First lady issues sit-up challenge to talk-show host DeGeneres

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Obama made it to 25 while DeGeneres stopped at 20 push-ups during the contest, although both women joked that they stopped before they had to. Later, DeGeneres jokingly questioned the first lady’s form. They were both doing military-style push-ups, but the first lady lowered the intensity by never dipping below her elbows.

A tweet exchange between the two women, where tweets from the first lady are marked “-mo” to indicate she sent them personally, indicates Michelle Obama knows it’s still a sore subject with DeGeneres.




Questions about Michelle Obama’s form made it all the way to President Obama, who joked about the contest in June at a fundraiser with DeGeneres.

“I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in push-ups -- but I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down,” he said. “I just want to set the record straight: Michelle outdoes me in push-ups as well.”

The first lady has appeared on DeGeneres's show several times, and since earlier this month she revealed she prefers sit-ups to push-ups when she gets a choice, her offer of a rematch just might be coming soon to day time TV.