'Kid President': Michelle Obama Shares an Important Message With Kids (Exclusive Video)
Watch out Barack, there’s a new president in town, and he’s already on the phone with your wife – well, the “can phone,” that is.
Ten-year-old Robby Novak, who plays the Kid President on the Hub Network series Kid President: Declaration of Awesome, created by Novak's brother-in-law Brad Montague and produced by Rainn Wilson (The Office), gets the chance to interview First Lady Michelle Obama about important things kids should know on the upcoming season finale of the show, set to air Saturday.
The show celebrates children’s innocence, creativity and good intention and attempts to use Kid President’s character as a role model whom other kids can emulate in pursuit of social change, accomplishing their dreams and helping others. According to Montague, “We’re doing this because we believe kids can change the world. We also believe grown ups can change the world. It just takes all of us working together.” He explains that he was inspired to create the show after he was “blown away by the ideas and the hearts” of students at Go! Camp, which he founded with his wife. “After seeing their creativity and compassion I couldn’t help but think – wouldn’t it be cool if we listened to kids more?” he says.
On the show, Kid President typically explores various themes such as the value of being true to oneself by spending time with real families across America and by talking with celebrity guests like Weird Al Yankovic, Gene Simmons, Kevin Costner and Christina Applegate (who also appears in Saturday’s episode). In this season’s finale, Kid President embarks on a quest to discover “what the kids need to know” and will get the chance to interview Reggie Watts, Carrie Brownstein and Obama via a can attached to a string.
In the exclusive sneak peek above, the first lady shares her fondest childhood memories with Kid President and explains the importance of being active and eating healthy – a message she frequently advocates in her “Let’s Move! Initiative,” which aims to solve the challenge of childhood obesity for future generations. Kid President takes her advice to heart and helps build a playground for kids in need at the end of the episode, while PS22 Chorus joins in with an inspirational jam.
And if that upbeat music doesn’t inspire you, maybe this will: Novak loves to dance and makes sure to bust out a few moves in every episode, including this season’s finale, despite having osteogenesis imperfect, a brittle bone condition that has already resulted in having his bones broken 70 times. But as Montague writes on the Kid President website, “What’s inspiring about Robby isn’t his condition, but the fact that his condition doesn’t define who he is. In spite of all he’s been through he not only keeps going – he dances.” If nothing else, Montague hopes that viewers receive the show with as much love that went into making it, and encourages us all to keep dancing.
Kid President airs at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on the Hub Network.