Two recent high profile meals at the White House together totalled a whopping 6,500 calories, calling into question whether Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign refers principally to movement around a buffet table.
The January 19 State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao, with its artery clogging list of delicacies, may have been interpreted in Beijing as a message that the Obamas want Hu to drop dead and be succeeded by younger leadership.
The meal clocked in at nearly 3,000 calories. Hu Jintao, who stands 5′ 8″ tall, needs about 2,200 calories FOR THE WHOLE DAY. Forcing Hu to exceed his daily calorie limit by some 40 percent in a single meal – how could he refuse servings without creating and international incident? – is A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION.
Even worse was the Super Bowl fat and sodium festival, where guests – including many members of Congress from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the home states of the Packers and the Steelers – and Jennifer Lopez had the opportunity to sock away 3,600 calories.
J-Lo’s famous buttocks is held to be perfect for being just on the cusp of becoming overly voluptuous. It’s possible Mrs. Obama changed all that last Sunday.
The first lady defended her gut gorging Super Bowl menu, arguing that her guidelines allow for a splurge.
But this smorgasbord and the State Dinner, as possibly the most written about meals that will be served anywhere in the United States this year, were her chance to make a statement. The statement should have been about the healthy eating part of her message, not the splurge part.
Here is the calorie scorecard for the two meals:
China Regime Change State Dinner Menu
D’Anjou Pear with Farmstead Goat Cheese Fennel, Black Walnuts, and White Balsamic: 400 calories;
Poached Maine Lobster: 200 calories
Orange Glaze Carrots and Black Trumpet Mushrooms: 100 calories
Wine: DuMol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008 (California): 100 calories
Palate Cleanser: Lemon Sorbet: 100 calories
Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions: 300 calories + 300 calories = 600 calories
Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach: 300 calories +300 calories = 600 calories
Wine: Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005 (Washington State): 100 calories
Old Fashioned Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream: 600 calories
Wine: Poet’s Leap Riesling “Botrytis” 2008 (Washington State): 100 calories
Total calorie count: 2,900 calories
Mrs. Obama’s Super Bowl Calorie Countdown
Deep Dish Pizza
German Potato Salad
Twice Baked Potatoes
Snyders Potato Chips and Pretzels
Chips and Dips
Yuengling Lager and Light
Hinterland Pale Ale and Amber Ale
White House Honey Ale
I think in this case it’s fair to choose the worst case scenario for the main course, the deep dish pizza, since a guest could have easily blundered into this option. For the pizza calories, I’ve consulted the statistics for the Uno’s individual-size sausage pizza.
Deep Dish Pizza: 2,300 calories. And BTW, it also has 4,650 grams sodium and 165 grams fat, a third of it saturated.
German potato salad: 300 calories
Four buffalo wing pieces (delicious after all that heavy cheese and sausage): 300
Ice cream: 400 calories
Two beers: 300 calories
Total: 3,600 calories