Aw: Huckabee to interview Michelle Obama about obesity

posted at 3:54 pm on February 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

I admit it. I’m posting this mainly just to irritate you guys.

Seriously, though, no pass for Huck on this one? C’mon. It’s a good cause.

Huckabee suggested that hosting Obama is a sign that the issue isn’t one that should attract partisanship. “The tragedy would be for conservatives to sit it out and not ensure that the approach is indeed vertical and focused on the cultural and generational changes that are needed.”

Still, he said, it’s not a problem “that government can fix and shouldn’t attempt to regulate people’s behavior, but rather to follow the same framework that has marked other significant cultural shifts in health behavior.”

Huckabee says pushing kids to watch what they eat can be a subtle thing. “Kids respond to peer pressure and influences that surround them,” he says. “There is no simple solution because the issue is far more complex than that. It involves parents, kids, the medical community, the food industry, communities, and education. The role for government is far more limited than many will realize, but government does have a role, not to regulate personal behavior and private business but to regulate itself and its institutions.”

That highlighted part represents a big improvement for a guy who once supported federal workplace smoking bans in the name of wellness. If he uses the interview as a platform to argue against state meddling in health decisions — which would be a sweet jumping-off point for an argument over ObamaCare and rationing — he’ll do himself a lot of good. (Would Michelle O dare counter by challenging him on abortion?) Actually, he’s doing himself some good either way. Personal charm’s always been one of his big assets (ask Mitt Romney!) and this’ll give him a sweet opportunity to serve it up with a garnish of bipartisan civility on the side. Well played.

Meanwhile, a Hotline survey of conservative “insiders” reveals that 22 expect Palin to win CPAC’s straw poll, 20 expect Romney to win, and … not a single person expects Huck to come through. Rick Santorum got one vote and Mike Huckabee gets zero?


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Get educated then, it is a huge problem.

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Maybe Huck can ask her why she wears those hideous belts instead of doing what she wants others to do ?

macncheez on February 17, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Foodstamps do not cover diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, paper products, including toilet paper, am not sure about hygiene items. Try affording deodorant when you can not pay your heating bill.

I never used ‘wipes.’ I carried a wet old but clean washcloth in a plastic bag.

And, due to my own spell of poverty, I still don’t waste toliet paper.

I’m not as frugal as my “depression-era” family was, but I definitely have the habits.

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:36 PM

This is why I never trust insiders… they’re always looking for a way to prove they’re ready to compromise.

mankai on February 17, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Bingo!! And it looks like even a stint at Fox
can’t change Huckabee’s spots

donh525 on February 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Huck showing his bipartisan side = McCain.

cubachi on February 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Yuk, hey, maybe he could get on with MO and Huck? I’m sure Jesse could mention the racism in it all.

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Absolutely. I’m sure Jesse Jackson would say that fast food restaurants, and food producers in general put an addictive agent in their food to attack people of color.

It’s a conspiracy!!! Whitey is trying to kill the black man!!!

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Shoot, I hate when that happens. I’m going to start counting posts………….not really.
Hygiene issues for the poor is a huge problem. Not cheetos. It is tough to wash diapers, Ann, when you can not afford the utilities and you can not send cloth diapers to daycare.
Get a clue.

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

That highlighted part represents a big improvement for a guy who once supported federal workplace smoking bans in the name of wellness

Why are so many Republicans stuck on stupid concerning Tobacco.

The science really is settled concerning Tobacco it Kills. Secondhand smoke obviously kills. To argue otherwise would be to say the smokers body absorbs all the cancer causing agents.

Thus you are Stuck on Stupid when you say supporting a smoking ban means something other than you make decisions based on real science. It is against the law to kill people and your smoke can do exactly that. Many spouses have been killed by cancer/heart problems caused by their smoking spouse. It may happen less in the workforce but it still happens.

Steveangell on February 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

If she was a conservative on MSNBC she would be asked: How much does your husband smoke? Does he ever smoke around the kids? He is an addict! HE has to smoke around them if…. HE EVER SEES THEM!!!

DID YOU KNOW THAT HE SMOKED BEFORE YOU MARRIED THE BUM???

And then what do your think of the Greg Critser theories?

(Like the famous BUSH DCCTRINE!!!!!)

IlikedAUH2O on February 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Get educated then, it is a huge problem.

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Are you suggesting that cost-saving alternative measures are unknown today?

Nah*….I don’t buy that one.

My son is putting himself through college, living off of grants, etc., and various other measures.

He’s even better at cost-savings than me.

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Next up: Meghan McCain interviews Colonel Sanders on the vital issue of Original Recipe vs. Extra Crispy.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 4:37
At least it would get him out of Portland.

