Oh no. Michelle just wants to make you healthier. But it appears she may want to kill you in order to do it.
Governors Highway Safety Administration spokesman Jonathan Adkins, who I assume will be looking for a new job, says pedestrian deaths rose in the first half of 2010, and Mrs. Obama might be to blame, according to a report by WMAL in Washington DC.
The First Lady is “trying to get us to walk to work and exercise a little bit more. While that’s good, it also increases our exposure to risk,” he said.
I’ve heard spokespeople say a lot of stupid things, but this is probably the most stupid.
I really like Michelle’s leadership in getting America’s Doritos-bloated kids to shape up. I hope none of them end up ambling in front of moving vehicles. But they do need to back away from their PlayStations and get outside.
What concerns me is when a First Lady’s traditional mission to try to improve the culture turns into a Congress-funded federal initiative.
And now, a further concern is that she will use her clout to beat private companies over the head.
According to the White House Mrs. Obama has begun a “collaboration with WalMart in support of the Let’s Move! campaign.”
From the White House:
The initiative proposes a number of changes by Walmart to offer more nutritious food products, lower the cost of healthy foods, and provide consumers with better information about healthy food options. These changes are the types of improvements critical to achieving the primary goal of Let’s Move! – solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.
“We have enormous respect and admiration for the First Lady’s leadership on this important issue. She was a catalyst that helped make today’s announcement a reality and her spirit of collaboration made our commitment to bring better nutrition to kitchen tables across this country even stronger,” said Leslie Dach, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, WalMart.
So, I ask you, what happens when Mrs. Obama approaches McDonald’s and says, “how would you like to collaborate with me on providing healthy food?”
Now, McDonald’s has some good-for-you alternatives on its menu. But its core mission, its business plan, is to sell lots of fat and salt-laden crap to people for them to eat.
And it makes a profit because people really like that stuff. Some balance it with better meals elsewhere, some don’t. But they get in line at McDonald’s to chow on really tasty junk.
But how do you say “no” to the First Lady, who works out of the East Wing, when you know regulations that can kill your business are written in the West Wing.
And, just a friendly reminder, WalMart. This better not be some PR stunt. Mrs. Obama is watching, as the White House gently warns.
Partnership for a Healthier America will be working with Walmart to evaluate and monitor their progress with these efforts.
Partnership for a Healthier America is a nonprofit set up to promote “Let’s Move!” Mrs. Obama is its Honorary Chair.