Everyone hates Michelle Obama’s school lunches because Republicans

posted at 10:11 pm on May 27, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

There’s a hashtag filled with colorful commentary and color pictures of the devastation Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch initiative has wrought on the plastic platters of America’s school children.

There’s a GAO report showing participation in the school lunch program down more than 1 million students— the first such decline in years— while costs are up and the actual nutritional value of these allegedly improved meals remains in question. But none of this requires reevaluation.

The real problem with Michelle Obama’s crusade and a top-down, inflexible federal mandate for students of varying sizes and tastes is that Republicans are pointing out that it’s not as great as the First Lady claims:

If Michelle Obama had it her way, House Republicans would currently be in detention.

In one of the most overtly political speeches during her tenure as First Lady, Obama slammed Republicans on Tuesday for trying to weaken school nutritional standards, one of her key policy achievements.

“This is unacceptable,” Obama said at a White House meeting with school leaders and experts. “It’s unacceptable to me not just as First Lady but also as a mother.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher on this issue,” she said, pointing to obesity statistics in both children and adults. “The last thing we can afford to so right now is play politics with our kids health.”

I, unlike many others, don’t have a huge problem with the First Lady pushing for healthier eating. It’s a fine message, we do have a childhood obesity problem, and I’d rather meddlesome liberals be in the business of encouraging such things socially than mandating them. But this school lunch overhaul seems to be a perfect example of how a basically unobjectionable encouragement to eat healthier can become a disaster when the government attempts to implement it in a one-size-fits-all program.

By what measure is this program a “policy achievement?” Did the First Lady envision fewer students on the school lunch she wanted retooled to micromanage their health? Surely not. Did she want large numbers of students boycotting school lunch? Although it’s a decent lesson in activism, that probably wasn’t the goal. Did she want districts taking money from teaching budgets to pay higher prices for lunches that were being thrown away? I’m guessing no. Are bland, carb-filled substitutes for fatty offerings making anyone healthier? But admitting that tweaks in the program could allow districts more flexibility and possibly more success, even success as Michelle Obama defines it, would mean a minor political concession to Republicans. Better to pretend your “policy achievement” is going swimmingly and attack anyone who might want to change anything about the program the GAO found “challenging” and in need of “clarification.”

The Heritage Foundation explains the move Republicans are trying to make, which regrettably doesn’t change the underlying nutrition requirements (even the forthcoming anti-science War on Salt):

There’s a provision in the House agriculture appropriations bill that would grant waivers to school food authorities who are suffering financial losses due to operating food service programs. The waivers would give those SFAs an exemption from complying with the requirements for the 2014-15 school year. This might help some schools temporarily, including those who have reportedly taken money out of their teaching budgets to cover the additional program costs.

The Obamas’ personal chef has something to say about it, too:

Sam Kass, who is the administration’s Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, framed this minor reprieve for some schools as an absolute catastrophe. According to Obama Foodorama, a blog covering White House food policy, “’What the House Republicans have proposed will be absolutely devastating,’ Kass said, and painted a grim picture of the junk food free-for-all that could go on, saying schools will be filled with ‘chips and candy bars, and all kinds of unhealthy foods.’”

You’ll eat your flaccid, watery broccoli and cold chicken cutlets and you’ll like it, hoi polloi!

Update: Perhaps they’re stealing from the civics budget for these lunches.

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State dinner menu, 3/18/10

White House Arugula w/ Onion Seed Vinaigrette
2008 Savingnon Blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa Valley

Red Lentil Soup w Fresh Cheese
2006 Riesling, Brooks “Ara”, Wilamette Valley
Roast Potato Dumplings w Tomato Chutney
Chick Peas and Okra or Green Curry Prawns w caramelized Salsify w smoke Collard Greens and coconut aged basmati
2007 Granache Beckman Vineyards, Santa Ynez, CA

Pumpkin pie tart
Pear tatin
Whipped Cream and Caramel sauce
Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, VA

Petits fours and Coffee
Cashew Brittle
Pecan Pralines
Passion fruit and vanilla gelees
Chocolate dipped fruit

But high school kids? Don’t let ‘em eat cake.

