is the White House getting a remodel?
Not exactly. First lady Michelle Obama guested on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and although the presidential residence was featured on the show, last night's season premiere focused on expanding a community resource center for homeless female veterans near Ft. Bragg.
So what prompted Mrs. Obama to appear on a reality TV show?
"Jill Biden and I, we want to rally this country to support our military families as well as they've supported us," says the first lady. "And we want to ask the country to step up in ways big and small—everyone can do something.
"I think it's important for America to hear these stories and be reminded of the people who are good neighbors, the people who are willing to roll up their sleeves, the people who are making sacrifices for people who they don't even know," she adds.
After inviting the show into her historic home, the president's wife of nearly 19 years tells host Ty Pennington she infused her own personal style into the two floors the family gets to make their own.
"We kind of consider this the lobby of the White House. When we go upstairs to the two floors of our home, we have free rein and our style is much more laid-back," she explains. "I have small kids and we've got to have furniture that kids can jump on. We have a lot of wonderful modern art. We like really subtle soft warm tones, so it's sort of comfy and kid friendly."
Michelle tells Ty she's most impressed with how quickly the Extreme Makeover crew can build entire homes.
"The speed with which you get it done is amazing. I'd love to see you build this house in a week," she says of the White House.
Pennington returned her praises: "Not only did the first lady of this country greet us with open arms, she really does want to be part of this project," explains the reality host. "She has an initiative called Joining Forces, and it really is about supporting, recognizing and honoring military families."