Michelle Obama will visit tween comedy 'iCarly' in January, to promote an organization that supports military families. Will she sample Carly's favorite dish?
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The point of Mrs. Obama’s guest spot is to promote Joining Forces, an organization aimed at supporting members of the military and their families. The first lady’s a big booster of this group.
Why did the White House choose a show about a webcast produced by a teen named Carly and her best friends Sam (a girl, wacky) and Freddie (a boy, techie) as a forum here? Because in “iCarly,” Carly’s dad is a military officer who is always off somewhere else doing something important and never appears. Carly lives with her older brother Spencer in a great loft that is supposedly in Seattle, with no parents. No, we don’t know anything about the mother – they never talk about it.
Obama will turn up in an episode in which Sam and Freddie break rules and set up a webchat between Carly and her dad on his birthday. (Having seen this show before, we bet the “rule breaking” involves something like hacking into the US nuclear control network during study hall.) The first lady discovers this. Hilarity ensues, followed by learning and a hug.