Stand Up First Ladies

Dec 20, 2019

In this audio game, two returning champions guess which sassy first lady they're hearing.

Heard on Kal Penn And Dan Soder: The Tournament Of Champions.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This audio quiz is called Stand Up, First Ladies. We'll play a clip of a first lady being witty. You just tell me who we're hearing. And the points are doubled. Danielle, stay in the lead, and you are in the final round. Shreyas, you need to get more points, or you have to do improv with Mamie Eisenhower.

(LAUGHTER)

SHREYAS VANGALA: Oh, my god.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

VANGALA: Poor Mamie.

EISENBERG: Poor Mamie.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Not the first person to say it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right. Here we go. This first clip is from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT")

STEPHEN COLBERT: How is swagaliciousness (ph) achieved?

MICHELLE OBAMA: It's a person that has a lot of swag.

(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: And if you don't know what swag is, Steve, you definitely don't have it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Danielle.

DANIELLE MEBERT: Michelle Obama.

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I love that Michelle Obama also called him Steve, not Stephen. That's a classic power move right there.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Remember when presidents went to the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Ah.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here, this first lady gets in a sick burn about her husband.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

LAURA BUSH: George's answer to any problem at the ranch is to cut it down with a chainsaw...

(LAUGHTER)

L BUSH: ...Which I think is why he and Cheney and Rumsfeld get along so well.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Shreyas.

VANGALA: Laura Bush.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's Laura Bush.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: All right, this clip is from a 1990 commencement speech.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

BARBARA BUSH: Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. And I wish him well.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Shreyas.

VANGALA: That's Barbara Bush.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's Barbara Bush. Exactly.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: In a 1968 video tour of the White House, this first lady tells a story about President Roosevelt and a chandelier that made an annoying sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

CLAUDIA ALTA JOHNSON: Every time the door opened, it tinkled, distracting him greatly. He ordered it to be sent to the Capitol. And he was supposed to have said, put it in the vice president's office, and it will keep him awake.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Shreyas.

VANGALA: Lady Bird Johnson.

EISENBERG: You got it. That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I love the idea of a house so quiet the tinkling of a chandelier would be...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It's, like, in my house, it's like, garbage trucks. A jackhammer is nearby and dogs barking and...

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: Yeah, that's right.

EISENBERG: ...People screaming.

COULTON: Right. The sound of the fine crystal jostling against the other fine crystal is driving me mad.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: You know when gems hit each other? Don't you find that annoying?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right, amazing couple of games. And congratulations, Shreyas. You are moving to our final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Do you think you have what it takes to be a contestant? Think bigger. Do you think you have what it takes to be the next ASK ME ANOTHER champion? Why not go to amatickets.org and apply, and let's find out together.

Coming up, Kal Penn is joining us. He's gone from the TV series "House" to the White House to The Bell House, and I'll ask him which one is really a home.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(SOUNDBITE OF BECK SONG, "HELL YES") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.