Tyrone Slothrop on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Would someone please clarify something for me…

ARE THE KIDS OBESE OR HUNGRY?

strickler on May 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

After all the comments about Michelle Obama’s looks, this is the hread winner!

An obese child already eats too much, and does not need the government to buy his/her lunch.

Steve Z on May 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I’m now thankful for the childhood I had.

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Would someone please clarify something for me…

ARE THE KIDS OBESE OR HUNGRY?

strickler on May 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I think she intends to redistribute the food from the obese ones to the hungry ones, or something.

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Meanwhile Sasha and Malia graze on meatball hoagies, Philly Cheesesteaks and ice cream and Sidwell.

OxyCon on May 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Everybody does love Beyonce’s A$$ though. She is the global unifier in posterior desirability. Even the gays love dat a$$. Lol

coolrepublica on May 27, 2014 at 11:23 PM

You’d probably know better than most what “the gays” love, but while Beyonce’ has a pretty face, from the neck down she’s below average: Flat chested, with a wide rear and thick legs.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM

The one thing that I do like about Mooch is

MisterElephant on May 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Quite frankly, if enough public school parents took a look at the menu for Sidwell Friends, and compared it to the starvation rations their own kids were getting, they’d be storming the Agriculture Department with pitchforks and torches.

But no, that would require civic engagement, and actual effort, which seems to be a bit much to ask of too many Americans these days.

Archangel Nation on May 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM

No one elected bulldog to anything. She has no business nor does anyone who has been voted to office to tell us how to feed our family. PERIOD!

Wade on May 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

There is a lot of obesity in children and adults. However, I don’t need some hack’s wife telling me or anyone what meal I should be eating.

woodhull on May 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM

No one asked you to control our kids’ and grandkids’ lunches, Mooch. Shuddup and back off.

kingsjester on May 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Mooch’s crap lunches are toughest for active students (athletes and cheerleaders who have practices after school and don’t get home until after 6PM.

bw222 on May 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

You’d probably know better than most what “the gays” love, but while Beyonce’ has a pretty face, from the neck down she’s below average: Flat chested, with a wide rear and thick legs.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I just couln’t resist your post. It’s like coolrepublica click bait. lol

A lot of white men’s fantasy of the perfect woman with the best body is a

Blonde chick
tiny head
Big breast
tiny hips
flat a$$
Long, skiny legs

AZCoyote let me present to you your dream woman.
Have fun with her in her doll house.

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 5:27 AM

this is some amazing time traveling abilities I got here. I don’t know how I pull this off, but i like it. lol

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Know what Michelle’s daughters are eating for lunch at the Sidwell school? Not this garbage. My goodness, where would the Libs be without hypocrisy?

RonRon on May 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Ain’t seen nuttin’, yet.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I feel a little sorry for coolrepublica. She isn’t good at what she tries to do.

butch on May 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

I feel a little sorry for coolrepublica. She isn’t good at what she tries to do.

butch on May 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Speak for yourself. I can tell you that what I am trying to do is chill. And I am chilling just fine thank you. lol

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I’m probably wrong because generalizations, generally, are wrong, but it seems awfully common to see a porker child with porker parents. Is ME-Shell so sure that the nation’s schools are the culprits, trying to kill their students with chips and candy if the feds don’t make them stop?

It seems that she needs to mandate healthy food in every home, at every meal. Then we can establish the Food Police to make snap inspection visits. And the Food Police can buy up another billion rounds of hollow-point ammo because you never know what’s going to happen when you try to take away a family’s Twinkies.

IndieDogg on May 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

If you are in high school sports, you eat like a horse.

John the Libertarian on May 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

No one elected bulldog to anything. She has no business nor does anyone who has been voted to office to tell us how to feed our family. PERIOD!

Wade on May 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Aww your ‘bagger outrage is cute.

What do you think Obamacare is really about? It’s THEIR bizness now you know, what you eat, watch on tv, who you talk to, where you go, what kind of seks you like, what you search on the interwebs, etc etc etc. All your life are belong to them.

Harbingeing on May 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM

A lot of white men’s fantasy of the perfect woman with the best body is a

Blonde chick
tiny head
Big breast
tiny hips
flat a$$
Long, skiny legs

AZCoyote let me present to you your dream woman.
Have fun with her in her doll house.

