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Michelle Now Will Fight ‘Childhood Obesity’

From Lynn Sweet at the Chicago Sun-Times:

She’s leading White House’s fight against childhood obesity

BY LYNN SWEET Sun-Times Columnist

January 14, 2010

WASHINGTON — The first lady in 2010 will become the lead White House spokesman in an administration-wide battle against childhood obesity, taking on her first substantial role in advancing an Obama initiative.

Michelle Obama said dealing with childhood obesity will be a "major" project for her second year as first lady, and she did not rule out testifying before Congress

She already has been dealing with the childhood obesity issue through her successful signature project, the White House kitchen garden.

"The garden and this first year was really a good way to begin that conversation in kind of a nonthreatening way to feel the pulse of the nation," she said.

Lest we forget, as we have previously noted, Mr. Obama himself wrote in his second autobiography, The Audacity Of Hope, page 36:

Sometimes finding the right balance is relatively easy. We all agree, for instance, that society has a right to constrain individual freedom when it threatens to do harm to others. The First Amendment doesn’t give you the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theater; your right to practice your religion does not encompass human sacrifice. Likewise, we all agree that there must be limits to the state’s power to control our behavior, even if it’s for our own good.

Not many Americans would feel comfortable with the government monitoring what we eat, no matter how many deaths and how much of our medical spending may be due to rising rates of obesity.

But that was then (2006) and this is now. And Michelle Obama needs ‘a cause,’ like all First Ladies have had — since Eleanor Roosevelt.

Even so, aren’t their other causes that would be more important for Mrs. Obama to take up?

If she wants to focus on children, as is the wont of the left, the biggest challenge facing American children is not obesity — it’s having two parents.

As Ann Coulter’s recent book, Guilty, and myriad other studies have overwhelming shown, having two parents is the single biggest factor in keeping kids healthy and discouraging them from becoming criminals.

Children being raised by single mothers is an especially terrible problem in the ‘black community.’ In Michelle Obama’s Chicago, where Obama did so much community organizing, 75% of black children are born out of wedlock.

There is now a seemingly stable two parent black family in the White House. Why not use their own positive example as a way to encourage a behavior change that would do more than any other single thing to improve the lot of children in the US?

Or is it that by asking people to take responsibility for themselves and their children doesn’t give her any evil corporations to blame?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

36 Responses to “Michelle Now Will Fight ‘Childhood Obesity’”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Item #1 is that Mitchell Obama needs to do something with the fat in her head before she does anything else and #2, according to PMSNBC, we’re already as fat as we’re going to get. Rush talked about this yesterday:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34832702/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/

  2. proreason says:

    It’s all about indoctinating children to government control.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    What do these people “fight”?

    This “fight” word confuses me. Do they understand the meaning of the verb “fight”; To attempt to harm or gain power over an adversary by blows or with weapons. (or) To engage in boxing or wrestling. (or) To engage in a quarrel; argue.

    You mean there are people who want to ‘argue’ about obesity? To quarrel? Who? MSNBC? I’m sure their position is it simply doesn’t exist.

    Or, do they seek to harm and gain power of obese people?

    Ooooo. I’ll bet that’s it.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Jeez, GetBack….

      It’s all about that “struggle” and how “the man” has “kept them down” for centuries and how evil, profiteering fast food chains market to a certain demographic, etc etc.

      Has nothing to do with doing more “push-aways” from the table or how to fix balanced, well-cooked meals. Indeed, I think many affleets need to speak up on correct eating habits and exercise.

      Like anything else Mish-hell does, it’s empty carbs. Looks good, tastes even better but in the long run…goes right to your a$$

  4. nascarnation says:

    75% out of wedlock.
    Lyndon Johnson’s “great society” certainly did a fine job of destroying the black family structure.
    Take a bow, Democrats.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    I imagine this PR campaign will turn out just like her organic garden did on Iron Chef America: birthed from sludge and in need of public fill-ins. Maybe for the cameras she can hire a group of ethnically diverse SEIU workers to starve their children on bean sprout casseroles and wheatgrass.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Touche’, tranquil! Love your symbolism – exactly what I was envisioning, too.

      I’m thinkin’ she’s got plenty of manure left over from the garden to help fuel this new effort. :-)

  6. canary says:

    There is already an epidemic of young girls with deadly eating disorders, and now Celebrity Michelle Obama will be pushing skinny.

    She is already a terrible role model when it comes to driving materialism, fashion, and luxury in front of youth.

