Mrs. Obama’s second-term agenda: Impacting “the nature of food in grocery stores”

posted at 1:21 pm on September 4, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

So, what I’m hearing is, it’s pretty much the same as the old agenda, except perhaps ramped up another nanny-state notch.

In a yet another classic case of an inefficient, meddlesome bureaucracy attacking the symptoms instead of the disease (and causing a whole host of costs, inefficiencies, and waste in the process), the federal government via First Lady Michelle Obama has made it their business to “solve the problem of obesity within a generation.” In an audacious display of utter disdain for free-market signals, part of this effort includes nineteen separate government programs that aim to eliminate “food deserts” — areas where fresh, nutritious food is ostensibly hard to come by — by subsidizing the availability of fresh produce and whatnot in these supposedly underserved areas. The effort has already proved demonstrably inefficient, but when has that ever stopped bureaucratic do-gooders on a big-government tear? And now it sounds like she wants to not only make healthy food more available, but to make unhealthy food less available. From CNSNews:

Asked by Parade magazine, “What do you hope to accomplish in your second term?” First Lady Michelle Obama said she wants to “impact the nature of food in grocery stores” with the aim of cutting sugar, fat and salt.

“With ‘Lets Move!,’ our goal is to end the problem of childhood obesity in a generation,” Mrs. Obama said. “And while we’ve seen some very profound cultural shifts, we still have communities that don’t have access to affordable and healthy foods. We still need to find a way to impact the nature of food in grocery stores, in terms of sugar, fat, and salt.”

Mrs. Obama also discussed the challenge of “educating families” on healthy lifestyles in a society where “TV is rampant.”

I don’t really have a problem with the First Lady of the United States working to combat childhood obesity, in theory. Obesity is a serious and far too rampant problem in this country, and if Michelle Obama wants to use her platform as a public figure to champion the cause, traveling around to schools to educate kids and parents about healthy lifestyles or advocating on behalf of a worthy foundation or something — great. What I most certainly do have a problem with is the federal government using public resources and policy fiat to construct the bike-path-using, salad-eating, quinoa-cookin’ society of their crunchiest daydreams because that’s how they think society should look.

Bureaucratic endeavors to instill top-down virtue almost never fail to fall spectacularly flat, and usually come with a whole mess of unintended consequences and hidden costs, or even end up achieving the opposite of their intended effect. (Example: One of the reasons corn syrup, a.k.a. the sweetener in many processed foods, is so cheap is because the federal government subsidizes the corn industry to spur ethanol production — which in turn, by the way, incentivizes the agriculture industry to bring even more marginal land area into production. The road to obesity runs through chopped-down forests and is paved with good intentions. Dizzying, isn’t it?)

Besides, it’s really just not a good idea for the government to be involved in telling us what we should and shouldn’t be eating. Food can be a tricky business, and the scientific community is always telling us new and conflicting things. The conventional wisdom à la the old USDA food pyramid used to be that bread/cereal/grains/pasta should take up the largest portion of your diet, while you should barely eat any fat at all; now there’s a bunch of data and studies corroborating that white flour and starch is just about the worst thing you can eat and that a larger helping of certain types of fat (omega-3 fatty acids, for instance) is not only desirable but necessary for a well-rounded diet. I’ve also heard about studies suggesting that adult human beings really aren’t meant to ingest dairy, and that we shouldn’t be eating so much fruit because all of the sugars. Who knows what’s next? Maybe we’ll find out that high levels of sodium are actually the best thing since sliced bread! The science is too changeable and political, so maybe these decisions are better left up to individual choice rather than the government’s oh-so-august endorsement.

Anyhow, as I’ve argued before, the best, most penetrating way to encourage the largest number of people to become more health-conscious and to devote more of their time and resources to what they eat is to also encourage an economically robust, prosperous, growing society in which individual incomes are constantly on the rise. Subsidizing more produce in urban grocery stores and going deeper into debt to start up more after-school sports programs ain’t gonna’ cut it. More wealth is the only thing that’s ever going to effectively establish more Whole-Foods type communities across the country, and President Obama’s first-term agenda — more taxes, ObamaCare, a regulatory explosion, etcetera — didn’t do much for the cause.


