. T's lap

"It moved"

I have no idea which pop culture cesspit I pulled that from, but there it is.
Gaze upon the horror of Rule 34 RPS.
posted by Mezentian at 9:21 AM on February 23, 2013


Cmon, Michelle Obama, push it to the limit -- give us some actual West African dance, manjani or lamba or sunu. THAT stuff'll get you fit.

In other news, the skit is about the development of American dance as she's from Chicago.
posted by jaduncan at 9:23 AM on February 23, 2013 [23 favorites]


There is nothing not to love about this.

"It moved"

I have no idea which pop culture cesspit I pulled that from, but there it is.


Costanza.
posted by mudpuppie at 9:32 AM on February 23, 2013


Costanza

I feel so dirty.
And '90s.
posted by Mezentian at 9:38 AM on February 23, 2013


I propose a three-way dance off for charity.

Fallon-Degeneres-Obama cage match.
posted by timsteil at 9:43 AM on February 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


Slarty,

To be fair....


Aw, at least the guy had a sense of humor about it. Laura looked like she couldn't wait to be escorted out of there.

And having a black woman on the higher end of that evolutionary mom-dancing pecking order? GACK!

Well who they gonna put up? Ann? Janna? Bring it. (Oh wait, it's already been broughten.)

Cmon, Michelle Obama, push it to the limit -- give us some actual West African dance, manjani or lamba or sunu. THAT stuff'll get you fit.

In other news, the skit is about the development of American dance as she's from Chicago.

Ouch, that's gotta burn.
posted by fuse theorem at 9:56 AM on February 23, 2013


In other news, the skit is about the development of American dance as she's from Chicago

Sure. Chicago, KENYA!
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 10:38 AM on February 23, 2013


That whole episode, which also featured a long FLOTUS interview, Scarlett Johansson, and the Avett Brothers, was fantastic. I encourage you to track it down.
posted by Linda_Holmes at 11:04 AM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mrs. Obama is going to be a tough act to follow. Can you imagine the uncharismatic snoozefest the Ann Romney administration would have been? We're in for a letdown that maybe only Bill Clinton can solve.
posted by MarvinTheCat at 11:39 AM on February 23, 2013 [6 favorites]


The "uncoordinated Electric Slide" one was very convincing. That one came from the heart.
posted by bleep at 12:17 PM on February 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


I went to a zydeco show in Newburyport, MA last night; I was one of the youngest folks there (I'm in my late '40's). The first moments of the Youtube clip exactly replicated some of the dance floor moves I saw last night - then I realized it was Jimmy Fallon's absolutely perfect take on the hipless suburban white lady dance.

And after a half hour or so last night I had to go home and ice my suburban white lady knees. Sigh.
posted by Currer Belfry at 12:35 PM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


We're in for a letdown that maybe only Bill Clinton can solve.

With his raw sax? Clinton was known as a wonk who gave three-hour speeches riddled with policy details. It took keeping hold of the presidency after the publicity of getting a hot consensual blow job in the White House from someone who wasn't a supermodel to make Clinton truly fuckable. After a lifetime of being the class president and a dork, it took a naughty blow job to make him hot.

And then the gods struck him and his willie down with the quadruple bypass heart surgery.
posted by ennui.bz at 12:37 PM on February 23, 2013


Clinton was known as a wonk who gave three-hour speeches riddled with policy details. It took keeping hold of the presidency after the publicity of getting a hot consensual blow job in the White House from someone who wasn't a supermodel to make Clinton truly fuckable. After a lifetime of being the class president and a dork, it took a naughty blow job to make him hot.

Um, you know Lewinsky wasn't Clinton's first "naughty" scandal, right? Dude crept around.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:49 PM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awesome, but they forgot the "at the sink washing dishes and shaking her booty". Mom, stop!
posted by schoolgirl report at 3:04 PM on February 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ahem. About a month ago I busted ALL of those moves, plus I danced like Gibby (shirt on), and still only came in Second in the "Most Embarrassing Parent" dance contest at at kid's birthday party. I don't know what more a mom has to do these days to make her kid cringe (and to win a Toblerone bar.)
posted by peagood at 3:22 PM on February 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


You know, I take it back -- there is one disturbing thing about that clip: how much Jimmy Fallon looks like Tina Fey dressed as Sarah Palin.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:03 PM on February 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


With his raw sax? Clinton was known as a wonk who gave three-hour speeches riddled with policy details. It took keeping hold of the presidency after the publicity of getting a hot consensual blow job in the White House from someone who wasn't a supermodel to make Clinton truly fuckable. After a lifetime of being the class president and a dork, it took a naughty blow job to make him hot.

Yeah, you've never been a heterosexual lady (or presumably a gay or bi man? don't know if his brand of mystery voodoo sex charisma crosses over) who has seen him in person and felt the mojo despite yourself and despite the fact that you are aware that he looks like a boiled ham. Frightening, it is.
posted by availablelight at 4:13 PM on February 23, 2013 [8 favorites]


Michelle Obama tries to be all modest with her dancing, but you can tell she can seriously work it.
posted by orme at 5:16 PM on February 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


That was great! I did think Jimmy Fallon in drag looked an awful lot like Michael Jackson, which was sort of unnerving, but I liked Michelle's imitation of an awkward dancer. She seems like a cool, fun person in addition to being smart and very attractive! I like her new bangs. /superficial

Oh Americans, how I envy you your First Couple.

Seriously.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 6:35 PM on February 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


And Jimmy Fallon has now been in a second thing that fills me joy and that I have bookmarked to watch when I'm in a bad mood or need to get psyched up for work! (See also. Autoplays, has short ad first, sorry!)
posted by skycrashesdown at 6:42 PM on February 23, 2013


Those are some of my favorite dance moves, as my mortified children will confirm. But they forgot my favorite: the My Three Sons. Raise your arms to shoulder height! Lower them to your knees. Raise your arms to shoulder height! Lower them to your knees... keep those toes tapping!
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:45 PM on February 23, 2013


Oh Americans, how I envy you your First Couple.
Seriously.


That's a triad.
But, man, Canada is so progressive.
posted by Mezentian at 9:00 PM on February 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


Nah, that's just our Minister of Agriculture, photobombing as usual.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:34 AM on February 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Betty Ford also had it going on.
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:19 AM on February 24, 2013


What's going on?
What's going on?
posted by Mezentian at 6:10 AM on February 24, 2013


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