An American Darling: Nervous But Sweet

Gabby Douglas gets into hot water with First Lady Michelle Obama during her nervous appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Gabby Douglas teased by First Lady Michelle Obama.

First Lady Michelle Obama had some choice words for U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas during Monday night's episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The sixteen-year-old Douglas admitted she "splurged" on McDonald's after her gold medal routine at the London 2012 Summer Games. The First Lady -- who was appeared first on the show -- jokingly scolded Douglas. "Maybe a whole wheat McMuffin," said Michelle Obama, as Jay Leno seemed intrigued at the meal. As Leno and Douglas joked over Douglas’ celebratory move, the First Lady cautioned her. "You're setting me back, Gabby." The teenage gymnast quickly replied, "Sorry!"

First Lady Michelle Obama is known for her commitment to healthy nutrition and exercise. Her Let’s Move campaign launched in 2010 and aims "to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity," according to the White House.

Monday night marked Gabrielle Douglas' first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the petite teenager seemed excited and a bit nervous. When asked by Leno if the experience of winning a medal was what she envisioned after a lifetime of training and dedication, Douglas inadvertently insulted Leno. "I think it’s very different, and when I mean 'different' it's in a better way," said Douglas. "I mean, I never thought I would be doing the show with the first lady, or even you, Jay." First Lady Michelle Obama jokingly jumped in, "Even you too, Jay!"

Gabrielle Douglas is the first African-American to win the individual all-around competition and the first American gymnast to win both the individual all-around and the team all-around.

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Comments on "Gabby Douglas charms the First Lady and Jay Leno"

Setra August 14, 2012 | 5:01 PM

This was a fun show to watch as Gabby Douglas is one of my favorite Olympians. I enjoyed seeing her and the First Lady interact with each other. I have to agree with Andrea, you can tell she’s nervous in this interview, showing that she hasn’t let the fame go to her head yet, which is much appreciated. I never miss the Late Show with Jay Leno and have it recording on my Hopper every night. Thanks to the suggestion of a Dish coworker I recently upgraded to this Whole Home DVR. I love that when I play back recordings I’m able to start watching in my living room and pick up where I left off from any room in the house. It’s so convenient and I save a ton of time.

Andrea August 14, 2012 | 2:38 PM

It's nice to see that fame hasn't gone to her head. She seems to still be a fairly normal 16-year-old, getting nervous, fumbling over her words lol. I'm glad that she's held on to a bit of normalcy, she's been rocketed to the top of the fame-charts recently.

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