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Paul-Cincy on September 4, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I did two ‘residential’ treatments and ended up getting shingles @ 21 because of my eating disorder. I quit the diet pills etc -cold turkey-in 2003.
I was addicted to them for 17 years.
THIS is Moooo’s ‘brave new world’.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Let me guess…the shelves will be stocked with nothing but Arugula…

Liberty or Death on September 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Leave us alone. Listening to the government is what’s making everybody fat in the first place. I can’t wait for this meddlesome woman to go back to Chicago.

Jim Treacher on September 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

darwin on September 4, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I walk too much. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on September 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

http://lh4.ggpht.com/-rDMJRMZlafU/UDZSmwtiwAI/AAAAAAAAl8g/e3m8TG2ml0E/Michelle-Obama-expensive-outfit_thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

OMG. My eyes… My eyes.

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

petefrt on September 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Limbaugh:
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Holy Shmoly! Michelle Obama Wants To “Impact The Nature Of Food In Grocery Stores”
This entry was posted on September 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm.
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Audio:(1:37)

http://dailyrushbo.com/limbaugh-holy-shmoly-michelle-obama-wants-to-impact-the-nature-of-food-in-grocery-stores/

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Ya that’s just what we need, dietary advice from a fat chick.

Buttercup on September 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM

…alright!…ok!…ha!…what happened to my favorite?… “degenerates“…?

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Degenerate in Chief, and his degenerate beard (to make your day, good KOOLAID2)

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Diet and exercise advice is OK, but she’s literally pushing it down our throats. If she didn’t have the power and influence to make laws, tax, and punish, it would be the height of comedy. Without the power of the title of the FLOTUS, she’d be like any other zealot who’s ranting about their latest obsession, like either a friend or acquaintance in person, or a stranger on a late-night TV infomercial or a Sunday morning preacher show. But it’s scary, because she has real power to affect our daily lives.

Paul-Cincy on September 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Please, butt out.

crosspatch on September 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I see what you did there.

22044 on September 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The First Lardass has probably already have a big impact on food availability at the grocery store- at least in terms of what’s left after her feedings.

justltl on September 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Kapla…!

Seven Percent Solution on September 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

OMG. My eyes… My eyes.

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

petefrt on September 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Lack of class is a family trait. I’m sure I’m a racist for saying that and for pointing out again her exercising her “right to bare arms” at a 2011 Medal of Honor ceremony.

Drained Brain on September 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

‘Classy’ beard

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Dear Mrs. Obama:

Please, butt out.

crosspatch on September 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I see what you did there. :-)

To the rest of your point, you are spot on. In the past (with the exception of Lady Bird and Shrillary), First Ladies realized that theirs was an honorary position, that they were not elected to office, but their spouses were elected. Once again, another democrat FLOTUS who takes the fact that her husband was elected as authorization for her to pursue legislative and policy goals rather than to support a cause like Nancy Reagan or the Barbara and Laura Bush did.

AZfederalist on September 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Drained Brain on September 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Butt ugly!!!

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 2:14 PM

‘Classy’ beard

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Beard, for sure. Classy, not so much.

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Had a nice steak ‘n’ cheese with onion rings for lunch. It tasted better the first time…

affenhauer on September 4, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Michelle says:”I’m Going To Take Folks Back To The Man That He Was Before He Was President”

Heh, the empty suit, blank slate? Sure, now that he’s got a record that needs defending.

socalcon on September 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Maybe they could start by making it illegal to buy junk food and soda with food stamps (oh, excuse me, food coupons). It seems like most of the instances where I find myself standing in line behind someone using food stamps, their cart is filled with potato chips, soda, and cookies. My brother and sister-in-law use them (she is college-educated and employed in a minimum wage job, by choice, and he is on disability because he’s obese and severely diabetic), and they somehow manage to afford beer and food to feed two very large dogs. Go figure.

College Prof on September 4, 2012 at 2:19 PM

If she didn’t have the power and influence to make laws, tax, and punish, it would be the height of comedy. Without the power of the title of the FLOTUS, she’d be like any other zealot who’s ranting about their latest obsession, like either a friend or acquaintance in person, or a stranger on a late-night TV infomercial or a Sunday morning preacher show. But it’s scary, because she has real power to affect our daily lives.