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Not being a white man, I can’t speak to what most of them desire in a woman. But speaking for myself, I don’t find wide hips, fat asses, heavy thighs, and thick calves attractive on any woman.

But if you do, have at it. To each his — or her — own.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

But if you do, have at it. To each his — or her — own.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Please, please, make my dream come true and tell me you are a brother. Pleazzzzze!

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

But no, that would require civic engagement, and actual effort, which seems to be a bit much to ask of too many Americans these days.

“Hey, that’s got nothin’ to do with me, bro. Let the government handle it.”

ricoliv on May 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Not being a white man, I can’t speak to what most of them desire in a woman. But speaking for myself, I don’t find wide hips, fat asses, heavy thighs, and thick calves attractive on any woman.

But if you do, have at it. To each his — or her — own.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Don’t forget bowed legs, (ahem) toned arms, and Amazonian (or Chewbaccan) proportions. The biological imperative looks for symmetry, proportion, physique, and endowment. It doesn’t hurt to have a sincere and amicable disposition.

freedomfirst on May 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 5:27 AM

One of the stupidist posts I’ve read on this site in the past month. Some people just don’t know when to stop.

MisterElephant on May 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

King Michelle & Queen Barry are corrupt, vile, lawless fascist dictators who care nothing for America or its people save how to exploit them (typical for what is still the party of slavery) as ever it has been for these depraved commie thugs.

russedav on May 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Michelle thinks that kids just are not eating the health “adult” food because they just have not had the opportunity to eat it. If it is the only thing on their plate, and they get hungry enough they will eat it and they will like it, because that is all they are going to get. I am surprised we all have not been ordered to grow our own gardens. Of course we all may have to do that to survive once they get done.

When I was in elementary school there were not a lot of obese kids, or even overly chunky. There were candy bars, cokes, cereals with sugar on them, but none of that was a serious problem. When lunch time came in school, we all line up, went through the lunch line and the lunch ladies handed us a tray that was already prepared with a balanced meal, created with things that kids probably would get at home. There was almost always something that any kid would eat on the tray, if not all of it. The spinach was usually the only thing that saw a high return rate. We had real milk too, the kind that had the things a growing kid needed in it, not the 2% drink they call milk today.

The other side to that coin, the playground, has also been taken away. If you have noticed they have these central fort type things with low slow plastic slides, and low effort climbing nets and boards, along with those wiggly walk ways. Gone are the tall metal slides. Much to fast and too high for liberals views. Gone are the tall swings that encouraged kids to put the effort into going higher. Gone are the merry go rounds that required a lot of run and push to get them moving, gone are the jungle gyms that we climbed on, gone are the chin up and parallel bars. All of these required us to burn off energy and build muscle. They are gone because a kid “might” get hurt. If you ever had the chance, as an adult, to watch kids play on the play ground, you would be amazed at how resilient kids are. I have watched them run flat into each other, bounce back, get up and never even look back at who they ran into.

But there is the real reason for Michelle lunches. Should I use the word “indoctrination”. It is just one part of the whole effort to create a citizenry that will support their goals and vision of a socialist society where all citizens think alike and trust in their leaders to know what is best. Obease kids are a problem, as they become obese adults and in a socialist one payer medical system, that cannot be afforded. The funny part is that in Great Britain, where they have the society that Michelle and her clueless pretender want, obesity is a major problem.

As a teacher of elementary, middle and secondary grades over my career, and a student of many different elementary schools as we moved around, I see the old way, the old teaching methods, the old system as a whole, was a better, healthier, and more productive and successful system that we have now. What is the one big main difference? None of the old ways had the federal government involved in their programs and instructions. Local boards and parents determined what was best for their children and what was best for the kids was what they also found at home. Today’s classroom and schools have virtually no reflection of home in them. And sadly, the teachers are not allowed to teach, only to follow the script and know that their end of the year evaluation on how good a teacher they are will be based on how many of the lowest of their students do on the federally mandated exam. Of course the higher level students will do well enough on their own, they will get it, and all teachers know that.

Franklyn on May 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

One of the stupidist posts I’ve read on this site in the past month. Some people just don’t know when to stop.

MisterElephant on May 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

I agree with you. She appears to be a woman-child from everything I’ve read from her of late. Harmless though.

