At Wednesday night’s LGBT fundraiser in Los Angeles, POTUS cracked a joke about his wife’s physical fitness that went like this:
“I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in pushups — (laughter) — but I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down. (Laughter.) That’s what I heard.”
The evening’s pooler, Todd Gillman from the Dallas Morning News wrote the joke up this way:
“He warmed up with some jokes about the first lady’s appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show. “Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well,” he said, after saying that she’s taken some criticism on her technique “because she doesn’t go all the way down” – a line that he let hang, naughtily, provoking laughter from the crowd.”
The consensus is that POTUS was joking about her level of fitness and not her oral skills. But, that didn’t stop the Washington press corps from having fun with this topic. We take a look at the issue with Storify.