By Crystal Carter, Nov 3, 2009 3:25 PM
Editor's note: Crystal Carter, NAM intern, is a freelance journalist in San Francisco. She has her own blog called www.popscampaign.blogspot.com.
Michelle Obama, the youngest first lady since 31-year-old Jacqueline Kennedy, is 45 and America’s new embodiment of health and femininity. Obama was photographed hula hooping on the White House’s South Lawn to promote physical fitness at the Healthy Kids Fair last week. She also double-dutched and completed an obstacle course.
“Hooping is a strong symbol of health and power,” said Cressie Mae Akin, 22, a hooping enthusiast and freelance hoopmaker. “Some people think that it’s just a toy from childhood, but it’s so much more.”