On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama held a press conference at a Subway restaurant in Washington, DC, wherein she praised the company’s $41 million marketing initiative to promote healthier lifestyles to America’s youth over the next three years. And later that afternoon, the company offered Obama some praise right back… by announcing a new sandwich named after her.
The sandwich, simply called “Michelle,” will launch in select Subway stores in DC, Chicago, Hawaii, New York, and Los Angeles on February 1st, and nationwide on March 1st, and will be featured on the company’s popular “$5 Footlong” menu. The sandwich includes specially-seasoned turkey, cherry-glazed ham, and a new no-fat American cheese. Subway is also rolling out a brand-new “cinnamon-oat” bun, designed to be coupled with the sandwiches, to mark the occasion.
The new foot-long sub has only 380 calories, the same as a 6″ sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwich from their menu, and a mere 5 grams of fat, making it the healthiest foot-long sandwich Subway has ever produced in the company’s history. It also comes in 6″ form.
President Barack Obama said he was looking forward to the new sandwich, which Subway is delivering to the White House on Saturday for an exclusive first look… well, first bite.
“I think Michelle is doing an outstanding job in educating Americans on healthier food choices, and helping to make America’s youths healthier and happier,” Obama said, near the end of a press briefing on the Iran nuclear deal. “Subway is bringing these new sandwiches by the White House on Saturday. Can’t wait. I’m really looking forward to eating Michelle on Saturday, and I’m certain it’s going to be really, really great.”
The First Lady commented on the sandwich as well, during a Let’s Move! campaign event later in the day on Thursday. “To have a really healthy, tasty sandwich named after you, that’s a high honor. I can’t wait to try it out! It’ll be weird, eating a sandwich named after me. It’ll be like I’m eating myself. But that awkwardness aside, I can’t wait until the whole country is eating me.”