Ann,You can’t send washclothes to daycare either, you are nutty.

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

You are as completely out of touch as MO. Is Oprah on yet?

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM

It seems to be common among fats these days to play the self pity card and attribute their problem to outside forces beyond their control, rather than themselves. This isn’t exclusively a fat affliction, it’s the prevalent attitude in a culture ruled by the leftist philosophy of social determinism. People talk about their own self-imposed misfortune as something that “happened to them,” instead of as the result of their own poor judgment and lack of discipline. Fats now turn to miracle diets in the same way people turned to mystical potions and concoctions in medieval times. Only in this day and age, ignorance is no excuse. The solution to obesity really IS settled science – eat sensibly and exercise sufficiently. But just like everything else, people expect to have a magical solution handed to them on a plate by some higher authority.

The loss of self responsibility and the dependence epidemic should be treated as a mental illness. The UK press just reported that over one FIFTH of the British population is economically inactive and does no paid work. This, as obesity levels are at their highest in history. Obesity is an epidemic among the welfare dependent. Do the math. I find it sick and depraved that a welfare-supporting socialist like Michelle Obama, who lives and breathes the ideology that got the population in this mess, now considers herself to be a mouthpiece for the cause. It’s disgusting. Don’t encourage her, Huckleberry.

Sharke on February 17, 2010 at 4:41 PM

My son is putting himself through college, living off of grants, etc., and various other measures.
AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Sounds like WE are helping him through college.

donh525 on February 17, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Yes, the CPAC straw poll in 2010 is crucial in determining the nominee for 2012. Look who won the 2006 straw poll………..Allen with 22%. Who??????????? What a joke!

Iowans Rock on February 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

You are as completely out of touch as MO. Is Oprah on yet?

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM

OK, you believe in wipes. LOL*

I think they are a waste of money, personally.

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM

donh525 on February 17, 2010 at 4:42 PM

bingo

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Huckabee is clueless. He fails to understand the nature of the political enemy, and continually gives them the benefit of the doubt.

The time has passed for the mindset that says the Left is well-intentioned but misguided. Their intentions are malevolent, as evidenced by their words and deeds.

IronDioPriest on February 17, 2010 at 4:46 PM

get educated and less self centered.
Here’s a start, one from each coast.

http://www.babybasicsinc.org/
http://www.westsidebaby.org/

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Would he be saying a word about it if he didnt get Michelle Obama to appear with him.

Does Oprah talk about obesity when a bunch of skinny chicks are with her? No, she talks about it when a bunch of fat chicks are with her?

By this logic, Huck should talk about rocket science if willy nelson is on the show with him.

C’mon. She’s pushin’ obesity right now, so it’s natural to talk about it.

lorien1973 on February 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Sharke on February 17, 2010 at 4:41 PM

We need to take care of all voters!

The obvious answers are too horrible to contemplate.

IlikedAUH2O on February 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Huck needs bariatric surgery.

IlikedAUH2O on February 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I would understand if he was interviewing her on what it’s like to look like a cave person.

RightWinged on February 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Sounds like WE are helping him through college.

donh525 on February 17, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Not really. He gets scholarship funds, based on his GPA, which is now a 4.0. He DOES have a school job, teaching writing.

I suppose that’s state-supported employment, but he earns his keep.

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:51 PM

OK, you believe in wipes. LOL*

I think they are a waste of money, personally.

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM

You’re the type who separates 2 ply toilet paper to get 2 rolls out of one aren’t you?

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Here’s one more

http://thediaperbank.org/index.php/press/

There is a bigger problem getting kids to survive poverty as babies. But whoever said it is right, MO apparently likes to avoid the poor. Wasn’t it the poor she needed to funnel to other hospitals. Fat kids are not quite as messy.

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

He needs to shut the Huck up.

5u93rm4n on February 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Anyway, I think Michelle found a good issue, particularly related to the AA population, where obesity is causing major health issues.

There’s nothing wrong with the issue. I fear the conversation will be just more of the same ineffectual talk about this we’ve seen for 15 years.

People prefer to take a pill to fix themselves, or blame a doctor. Actually change habits?

oy vey!

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:53 PM

You’re the type who separates 2 ply toilet paper to get 2 rolls out of one aren’t you?

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I’m not that bad. LOL*

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:54 PM

You’re the type who separates 2 ply toilet paper to get 2 rolls out of one aren’t you?

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I am frugal. I think I’m back in style these days. *haha

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Diabetes is one of our major health issues. It’s a relevant issue, guys.