Paul-Cincy on September 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

But she really doesn’t have any power. There is no constitutional office of the First Lady or First Spouse. That she has been allowed power to influence policy is an abomination. Supporting the cause of reducing childhood obesity is certainly a reasonable pursuit for FLOTUS and within bounds. Influencing policy and declaring legislation needed to achieve that policy is outside the realm of authority and should be ignored by Congress.

AZfederalist on September 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

* It seems like most of the instances where I find myself standing in line behind someone using food stamps, their cart is filled with potato chips, soda, and cookies. My brother and sister-in-law use them (she is college-educated and employed in a minimum wage job, by choice, and he is on disability because he’s obese and severely diabetic), and they somehow manage to afford beer and food to feed two very large dogs. Go figure.

Sorry, forgot to space enough in between.

College Prof on September 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

OMG. My eyes… My eyes.

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

petefrt on September 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

And I looked at it anyway. You weren’t kidding!

22044 on September 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

hillsoftx on September 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I have suspected for decades that the whole organic food schtick was just another elaborate way to separate the gullible from their money at a faster rate than would be the case otherwise.

Anything that’s labeled “organic” at my grocery is the section I walk past the fastest.

It isn’t with food. It is with control. The obesity shtick is just a tool to get there.

a capella on September 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM

^^^ This is it exactly.

PatriotGal2257 on September 4, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Telling women what they can and can’t put in their bodies?

This will lead to back alley chocolate bars.

forest on September 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I can’t wait for this meddlesome woman to go back to Chicago Hawaii.

Jim Treacher on September 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

It’ll be on your dole too, the mortgage pmt. to be equal to the sec. service, just like the Clintons’ in NY. These are looters and swine of the first rate. Only fools fall for them.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Forgot, so sorry for the clean pigs.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I have been on the Atkins diet for a couple of months. It is working great, I am losing weight quickly and safely, and I buy everything I need for a healthy diet at the grocery store.

The problem with fat America is not what we have to choose from, but that we were told to choose the wrong things. Our first lady is guilty of giving really bad dietary advice. And so she will make it more difficult for me to get healthy meats and fats that make me lose weight.

Wonderful.

Trey

TMink on September 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Influencing policy and declaring legislation needed to achieve that policy is outside the realm of authority and should be ignored by Congress.

AZfederalist on September 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Exactly. First Lady’s are not elected and therefore have no constituency to whom they must answer.

MO is out of bounds.

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“First ladies are supposed to provide leadership on an issue, and childhood obesity is a good one. I believe kids can learn to eat good food if you start denying them sugar, particularly at an early age. Instead, they learn that everything has to be sweet to taste good. And then they’re on their way to a miserable life of fatness.

My problem with her is when she starts spending tons of taxpayer money on her pet project, like this event or the one in recently in London, where she had all kids of celebrities and hundreds of children running around the U.S. ambassador’s residence. Remember, this is all subsidized by the Chinese.

Or when she begins mandating stuff and sponsoring her own legislation, or hosting exercise classes in the East Room.”

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/08/15/michelle-host-kids-state-dinner/

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 2:27 PM

It’s bad enough that some unelected gubmint busybody, under the banner of healthy diets, is meddling in our kitchens, in our children’s school cafeterias and now in our grocery stores.

Never mind that it’s none of her business. Never mind that she has no creds as a dietician, menu planner or anything like that. Or that gubmint has no business here.

Her only qualification for assuming this role is a mind-numbing arrogance.

And as if that’s not offensive enough, add it to that she is herself grossly overweight.

petefrt on September 4, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Actually the Obama’s are well on their way to solving obesity in a generation. After they tank the economy, no one will have any money that amounts to anything and won’t be able to buy food. People will starve, correction, “lose weight” until the point that massive numbers of people will have lost so much weight they’ll disappear and no longer generate carbon dioxide thereby leading to a reduction in global warming. Of course Moochelle will continue to be well fed, she’s entitled.

TulsAmerican on September 4, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Obesity is a serious and far too rampant problem in this country

Yes, it should be reduced until it’s just rampant enough.

Akzed on September 4, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Telling women what they can and can’t put in their bodies?

This will lead to back alley chocolate bars.

forest on September 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

LMAO…now that there is funny! Lefties, they are so hypocritical…they always spout “don’t tell us what we can and can’t do with our bodies” but they want the gubment to provide for us and tell us what we can and can’t eat!

