First Lady Intervenes to Help Twins Get a Dog

It probably had something to do with the fact that the juniors are Sophia and Isabella Strahan, the 10-year-old twin daughters of Michael Strahan, former pro-football player and co-host of Live with Kelly and MichaelThe girls were at the White House Kids State Dinner, an event organized by the First Lady. "We started the Kids' State Dinner a few years ago because we thought, 'Wouldn't it be fun to reward kids who were eating healthy and teaching other kids to eat healthy?' " The kids attending had  attendees submitted recipes for the annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Taste testers picked a winner from every state.

Sophia and Isabella were interviewing Obama for a segment on Good Morning America. After fulfilling their duty of asking her about the importance of healthy eating, the twins realized they had a golden opportunity: To enlist the First Lady’s help in convincing their parents to let them have a dog. After all, First Dogs Bo and Sunny, Portuguese Water Dogs, are cherished members of the President’s family. 

And sure enough, the dog-loving wife of the most powerful man in the world came through. Looking straight at the camera, Obama said, “Dad, wherever you are, let them have a dog. They're so cute and cuddly. And they're going to be responsible. And if they can do this interview, they can take care of a dog. Come on, Michael.” Turning back to the girls, she added, “All right, I hope that helped." 

We will keep our fingers crossed that the Harvard Law School graduate’s renowned powers of persuasion worked.

Watch Sophia and Isabella gets some interviewing tips from dad Michael Strahan:

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First Lady Michelle Obama, seated with Obama family pets Bo, left, and Sunny, tapes a video for Ellen DeGeneres' 56th birthday in the White House Library, Jan. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) 

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