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Michelle Tweets Cabbage to Show Support for Let’s Move

by Keith Koffler on January 31, 2013, 10:05 am

First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted a photo of some cabbage and broccoli and a link to a recipe on the Let’s Move website to demonstrate that she still maintains an interest in her kids health initiative.

The tweet came just hours after an article was posted in White House Dossier Tuesday noting that Michelle appeared to have abandoned her Let’s Move program.

Michelle hadn’t done anything public related to the program in nearly five months, since welcoming kids back to school in early September with news of the healthy new lunches they’d be getting from the cafeteria. But amid reports kids were going hungry because the meals lacked calories or tasted bad, Michelle suddenly stopped promoting Let’s Move.

The decision seemed tied to politics. President Obama had been campaigning heavily at high schools where students were forced to eat from Michelle’s menu, and the program was proving a ripe target for Republicans.

The White House Dossier piece appeared at 10:21 am ET. At 5:16 PM, @FLOTUS – the acronym for First Lady of the United States – tweeted this:

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 9.29.02 AM Heres the photo of the “harvest:”

Michelle cabbage

The recipe mentioned in the tweet is an August 17, 2012 post on the Let’s Move website that tells you how to make “Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes.”

The tweet is a sign that Mrs. Obama may return to her Let’s Move program now that the political heat is off. Or not. The third anniversary of Let’s Move is February 9, and if she fails to mark the occasion, you can be pretty sure the program is coming to an end.

H/T to The Daily Mail.

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csinnm January 31, 2013 at 10:22 am

I know next to nothing about gardening – is a harvest like this even possible at the end of January, in DC?

William January 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

Yes. It’s all winter vegetables which means it is possible. However, I’m willing to bet there’s a bunch of Miracle Gro in there and that stuff is terrible for your vegetables’ nutrient content.

Molly January 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

They really can’t handle the kind of deep freeze we just had in DC. I’m calling bs on this “harvest”.

William January 31, 2013 at 10:58 am

We’ve had crops survive hard freezes. You just need to remember to cover them at dusk. Moving quilts are ideal for it.

Susan January 31, 2013 at 10:46 am

We have broccoli plants that has survived a couple of freezes so far and tomatoes growing in our green house. Didn’t know Miracle Gro robbed nutrients. What, if anything, do you use to fertilize your crops, William?

Molly January 31, 2013 at 10:49 am

They will survive light freezes, but not the extreme cold we just experienced.

William January 31, 2013 at 10:57 am

We use a mixture of composted plants and rabbit droppings (bunny berries, as the wife likes to call them). I’ve heard reports of the MG robbing nutrients before, but to be honest, I don’t know if there are any scientific studies to confirm it.

JBH January 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm

The issue with Miracle Grow is it produces fast growth and the nutrients don’t keep pace. So I’ve been told.

Pam Hickey February 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I use Comfrey tea for my tomatoes. I grow the Comfrey, chop it and pour rain water over it, cover and steep for a couple of weeks. Its high in everything your tomatoes need, especially calcium. Compost and aged manure on everything else.

RickW January 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

I don’t think they use Miracle Gro, William. With all the b/s around 1600 Penn. Ave, they can go “natural”

Star January 31, 2013 at 11:35 am

I thought her whole “garden” was in a place that had received too much lawn fertilizer and was not healthful.

AFVet January 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm

BO poop.

DeniseVB January 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

It’s possible in their planting zone to have winter veggies. Especially that the WH garden probably has optimal growing conditions and management.

Julie Brueckheimer January 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

The grass looks too green. Maybe it’s a file photo.

DeniseVB January 31, 2013 at 11:36 am

Probably a file photo, but the tweet makes you think it was taken on the day of the harvest ? I know, I’m so picky but I am a HIGH information voter, and I question authority too :D

Julie Brueckheimer January 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Or the WH lawn is astroturf.

pianogirl88 January 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I haven’t seen any grass around here that looks that good this time of year. And while the broccoli might be “current”, I can’t imagine lettuce would survive the cold nights we’ve had for much of Dec. & Jan. I think RickW probably has guessed what makes this garden grow much of the time.

qestout January 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

And the grass is still green. Maybe I’m jealous because everywhere I look here is white.