    • catie says:

      She doesn’t care about that though since the majority of eating disorders such as anorexia & bulimia are primarily in girls who are white or Hispanic.

    • Confucius says:

      Good point canary.

      From Milan’s runways to Hollywood’s red carpet, fat is supposed to be the new phat.

  7. tanstaafl says:

    “She already has been dealing with the childhood obesity issue through her successful signature project, the White House kitchen garden.”

    I’m sick of these preachy people.

    Health & Human Services Sec’y Kathleen Sebelius is, literally, traveling around the country holding “obesity” conferences and producing “obesity maps” on the taxpayer dime. (That is, when she’s not trying to gin up H1N1 panic or teaching us how to cough into our sleeves.)

    Reportedly, under the Clintons the WH lawn had been fertilized with sewage sludge (a public relations ploy by the Environmental Protection Agency) and there are resultant high levels of lead in Michelle’s garden.

    oops

  8. Reality Bytes says:

    Can’t wait to hear about “Those Fat Cats at Crispy Creme are more interested countin’ dough than calories!”

    I swear! You can’t make this stuff up. Oh wait, I just did!

    Listen! They can take away my bavarian creme, but lay one hand on my Beefeater & you’re gonna loose it!

  9. Melly says:

    What about our foster care system?
    Direct your energy towards reforming that Mrs. O.

  10. Mister C says:

    Fat be the new nicotine. Tax it and denigrate all who embrace it. How else are we going to pay for all those kids?

  11. Rip Cord says:

    I thought her husband was working on this. By ensuring so many parents will/have lost their jobs they would have killed two birds with one stone. No food and no money. Keep up the great work Michelle and Barak, see you on the ballot in 2012!

  12. canary says:

    So what exactly is the new “threatening way” she is going after beginning in a “non-threatening way”.? Children slaving in the Clinton’s sewer fertilized plantation, their fruits to go home and teach their folks how to garden. They did get to eat some lettuce at the final harvest, and most looked chubby.

    “The garden and this first year was really a good way to begin that conversation in kind of a nonthreatening way to feel the pulse of the nation,” she said.

    The latest attack on salt means Obama is going to give up “salt” on his tater tots?

  13. proreason says:

    I dunno.

    After forcing myself to look at ThunderButts rear-end one more time, I’m not so sure she is the best possible role model to fight obesity.

    She could also use a smidge of advice about choosing the right size when she buying her knock-around pants.

    Who weighs more anyway, her or the Moron?

  14. David says:

    Personally, I think she would be a wonderful spokeswoman to fight against fathers who smoke when there are young children in the home.

  15. U NO HOO says:

    The government radio network NPR already sponsors good food for living…

    Momma’s little baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb, Momma’s little baby loves rhubarb pie…

    and

    Have you tried them, powder milk bisquits in the big blue box…

    Eaten by above average children…

  16. U NO HOO says:

    PS, I don’t understand the new food pyramid.

    I didn’t understand the old food pyramid either.

  17. wirenut says:

    Not many Americans feel comfortable with “YOU”, and your two axehandle wide butt, either ! Dictating to us what we need to eat? Meanwhile your putt’n on the feed bag and face down in the trough, Sorry ! All on the small man’s dime. Sweet !!! Kind’a hard to talk when yer mouth is full, Huh?…. Hundred dollar a pound beef hard to swallow? Give me a break! If you worked for a living your bicycle seat wouldn’t look like a recliner. AKA. LAY-Z-BOY.

  18. 2old2givea says:

    1. Keep your hands offa my kid
    2. Your butt’s bigger than the broad side of my barn.
    3. What would have been really great would have been for her to help feed kids who aren’t getting enough to eat because the parents have lost their jobs because of her husband. Just a thought.
    4. (see Number 1)

    Think I’ll go eat something fattening, have some dessert, then smoke a cigarette. (Someone has to pay for all the chillren’s sCHIP program.) If this keeps up, I’ll be on an all-liquid diet by next week and changing my screen name to “abitmorevodka.”

    • jobeth says:

      Don’t forget to have some salt laden snack while watching TV

      I understand that salt is the next sin the food police are after…

      Now go enjoy your evening…lol

      Added thought…If they they keep this up we won’t be “allowed” to eat anything. But then we won’t miss the food once their commie system gets in full gear and the shelves go empty. Ummm I think I got it now.

  19. Liberals Demise says:

    She best be fighting that junk in her trunk first.

    “Porgy……….youse a hunk a wo wo wo wo wooooman!!”