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:56 PM

C’mon. She’s pushin’ obesity right now, so it’s natural to talk about it.

lorien1973 on February 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Yeah, she’s pushing obesity. That’s apparent.

donh525 on February 17, 2010 at 4:58 PM

This “War on Fat” has absolutely nothing to do with obesity and everything to do with government control over our lives and unions getting rich off the back of tax payers–period. Is Huckaphony going to ask Michelle Obama about the SEIU’s involvement in this “War on Fat” or about how this little dog and pony show is just a warm up to ObamaCare. Because we all know, once the gov’t is involved in your healhcare it will also be involved in what you can and cannot eat–for the good of the collective of course.

Redneck Woman on February 17, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Huck showing his bipartisan side = McCain.

cubachi on February 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Oh, the same guy Palin is campaigning for??????

Iowans Rock on February 17, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Redneck Woman on February 17, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Can not be said often enough.

ORconservative on February 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Huck needs bariatric surgery.

IlikedAUH2O on February 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Some people think he’s already had it. ;)

It’s not a cure for obesity, in that a person who has had the surgery can gain the weight back if they revert to their old over-eating habits. It happened to that Wilson-Phillips chick (forget her name, Carrie or Carnie or something), who had the surgery years ago (on t.v., no less), then got fat again, and is now supposed to be going on one of those reality shows where they try to make people shape up.

AZCoyote on February 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Yeah, she’s pushing obesity. That’s apparent.

donh525 on February 17, 2010 at 4:58 PM

I think most people are these days. Of course, they lowered the number of lbs over the optimum weight, but the fact is that weight plays a huge part of our healthcare problems, too.

It’s relevant.

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Oh, the same guy Palin is campaigning for??????

Iowans Rock on February 17, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Yeah. Thats the one. Just like when Reagan campaigned for Bush I.

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM

It’s relevant.

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 5:10 PM

As a matter of public policy? Politicians don’t just discuss things and let it go. They discuss things because they’re laying the groundwork to control the things.

misterpeasea on February 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM

I wonder if any one saw Huckabee on John Stossel’s show on the fox business channel a few weeks ago .The Huckster was trying to make his case on this obesity thing and was soundly booed by Stossel,s audience.

thmcbb on February 17, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Wait I heard Huckabee was in Los Angeles – there’s a new game show he wants to host.

jake-the-goose on February 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM

The government needs to stay out of our lives about our family’s weight…I don’t need communists with no religious conviction whatsoever telling me what I should and should not feed my kids….It is none of their business, and “Gomer” Huckabee is just trying to score brownie points with the Obamas…I think he will do anything to keep himself in the public eye…

theaddora on February 17, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Huck speaks Shyriiwook?

cyclown on February 17, 2010 at 5:24 PM

From Sarah Palin Feb. 2nd on her Facebook:

“The White House recently announced its pricey Childhood Obesity Initiative to tell us what we should feed our kids. Helpful I’m sure–but most Americans would rather see government focus on other important areas right now. We know what our kids should eat: more healthy food, less junk food. There–we just saved Washington a ton of money by announcing that finding on personal responsibility.”

technopeasant on February 17, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Yeah. Thats the one. Just like when Reagan campaigned for Bush I.

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Nice try. FAIL.

Iowans Rock on February 17, 2010 at 5:29 PM

What are the odds that Huckabee is going to tell Michelle that she has fat arms?

Vegas is giving 27:1 against right now…

percysunshine on February 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

technopeasant on February 17, 2010 at 5:28 PM

SArah slammed that one. Does Huck take issue with Palin here, or is he just trying anything to get folks to watch his show?

james23 on February 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

During the show with MO, if Huckabee plays the song ‘Baby Got Back’ by Sir Mix-a-lot while galloping around Michelle like he’s riding a toy horse and smacking himself on the ass as he gallops, I’ll vote for him next election.

justltl on February 17, 2010 at 4:12 PM

ROFLMBAO! That is too funny. I think I would have to vote for him as well if he did that, and I can’t stand him.

macblanegirl on February 17, 2010 at 5:38 PM

I look forward listening to Mark Levin on this topic.

http://marklevinfan.com/?p=2524

jaboba on February 17, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Hey, Awshuckabee, stop with kids and parents and go no further. After that it’s nobodies business. See if you can get MyBelle to admit her bmi? That ought to get a lot of viewers.

Kissmygrits on February 17, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Yeah. Thats the one. Just like when Reagan campaigned for Bush I.

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Nice try. FAIL.

Iowans Rock on February 17, 2010 at 5:29 PM

No. Really. Reagan campaigned for Bush I in ’88. So Palin campaigns for McCain in ’10.

Where is the difference?

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Couldn’t. Hate. Chuckabee. More.