Star January 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm

There is a funeral home in DC that paints the grass in front green–housepaint–in winter. I wonder if they still do. I guess dead grass is depressing.

DeniseVB January 31, 2013 at 10:25 am

Those are beautifully photographed and perfect vegetables, almost like they didn’t come out of the garden? Then again when you have professional horticulturists tending garden for you ……. :D

Otis Driftwood January 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

they do, thanks to the National Park Service ;-)

cincycinco January 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm

“horticulturists”? “You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.” – Dorothy Parker

Sorry, doesn’t have anything to do with anything, I just like to have pun sometimes…

Lizzy January 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Can’t go wrong with Dorothy Parker.

William January 31, 2013 at 10:26 am

That’s it? A sloppy joe recepie where you mix some vegetables into the meat? My wife’s huevos rancheros venison burger blows that out of the water.

Keith Koffler January 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

Now that sounds tasty, William.

srdem65 January 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

Touched a nerve there, did you? They’re probably removing one of the wheels from the bottom of your desk chair in the WH basement.

Americans do NOT put cabbage on their sloppy joe sammies. $5 says MrsO does NOT put cabbage on her sloppy joe sammies, also $10 says MrsO does NOT put cabbage on her dinner plate.

The only time cabbage is acceptable on a sammie, is when it is cole slaw piled on a Pittsburgh-style hero sammie.

DeniseVB January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

…..or a yummy slaw on hot dogs and pulled pork bar-b-q sandwiches !

Lizzy January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

That recipe reeks of Rahael Ray who’s never met a food item that can be turned into a sloppy joe or ‘Sammie’. She’s about as phony as her idol Earth Mother Michelle. Still think its Whole Foods.

Susan January 31, 2013 at 11:20 am

Agree, srdem. Cabbage rolls and cole slaw is the only way I’ll eat cabbage. A friend of ours makes kimchi with cabbage. Never tried it myself. Won’t eat anything you have to bury in the ground for a few weeks and the smell will knock your socks off.

Julie Brueckheimer January 31, 2013 at 11:25 am

Or some kind of a fish sandwich.

srdem65 January 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

Cabbage rolls. Fish sandwich. Pulled pork. mmmmmmm

Julie Brueckheimer January 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

“Mrs. O does not put cabbage on her plate.” The cabbage is for “downstairs”. SrDem.

Sadie January 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Downstairs? Is that an euphemism for cabbage “gas”. ; )

Julie Brueckheimer January 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

HAHA, no, I’m thinking of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downtown Abbey. The help.

cincycinco January 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm

No, she doesn’t like cabbage. You might think so from her smell, but that’s not cruciferous flautulence, it’s just the mouldy, turned earth stench of her stale, liberal ideas, compounded by the faint wiff of failure that transfers to her from her infrequent, staged embraces with her “Pumski”…

Anne Lieberman January 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

I hope FLOTUS or someone on her staff (of 22? 24?) IS reading WHD, because I’d like someone to respond to the report that we’ve quit giving our troops in Afghanistan a hot BREAKFAST — and who better than than she, with her programs for healthy eating and military families?


DeniseVB January 31, 2013 at 11:12 am

The msm won’t cover this story, too much of a conflict with the Obamas’ yummy 3000 calorie brunches. ;)

nellyq January 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Just dropped my son in Afghanistan an email asking if this is true. . .

AZ Granny January 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm

They claim it’s due to closing bases, however, they’re able to cook lunch and dinner. I don’t see why they can’t cook breakfast either.

brstevens January 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

If there was going to be some kind of function regarding Let’s Move on 2/9 wouldn’t it already be scheduled, or is it typical for the 3rd anniversary of a well publicized initiative promoted by the First Lady of the United States herself and backed up with rules and regulations to be completely ignored a little more than a week out?

Susan January 31, 2013 at 10:35 am

Read something about the two grifters signing their tweets with a “bo” or “mo” if it was really from them. Since this tweet is sans signature, one of their lackeys sent it out.

Those are some nice looking veggies. Any Whole Foods Markets in the vicinity of this fab garden?

ImNoDhimmi January 31, 2013 at 10:48 am

They look so clean for having just come fresh from the garden. Hydroponic, perhaps?

