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'It's Alive!' Michelle Obama Holds an Earthworm

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Michelle Obama isn’t afraid to get a little dirt under her fingernails, and after all that work in the vegetable garden, she isn’t above getting really close to the things that live in the dirt, either.

The First Lady held up a lowly earthworm during a visit Tuesday to Chicago’s Iron Street Urban Farm, where she picked the worm out of a compost bin and smiled at it happily.

“It’s alive!” she shouted as Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel laughed at her side, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Obama’s visit to her hometown was part of a fund-raising tour to raise money for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, and included a stop at a city summit on food deserts, or areas where fresh, healthy foods are not readily available to low-income communities.

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