I’m sure he’ll put forth his warm, folksy, bipartisan, gameface and go on to tell all of us how we misjudged our First Lady. His new BFF.

anniekc on February 17, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Huckabee is clueless. He fails to understand the nature of the political enemy, and continually gives them the benefit of the doubt.
IronDioPriest on February 17, 2010 at 4:46 PM

A problem not limited to him. In fact, it’s the rule, not the exception, among GOP.

rrpjr on February 17, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Michelle Obama is a Bigot towards fat people.

- The Cat

P.S. I bet both Obama’s made fun of the fat kids in school. Ask her about Huckabee.

MirCat on February 17, 2010 at 6:31 PM

ONE WORD: EGADS!!!

PappyD61 on February 17, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Oh, gawd… Gag me with a spoon.

Will he ask her what she’s carrying in those saddle bags of hers?

petefrt on February 17, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Oh gosh darn it, Hucks so dang cheesy sometimes.

lizzee on February 17, 2010 at 7:24 PM

The Huck is reaching across the aisle.

mobydutch on February 17, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Anyway, I think Michelle found a good issue, particularly related to the AA population, where obesity is causing major health issues.

There’s nothing wrong with the issue. I fear the conversation will be just more of the same ineffectual talk about this we’ve seen for 15 years.

People prefer to take a pill to fix themselves, or blame a doctor. Actually change habits?

oy vey!

AnninCA on February 17, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Good points. It is sad to see people struggling with their weight problems…though I’m sure there are more than a few Adonis’s and Venus’s around that will say that they need to simply quit eating so much…probably the same kinds who insult bald men, people who wear glasses, etc.

We never seem to really move away from the sandbox/playground and grow up and truly show compassion for others. The illnesses of our society goes deeper than politics and economics.

Some families and individuals are just like that, and it doesn’t have to do solely with overeating and lack of exercise but also with culture, general diet, genetics and possibly emotional issues. If they’re fine with their weight, then so what? If not, then hopefully they can find the help they feel they need. I won’t look down upon them or make fun of them.

There is also a good point as to diet choices in poor areas. But market forces dictate where the supermarkets go vs. the convenience stores and liquor stores. You can walk into a supermarket in a lower socioeconomic (not obviously “poor”) area and the junk food will be more prominent as you walk in the door. In the same county and in a store of the same chain the junk food is back somewhere on aisle X in the more affluent areas. But, again, it is supply and demand. What is sold is what the people in that area want to buy.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 17, 2010 at 8:03 PM

No. Really. Reagan campaigned for Bush I in ‘88. So Palin campaigns for McCain in ‘10.

Where is the difference?

portlandon on February 17, 2010 at 5:58 PM

An outgoing two term POTUS campaigning for his predecessor is not quite the same as the VEEP on a losing ticket campaigning for the guy who tanked the election and stands for everything you preach against. But whatever, your reality is in your own little world.

Iowans Rock on February 17, 2010 at 8:05 PM

i don’t know, they are both fat and not particularly knowledgeable in the area of nutrition, so why do we care?

Willie on February 17, 2010 at 8:18 PM

An outgoing two term POTUS campaigning for his predecessor is not quite the same as the VEEP on a losing ticket campaigning for the guy who tanked the election and stands for everything you preach against. But whatever, your reality is in your own little world.

Iowans Rock on February 17, 2010 at 8:05 PM

My bad. I meant “successor.”

Iowans Rock on February 17, 2010 at 8:29 PM

I have no problem with wanting to fight obesity (I’ve seen my dad suffering with it long enough), but I do have a problem when the government is doing it.

Tim Burton on February 17, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Why is it that Americans need Michelle Obama or any other federal official/organization to take them to task for being overweight? Whatever happened to the doctor-patient relationship?

Advise your own husband, on his nicotine addiction, Mrs. Obama and stay out of our lives.

sinsing on February 17, 2010 at 11:32 PM

The role for government is far more limited than many will realize, but government does have a role, not to regulate personal behavior and private business but to regulate itself and its institutions.”

Blah, Blah, Blah… It’s a duck!

Could this guy be anymore a greasy preacher type than he is now?

Sultry Beauty on February 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

for those if you who agree with this I say, “So if no one in my family ever suffered from this problem can I opt out of any government regulations? If I live in California, can I eat Trans Fats if I want?”

Why do those of us who don’t have a problem have to be controlled by people like Michelle Obama or Mike Huckabee because THEY can’t control THEMSELVES and their families? Ever notice the ones who have the problem are the ones trying to force us to suffer right along side them. I chaulk it up to another type of class warfare and envy. It’s so nice for Lefties to have ‘Health Care Crisises’ to use to cover it up.

Sultry Beauty on February 18, 2010 at 11:20 AM

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