DeniseVB January 31, 2013 at 11:14 am

Somebody spent a lot of time to get those veggies ready for their close-up. Even when Martha Stewart plucks veggies from her gardens they don’t come out of the ground ready to prep and serve :D

Star January 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

At least one food stylist still has a job–look at the bright side.

JBH January 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm

My thought too. When I harvest winter lettuce or other leaf vegetables they are not this clean. Calling BS too.

Otis Driftwood January 31, 2013 at 10:49 am

laughing.. bo & mo..

Lynn II January 31, 2013 at 10:40 am


CiscoKid January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am

Cabbage, beets and potatoes, the diet of a good socialist.
Plenty to go around, of course after giving a fair share to the Government, because after all, there comes a time when you have to much ” cabbage “.

AFVet January 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Well said.
And the propaganda continues to the ‘useful idiots’.
Maybe Michelle can have a greater impact on the obesity in this Country by restricting food stamp recipients to only healthy fruits and vegetables.
Nah,…..never happen.
That would be disingenuous.

Brenda January 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

Keith, me thinks you touched a nerve.

Where are pics of the summer/fall harvest?

DeniseVB January 31, 2013 at 11:44 am

Mystery solved, the secret to yummy WH Kitchen garden winter vegetables:

MO didn’t build that, we did :)

srdem65 January 31, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for the link.

A “hoop house”, learn something new every day.
The whole idea of a WhiteHouse garden is ridiculous; it’s not like the WhiteHouse is in some isolated outpost, far from fresh edibles.

DeniseVB January 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I think the WH garden was supposed to set an example for the rest of us that it’s doable and fun! One small problem, most of us can’t afford the staff to tend to it and guarantee it’s success :D

William January 31, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Makes sense. It’s an idea we might start doing ourselves. The difference being that we will do it ourselves rather than have taxpayer-funded staff do it.

joelc January 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Not trying to be critical here but while we’re talking about Michelle’s garden, Sen. Menendez’s “hooker” problem seems to be ignored. If this thing takes off and the senator were to resign the Gov. of N.J. would get to appoint someone.

Susan January 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm

He’s not a Republican so the state-run media isn’t interested. They will find a way to justify his immorality and corruption. Poor Larry Craig will forever be shunned and disgraced for toe-tapping in a bathroom stall, yet Menendez can reportedly jet off to the Dominican Republic on his bagman’s jet to perform unsavory acts with children and not a peep from the state-run medial

joelc January 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm

You’re right….not only a “hooker” but supposedly an under-age hooker.
Where are the Rep. senators? Shouldn’t they be questioning this. 1 vote can make a huge difference in the Senate.

Langley Spook January 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm

The “US Senate” is now as pathetic as the “US House”…

cincycinco January 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm

While there is little evidence to support that she personally has much to do with vegetables, she certainly HAS demonstrated on numerous occasions that she has enough bile in her to digest the entire nation’s supply of green goodness in one sitting.

Honesty, I think her absence from things like her hubby’s “stirring” address on Sandy Hook and Ambassador Steven’s funeral are because the woman has a spleen where her heart should be…

cindylu January 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm

ya you cant harvest broccoli in january-they can’t even get their nonsense straight

nellyq January 31, 2013 at 4:57 pm

How in the world does She keep her veges so clean and neat and already prepped for the kitchen right from the garden? Just one more wonder from SWMBO’s magic garden. . .

Girly1 January 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Keith, it’s great to see how much power the WHD wields over the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.! MOOshelle must be glued to the internet. I’m betting her Let’s Move campaign is going to morph into Let’s Travel for the next four years now that all her sacrificin’ is over. She was, after all, to the manor born….

MarjoJimbo January 31, 2013 at 5:52 pm

The grass is way too green. I live in zone 8 and can’t sow and reap those veggies from my garden this time of year.

65andcounting January 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm

What made me laugh about her tweet was that she said “we” harvested! We, as in “my staff did the work and I sat for the photo”????

Knothead January 31, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Do we really give a freaking crap about Her Royal FLOTUS and the excrement that spews from her garden, which I call her big freaking mouth?
What a waste of time and money.

Knothead January 31, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I’ve got something the FLOTUS can tweet. #spit or swallow

Knothead January 31, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I apologize for that last post. Isn’t that the Democratic way? Not.

cincycinco February 1, 2013 at 8:11 am

Do you take full responsibilty like a Democrat? Whatever that means…

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