September 25, 2011
In this image released by ABC, first lady Michelle Obama, left, embraces host Ty Pennington during a taping of a two-part premiere of the home makeover series, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," in Washington. As part of her Joining Forces initiative, Michelle Obama participated in the episode featuring the Marshalls, a military family based in Fayetteville, N.C.
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Michelle Obama found an unusual ally — reality TV — in her effort to bring attention to the needs of military families. The first lady, appearing Sunday on the two-part season premiere of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" says the program was the right platform for the cause.