  20. jrmcdonald says:

    If she sways in front of the fridge, she could floor most kids with that backside!

  21. amber says:

    Not nice, and Not classy to all of you who are focussing on her behind. She is actually a pretty fit woman, she is just well endowed in the backside through no fault of her own. That is genetics and has nothing to do with exercise. My buttocks is about 1/3 the size of hers, but, I completely understand as my upper torso is about 3 times hers and I can not shrink it, no matter how hard I try.

    Criticize her for her choices, but not for things she has no control over. By sinking to that behavior you are acting like a big L, and I mean liberal.

    • Confucius says:

      How do you know her “endowment” is genetic? It could be due to a “thyroid problem,” just like Oprah. It could also be due to her penchant for deep dish pizza, also just like Oprah.

      Just curious.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Michele should follow the regime and walk the walk before she hulks the talk!!
      (sans the St. Louis fly in Pizzas)

      THUNDER TRUNK

    • JohnMG says:

      She seems not to have any control over her mouth and what issues from it, either.

      So, does she get to say anything she chooses without being criticized for it? “First time in my life I’m proud of my country……”

      She’d be better off facing criticism for her ‘ghetto booty’ than her obviously anti-American, racist blathering. One is indefensible, the other is not. Need I point out which is which? Doubtful.

  22. Confucius says:

    This must mean the War on Poverty has been won.

    Good job Democrats. Look at what you did to our kids.

  23. Tater Salad says:

    This an e-mail from a friend who questioned two Arabs about “why Michele Obama does not visit Arab countries with Barack:

    Shep Smith, Fox News. If you check Obama’s last trip over seas. His wife left just after their visit to France as stated below. She has yet to accompany him to any Arab country. Think about it. This was sent to me from a very good and reliable friend. The pieces of the puzzle just keep on coming together! Interesting…

    Travel for Obama

    I was at a Blockbusters renting videos, and as I was going along the wall, there was a video called “Obama”. There were two men next to me. We talked about Obama.
    These guys were Arabs and I asked them why they thought Michele Obama headed home following her visit in France instead of traveling on to Saudi Arabia and Turkey with her husband..
    They told me she couldn’t go to Saudi Arabia , Turkey or Iraq .
    I said “Laura Bush went to Saudi Arabia , Turkey and Dubai .”
    They said that Obama is a Muslim, and by Muslim law he would not be allowed to bring his wife into countries that accept Sharia Law.
    I just thought it was interesting that two Arabs at Blockbusters accept the idea that we’re being led by a Muslim who follows the Islamic creed.

    They also said that’s the reason he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. It was a signal to the Muslim world.

    Just thought you would like to know.

    *************** ***************** *******************

    When I received this it made sense to me, but there were also a couple blank spots. Thus,
    I sent it to a friend who is a Middle Eastern Scholar and expert, Dr. Jim Murk. Here is his explanation that states a little clearer what the Arabs at Blockbuster were saying.
    Bear,

    “An orthodox Muslim man would never take his wife on a politically oriented trip to any nation which practices shari’ah law, which includes Saudi Arabia ,. This is true and it is why Obama left Michelle in Europe or at home when he went to especially Arab countries. He knows Muslim protocol; this included his bowing to the Saudi king. Obama is regarded as a Muslim in these countries simply because he was born to a Muslim father. Note that he has downplayed his Christianity–even spoke of his Muslim faith with George Stephanopoulus –by not publicly joining a Christian church in D.C., but simply attending the chapel or services at Camp David .
    He also played down the fact that the USA was a Christian country and said, unbelievably, that it was one of the largest Muslim nations in the world, which is nonsense. He has also publicly taken the part of the Palestinians in the conflict with Israel Finally he ignored the National Day of Prayer. He is bad news. He is God’s judgment on America .”

    Thus once again ACTIONS speak louder than words. Check out Obama’s. Do they appear treasonous to you or is it just millions of us who think so? God help us! What have we done??

  24. wirenut says:

    Amber, your missing the point. It’s not her posterior that’s the problem, but her mouth. It’s not her genetics that’s the problem, it’s her upbringing. It’s so much of what she says, yet she does so little. Get my point !
    When I’m treated as a fellow citizen and not as a subject, I’ll show respect. Until all elected officials show respect to taxpayers, and not treat us as purse strings. GAME-ON ! First Lady is a non-elected position and should not set policy. My backside is getting sore from All-knowing politicians and their wives…..
    P.S.
    With that much caboose, there’s no need to focus.


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