First Lady Michelle Obama Sunday night stuffed about 2,200 calories worth of dinner into the nation’s governors, hosting a White House bash that pulled few punches on the fattening front despite her profile as the leader of a national crusade to trim the waistlines of the country’s youth.
President Obama is meeting with governors from both Parties at the White House today. Sunday night’s dinner was a kind of welcoming gala. It provided enough calories for an entire day’s worth of eating.
What’s worse, several governors clearly are not malnourished and might have done well without dinner altogether.
The meal follows a recent State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao which probably forced him to put away about 2,900 calories. And a Super Bowl party where guests had access to eats totaling 3,600 calories.
Mrs. Obama is leading the “Let’s Move” campaign – which might also be known as the “Do as I say and Not as I Do” campaign – to reduce childhood obesity.
The first lady has not been shy about demonstrating her contention that healthy eating needs to balanced by some old fashioned cheating. She was seen just last weekend in Colorado chowing on a buffalo rib and has been photographed savoring cones and sundaes at ice cream ice cream shops from Panama City, Fla. to Marbella, Spain.
Sunday, she served the governors beef instead of chicken, threw in some fattening plaintain chips even though she already had a side of black beans and rice for them, added an unnecessary dollop of honey to the tropical fruit dish, and dropped the coconut sorbet – otherwise not a bad dessert choice – into a “chocolate shell.”
Actually, HOW ABOUT NOT SERVING DESSERT AT ALL.
Of course these items generally aren’t on the new school lunch menu Mrs. Obama has crafted, which includes delicacies like steamed broccoli, cauliflower, cooked green beans, and oven baked fish nuggets.
Here’s a rundown of the governors’ menu and my CONSERVATIVE estimations of the calories consumed.
- Salad of roasted pears with homemade ricotta, walnut crisps, with White House Kitchen Garden greens – 200 calories
- bread and butter – 150 calories
- Local black angus beef with blue crab – 550 calories
- assuming an eight ounce NY Strip steak and crab meat without any kind of fattening sauce.
- Plantain chips – 200 calories
- Black beans and rice – 300 calories
- Two glasses of wine – 200 calories
- Coconut Sorbet in a chocolate shell – 400 calories;
served with poached tropical fruits made with White House Honey – 200 calories
Total: 2,200 calories