Morons!

Liberty or Death on September 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I’m so glad that she’ll have to continue her campaign in the private sector starting January 20, 2013 when she and her useless other half get evicted from the big white house on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC.

BTW, how much is she overspending on her designer outfit for tonight?

stukinIL4now on September 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Impacting?

Whoa, is that like Bringing a gun to a knife fight? Is it like intimidation? Is it like bullying? Is it like a threat? Will there be a new 2700 page bill in the next term called Obama-mart?

Free people want to know.

Folks, even the Ruskkies didn’t tell their peons what to eat….Just look at Chavez. This lady might just give tyranny a bad name.

Don L on September 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM

She said people shouldn’t go down the candy and soda aisles until last, and maybe then thy would decide they don’t need those things.

What candy or soda manufacturer would give this clown’s campaign a nickle?

Akzed on September 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Want to solve obesity in a generation? Get rid of the USDA’s Food Pyramid. The emphasis on carbohydrates is good for grain farmers, bad for our health. But, of course, politics comes before the nation’s health, so she’ll never “speak truth to power” and propose that.

Socratease on September 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Judging from Moochie’s lower torso, the gigantic bathtub belonging to William Howard Taft could again be seeing use.

kenny on September 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Mr and Mrs. Obama, go to Hawaii and jump in a volcano, please.

Yakko77 on September 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

If we really want to tackle obesity, eliminating the Department of High Fructose Corn Syrup would be a pretty good start.

RINO in Name Only on September 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

behind the statement is a mind that wants to control every aspect of your existence while she gets to travel and live lavishly. all sentient creatures should be able to recognize this and reject her and her kind with vengeance

tom daschle concerned on September 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Supporting the cause of reducing childhood obesity is certainly a reasonable pursuit for FLOTUS and within bounds.

AZfederalist on September 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Her only qualification for assuming this role is a mind-numbing arrogance.

petefrt on September 4, 2012 at 2:28 PM

If she had more humility in advocating for her “cause”, I’d be much happier about it. It IS the arrogance, not to mention as AZfed says, she’s not been elected to anything, and so is usurping power.

Paul-Cincy on September 4, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Let me guess…the shelves will be stocked with nothing but Arugula…
Liberty or Death on September 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Well, we know that there will be no lobster in the stores, in Empress Moochhell’s world, since she eats them like most people eat popcorn.

LegendHasIt on September 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

A turd sandwich on whole wheat is still a turd sandwich.
Go away, Moochelle. We are already laughing at you openly.

Demonized on September 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM

What I most certainly do have a problem with is the federal government using public resources and policy fiat to construct the bike-path-using, salad-eating, quinoa-cookin’ society of their crunchiest daydreams because that’s how they think society should look.

Erika,
Such eloquent word-smithing. I’m swooning.

Tina who?

NOMOBO on September 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Soylent Green on rice cakes, anyone?

franciscodanconia on September 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Socratease on September 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I’ve been reading Gary Taubes’ books and have watched his “Why We Get Fat” series. It’s well worth the time and it changed my outlook on diet, health, metabolism, the whole nine yards.

PatriotGal2257 on September 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Her only qualification for assuming this role is a mind-numbing arrogance.

petefrt on September 4, 2012 at 2:28 PM


Michelle Obama Lectures Gold Medal Gymnast About Eating One Egg McMuffin

Katie Pavlich
News Editor, Townhall

Aug 14, 2012 11:37 AM EST

Gymnast Gabby Douglas, as Jay Leno mentions in the following clip, worked her entire life to become an Olympic gold medalist, but did that stop Michelle Obama from scolding Douglas on national television for eating an Egg McMuffin to celebrate? (hint: no)

Paul-Cincy on September 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

http://lh4.ggpht.com/-rDMJRMZlafU/UDZSmwtiwAI/AAAAAAAAl8g/e3m8TG2ml0E/Michelle-Obama-expensive-outfit_thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

You are evil to the core for making us look at that. How do you live with yourself? I should make you help me clean up my vomit.

NOMOBO on September 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Not to mention re: Gary Taubes’ books and videos, the [yet another!] incestuous relationship between government, agribusiness, lobbyists, certain scientists and their “non-profit” foundations and the diet, drug and medical industry.

