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As Sesame Street's Elmo puts it to First Lady Michelle Obama in a new public service announcement, "Yea exercise!"

We know Mrs. Obama taped the PSA Tuesday at Sesame Street's studios and she was pretty giddy about the experience.

"I never thought I'd be on Sesame Street with Elmo and Big Bird and I was thrilled. I'm still thrilled. I'm on a high. I think it's probably the best thing I've done at the White House," she said while visiting the U.S. United Nations mission.

Now, DailyFlotus at has some scoopage: the script and the back story about Mrs. Obama's debut with the furry red monster.

The back story: Visiting the "Sesame Street" set has become a First Lady tradition: Laura Bush, Barbara Bush and Hillary Rodman Clinton have all stopped by.

There were reasons besides tradition to swing by the studio early in Mrs. Obama's tenure as First Lady.

Several "Sesame Street" initiatives-healthy eating and outreach to military families-mirror Mrs. Obama's agenda items. After the election, "Sesame Street" offered Mrs. Obama a standing invitation. She took them up on the offer when she made her first visit to New York since the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Before the visit to the UN mission-and dinner at Time Magazine's glitzy 100 important people event where she hung out for a bit with pal Oprah Winfrey--Mrs. Obama visited the Sesame Street set at Kauffman Astoria Studios in Queens. Taping the PSA with Elmo is part of Sesame Workshop's Healthy Habits For Life initiative.

The script: The 30-second spot opens with Mrs. Obama, on the Sesame Street set, waving hello. "Hi Everyone." Elmo starts to chat her up.

Mrs. Obama: "Well, first I want to get some exercise, so I'm taking a walk around Sesame Street.

Elmo: "If Mrs. Obama exercises, everyone has to exercise. Yea exercise!"

Mrs. Obama: "If you want your child to have health y habits, practice healthy habits too, because you're your childs' best role model."

Elmo: "Oh come on, Mrs. Obama," as he leads her off on her walk.

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