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Michelle Obama dances again: A very brief history of other first ladies getting down

First lady Michelle Obama dances during a surprise visit to Alice Deal Middle School. (By Molly Riley/Reuters )

The first lady appeared on the White House South Lawn yesterday to teach kids from military families about fitness and show off her moves to to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” Obama was previously spotted doing the Dougie to Beyonce’s “Love Your Body” at a middle school in Washington, D.C., and dancing with children in Mumbai, India.

While she may be the best, Mrs. Obama isn’t the first first lady to show off their funkier dance moves.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed that she could get down during a 2009 visit to Kenya. At a gala in Nairobi, Clinton looked like she was genuinely having fun as she swayed with fellow attendees. In what was certainly a less exciting dance, she was spotted slow-dancing with her husband, former president Bill Clinton, on New Year’s Eve 2009 in Times Square.

First lady Laura Bush looked like a dancing queen when compared to her husband at 2007’s Malaria Awareness Day at the White House. While dancing with the Kankouran African Dance Company, President George W. Bush really got lost in the moment, as his dance moves showed. While Bush was teased for the performance (to be fair, it was pretty terrible,) the first lady kept her dancing simple and escaped ridicule.

Watch the former president discuss his dancing with Jay Leno:

Jackie Kennedy was reportedly known to do the hip-swiveling Twist, with one friend saying she was a “wicked Twister.” Sadly, there isn’t video, but you can see a photo of the stylish first lady cutting a rug here. You can also see an amazing photo of Betty Ford, who was a trained dancer, doing the Bump onstage with singer Tony Orlando here.


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