I predict that just as happened with AGW, this particular house of cards is going to crash even more dramatically.

I can’t wait.

PatriotGal2257 on September 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

May 19th, 2008:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

TFGRP has big plans for us if he’s reelected, BIG plans.

Bishop on September 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I wish someone would clue in this a$$h*le and his minions that if I want to go to work and come home in an SUV loaded with cr*p food and then crank the heat to 90 and ***I CAN PAY FOR THIS MYSELF*** then pee off.

kim roy on September 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

What she’ll actually do, if the are re-elected, is bring about real starvation in America.

I can see it as plain as day. Many grocery stores will be forced to re-locate or close. People will be forced to buy local.. whether there is sufficient quantity or not. Farmer’s markets will be put out of business. Farmers Markets? Sure. How do I know this. Because Michelle wants fresh fruits and vegetables sold in places no farmers markets will want to go. So.. if they don’t go they will be punished. It won’t be worth it so they will close.

It’s the nature of abusive government.

JellyToast on September 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Michelle Obama Lectures Gold Medal Gymnast About Eating One Egg McMuffin

Paul-Cincy on September 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I know, that was one of her more revolting moments. Lecturing this trim, fit, attractive young gold medalist on her eating an Egg McMuffin? I mean, really. Does it get any crasser, any stupider, any more ignorant, any more revolting than this?

I felt sorry for Gabby having to endure it.

I really hate it when anyone in gubmint presumes to run my life or protect me from myself. But when an unelected fat busybody presumes to intrude herself, to lecture me on what to eat to stay fit, there’s no response more appropriate than STFU.

petefrt on September 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Is the first lady grabbing a “government’s fair share” plant from the girl?

Seems appropriate. “You didn’t plant that!”

tomg51 on September 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Mmmmmm…ALPO.

SouthernGent on September 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I can’t wait for this meddlesome woman to go back to Chicago.

Jim Treacher on September 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

They’re not going back to Chicago. Too cold for our little hot-house flower Barry.

They’re reportedly planning on retiring to a $35 million dollar ocean-front manse in Oahu, financed in part with Pritzer (Hyatt hotel heir) money.

You didn’t really think that “little” house in Hyde Park would do as a post-presidency base of operations for Mr. Citizen of the World, did you? It’s nowhere near grand enough for His and Her Highness.

AZCoyote on September 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

You are evil to the core for making us look at that. How do you live with yourself? I should make you help me clean up my vomit.

NOMOBO on September 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM

That was from some kiddie award show (MTV or some such). I remember seeing that photo of her the day after and wondering why an over-50 mother of two teenagers would think it appropriate to wear an outfit that tight in front of an audience of teenagers.

The woman has issues.

AZCoyote on September 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

AZCoyote on September 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Hawaii is too close. Indonesia would be better.

petefrt on September 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I can’t wait for this meddlesome woman to go back to Chicago.

Jim Treacher on September 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

They’re not going back to Chicago. Too cold for our little hot-house flower Barry.

They’re reportedly planning on retiring to a $35 million dollar ocean-front manse in Oahu, financed in part with Pritzer (Hyatt hotel heir) money.

You didn’t really think that “little” house in Hyde Park would do as a post-presidency base of operations for Mr. Citizen of the World, did you? It’s nowhere near grand enough for His and Her Highness.

AZCoyote on September 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

If it is for January 2013, then I can safely say for all of us we don’t care where they go as long as it is not the White House.

It’s even off the continent. I don’t see a lose here. ;)

Let the grifters continue to feed off the stupid if that’s how the stupid want to spend their money. At least they’ll have their grubby fingers off the taxpayer’s and that’s all that matters.

kim roy on September 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Ya that’s just what we need, dietary advice from a fat chick.

We’ll all have to go on a soybean and broccoli diet, so to be sure that all the good food will be plentiful for Michelle and her well fed posse.

Control the food and transportation resources and you control the masses, as long as they are unarmed. Which brings us to the matter of getting our guns and ammo to complete the picture.

hawkeye54 on September 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Queen Lardassia the Angry

justltl on September 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM

http://lh4.ggpht.com/-rDMJRMZlafU/UDZSmwtiwAI/AAAAAAAAl8g/e3m8TG2ml0E/Michelle-Obama-expensive-outfit_thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Can you believe Mooch wore that outfit to the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards show? What an embarrassment she is!

