The iconic bookworm gives the FLOTUS some recommendations for books to bring on her travels for the Let Girls Learn initiative

By Andrea Park
Updated June 25, 2016 02:15 PM
Source: Gilmore Girl/Twitter

Rory Gilmore, the iconic bookworm played by Alexis Bledel, stopped by the White House this week to lend first lady Michelle Obama some of her literary expertise.

In a video posted Friday to the official Gilmore Girls Twitter account, Gilmore met up with Obama to suggest some reading material while she travels for her Let Girls Learn initiative.

As several White House staffers filed into the room carrying towering stacks of books, Gilmore listed off her recommendations: Shakespeare – “because you can’t go wrong with the Bard” – Marilyn Robinson, Graham Green, “a little Proust” and Jane Austen. (“I mean, come on, Jane Austen!)

She also recommended “some classic beach reads” like Moby Dick, Anna Karenina and, of course, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – all rattled off with Gilmore Girls‘ signature speed.

(And she brought Obama a box of Pop-Tarts as a gift from her mom, Lorelai.)

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Of course, Gilmore made some time to learn more about Obama’s trip to Liberia, Morocco and Spain.

“We’re going to focus on some of the challenges that girls are facing in getting an education around the world,’So hopefully it’ll be informative and interesting.”

And although the Secret Service declined Gilmore’s request to tag along on the trip (something about “Who are you?”), Obama told Gilmore she can follow along on her newly launched Snapchat account, where she’ll be sharing “some behind-the-scenes action” from her travels.

Gilmore’s trip to the White House was a success, too: Obama left with a book in hand – but just one. Not like that ever stopped Gilmore, who quickly shoved three more books into the arms of a staffer.

“It’s a four-part series. Trust me, she’ll want them,” she said. “Go, go, go!”