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

One of the stupidist posts I’ve read on this site in the past month. Some people just don’t know when to stop.

MisterElephant on May 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Nice to meet you misterelephant. My name is CoolRepublica the energizer bunny.

So I am guessing you are taking issue with my assessment that many white men’s ideal woman is a chick with big breast, tiny hips and long legs. Blond chicks are also preferable.

I am sorry you find my assessment of what some white men find attractive stupid.

I will make sure to give
Bar Refaeli

Kate Upton

The message. Along with the countless of other big boob, tiny waist, long legs, no butt chicks that men(w) survey after survey have said is their ideal women.

Toodle-loo.

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

…what a maroon!

freedomfirst on May 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Is that you Brittney Cooper?

Judge_Dredd on May 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

F*cking idiot. Post after f*ckwitted post.

Midas on May 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Under siege. The rest are all squirrels.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

I’ll take “the liberal ends justify the means for $2000 Alex”

Odie1941 on May 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

#BringBackOurLunch

LetsBfrank on May 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Tyrone Slothrop on May 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

OK That’s a state dinner, meaning they were entertaining a foreign dignitary. But I’m sure the Obama girls eat very well at Sidwell.

ezspirit on May 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Everybody does love Beyonce’s A$$ though. She is the global unifier in posterior desirability. Even the gays love dat a$$. Lol

coolrepublica on May 27, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Gays don’t like a woman’s “a$$”, moron. Her popularity with a certain segment of the gay population has nothing to do with her rear end.

DisneyFan on May 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

My First Lady Ate Your Honor Student

Christien on May 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Here’s their lunch menu for today:

Snack: Locally Baked Muffins

Mixed Greens with Avocado & Grapefruit Salad
Housemade Chicken Fingers
Breaded Eggplant w/ Marinara
Steamed Fresh Vegetables
Organic Sweet Potato Fries
Nectarines

https://www.sidwell.edu/mobile/index.aspx?v=c&mid=375&t=Lunch%20Menus

dentarthurdent on May 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

My mama was the same as you, lynn.

Soda and junk food were *treats* not a daily option.
IMO, it is the parents, as well-coupled with lack of exercise/activity.

bazil9 on May 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM

When kids are young, all good Mama’s figure out how to tap into their inner badass. :-D

lynncgb on May 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

The message. Along with the countless of other big boob, tiny waist, long legs, no butt chicks that men(w) survey after survey have said is their ideal women.

Toodle-loo.

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I’m very much a white dude, and I’ll take a woman who looks like this over a empty headed bleach blonde with silicon parts any day:

Natalie Portman

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

So shallow a comment , you couldn’t even bury anyone in it.

Bmore on May 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

As the kids say, SYSCO SUCKS!

Christien on May 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Haven’t read the whole comment area yet but regarding MO I assume everyone has seen (or would enjoy) http://www.michellesmirror.com/

ahander on May 28, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Dennis Miller *cough* irrelevant *cough*

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

wrong thread. lol

coolrepublica on May 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I don’t know why this is even an issue unless students aren’t allowed to bring their own lunches. People are complaining about a 10 cent increase? It’s not the government’s job to feed you, let alone absorb all price increases forever. For a kid who’s genuinely hungry, that slice of pizza and milk will go a long way. For the others, it sounds like entitlement at work.

Conservatives really should pick their battles. This is one where we don’t gain anything by criticizing.

evergreen on May 28, 2014 at 9:42 PM

I can’t keep up with liberals. One day they’re telling us that kids are starving, and the next, the problem is obesity. And lost in all of this is the concept that it’s not the federal government’s JOB to provide a lunch program. This is why liberals are winning. Republicans quit fighting for principle, years ago, and now they just quibble over the details. Is there ONE Republican out there willing to say that if a lunch program is to be provided, then let the school districts or the states do it, and NOT the feds? Hardly. I don’t care what the menu is, there shouldn’t be a federal program at ALL.

NevadaD on May 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Why did Schadenfreude page flip move? Normally I might think it was the update, but the update was there previous to Schadenfreudes page flip.

Bmore on May 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

I don’t care what the menu is, there shouldn’t be a federal program at ALL.

NevadaD on May 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Hear, hear.

evergreen on May 30, 2014 at 8:22 AM

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