GrannySunni on September 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

She doesn’t have to be the “Sitting First Lady” to impact the nature of food in grocery stores (unfortunately).

listens2glenn on September 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky: It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.”

- Mark Twain

“Very little good has ever been done by the absolute shall.”

- Anonymous American clergyman, 19th century

Resist We Much on September 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I find this whole discussion RACIST! Food>farm>plantation>slavery>RACISM!!

TarheelBen on September 4, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Welcome to the Dark Side, our door is always open.

Bishop on September 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

OK Bishop, if you’re still on this thread: I’m not a Gun Guy, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

You’re out in Bachmann Territory. I’m in the Blue City.

I defer to your Superior Knowledge of Weaponry for advice.

Bruno Strozek on September 4, 2012 at 3:53 PM

One more thing, Mrs. Obama.

We can’t help noticing your enormous hiney.

Never mind what Barack said. You DID build that.

Just not from arugula.

Demonized on September 4, 2012 at 4:22 PM

What do Republicans have against the government trying to tell people how to live their personal lives?

You’ve been doing it yourself forever with your prohibitionist laws against prostitution and drug use.

Totally NOT okay – bans on the second amendment.

Totally OKAY – forcing a woman to have a vaginal sonogram before having a legal procedure performed. Like the woman is some kind of simpleton and you need to “save” her or something.

How arrogant is that?

And YOU are surprised when others try to use that sw0rd – a sw0rd YOU helped to forge – against you?

You so silly! :P

HondaV65 on September 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

What do Republicans have against the government trying to tell people how to live their personal lives?

You’ve been doing it yourself forever with your prohibitionist laws against prostitution and drug use.

You so silly! :P

HondaV65 on September 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Why is Michelle Obama ignoring what the food stamps and the EBT cards are being used to purchase?

The Boston Herald has been covering the case for more than a year now, of fraudulent purchases and Michelle’s friend Duval Patrick has been on the wrong side all along. He must know they are buying MA state lottery tickets with the money.

And recently the pie lady said she did not feel good about selling poor people with EBT cards an expensive gourmet pie, and she was scolded by the liberals here, that she was in the farmer’s market and she had to take those cards.

I think that Mrs. Obama really doesn’t want ANYONE to have a pie, let alone, poor people in the food desert, but she was mum when she could have defended this nice lady.

Fleuries on September 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Totally NOT okay – bans on the second amendment.

Totally OKAY – forcing a woman to have a vaginal sonogram before having a legal procedure performed. Like the woman is some kind of simpleton and you need to “save” her or something.

How arrogant is that?

And YOU are surprised when others try to use that sw0rd – a sw0rd YOU helped to forge – against you?

You so silly! :P

HondaV65 on September 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

What are you talking about? Why should the Second Ammendment be tinkered with? And if you don’t understand the shoe sonogram deal, think abortion equals murder. then you might get it. Maybe….

chai on September 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Well, we know that there will be no lobster in the stores, in Empress Moochhell’s world, since she eats them like most people eat popcorn.

LegendHasIt on September 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Correct, just like Obamacare the elite left will exempt themselves from complying with any dietary or health care requirements…after all…we are the peasants, they are our sovereigns and only they know what is good for us!

Moochell and Obama: The people are revolting, they stink on ice!

Liberty or Death on September 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Fleuries on September 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Indeed Moochelle does not want us to eat pie.
She would “Let them eat cake”.

Buttercup on September 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Asked by Parade magazine, “What do you hope to accomplish in your second term?”

So, when exactly did Moochele get elected to her ‘first term’?

chewmeister on September 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Just like her affirmative-action-nitwit husband, Emperor O’Baaahma, FLOTUS has benefited from an irrational level of graciousness from the American public.

News flash, girls: she’s a nitwit, too.

Jaibones on September 4, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Shut up and go away Moochell! My disabled child absolutely hates you because you interrupt her kids shows with your preaching.

sherrimae on September 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

The USDA is run by the meat and dairy industry. Anyone who actually eats the diet the USDA says they should eat is setting themselves up for a life of illness.

CoffeeMan on September 5, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Just what does the “nature” of food mean and how will she change that?

Herb on September 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

not goodie – Goofy

Wade on September 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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