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Presidential expert Macey Hensley talks ‘This is Us,’ tells president jokes on ‘Ellen’

Eight-year-old Kansas presidential expert Macey Hensley visited “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for Presidents Day and received a special message from Milo Venimiglia, star of NBC’s “This Is Us.” Hensley is from Council Grove, Kansas.
Eight-year-old Kansas presidential expert Macey Hensley visited “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for Presidents Day and received a special message from Milo Venimiglia, star of NBC’s “This Is Us.” Hensley is from Council Grove, Kansas. EllenTube

You can’t have a Presidents Day without Macey Hensley.

Macey, you may remember, is the now 8-year-old presidential expert from Council Grove, Kansas. She recently flew to Los Angeles to tape a segment for the Presidents Day episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which airs at 3 p.m. today on KMBC.

During the visit, Macey talked with DeGeneres about her recent birthday, what it feels like to get older and even told a couple of presidential jokes, such as:

What’s Michelle Obama’s favorite vegetable?

Barack-oli.

Macey also shared that her new favorite TV show is “This is Us,” which drew wild applause from the studio audience. DeGeneres then played a video of star Milo Ventimiglia saying hello to Macey.

“You may be a fan of mine, but I’m a fan of yours,” Ventimiglia said. “I very much look forward to you becoming president and using that expertise one day.”

DeGeneres said she would arrange for Macey to meet Ventimiglia next time she’s on the show.

Macey first appeared on “Ellen” three years ago, when she was 5, in what DeGeneres said “may have been one of the cutest moments ever.”

Since her first appearance on the show, Macey has met President Obama, President George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and “Hamilton” producer Lin-Manuel Miranda. She’s also toured the country in an RV, visited a Civil War-reenactment and filmed ads for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Macey told DeGeneres the best thing about being 8 now is she doesn’t have to ride in a car seat anymore. Among her birthday gifts: a “Hamilton” shirt, a game called “Deal or Duel” and some “Hamilton” bookmarks.

The producers of the “Ellen” show sent Macey to see “Hamilton” twice (the first time she fell asleep). Now that she’s seen the second half, she called it amazing.

“The thing is when I think of George Washington now, I think of a 30-year-old bald man walking around, singing jazz,” she said.

(By the way, “Hamilton” is coming to Kansas City for nearly three weeks in 2019 from June 18 to July 9.)

Macey’s mother, Nichole Hensley, told The Star they took Macey’s grandfather, Fred Auchard, with them for the trip.

“He enjoyed the trip, but he prefers life on the farm,” Nichole Hensley said.

Macey also had a busy day today, as she appeared on WIBW-TV in Topeka early this morning to talk all things presidential.

David Frese: 816-234-4463, @DavidFrese

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