'It's Alive!' Michelle Obama Holds an Earthworm
10/26/2011 AT 04:35 PM EDT
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.