Really? Is every move in opposition to an Obama – him or now, her – a cynical political power grab driven by corporate interests?
How disappointing Tuesday to hear First Lady Michelle Obama rip a page out of her husband’s worn and tired menu of insults and charge that Republicans oppose her school lunch program because they care mainly about politics and far less than Obama about something good – in this case, kids.
“The last thing that we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health, especially when we’re finally starting to see some progress on this issue,” Michelle told a group of pro-Michelle foodies at the White House Tuesday.
Unfortunately, despite these successes, we’re now seeing efforts in Congress to roll back these new standards and undo the hard work that all of you, all of us have done on behalf of our kids. And this is unacceptable. It’s unacceptable to me not just as First Lady, but as a mother.
Well, beyond making “our kids” hungry, the new standards are putting the lunch ladies out of business. What Republicans want to do is merely to provide to school districts that are losing money a one-year waiver from the imposition of the latest tranche of one-lunch-fits-all requirements – including that foods be 100-percent whole grain.
Not only is it expensive for schools to meet the requirements, but kids are brown-bagging so they’ll have something to eat. Business is down and the lunch ladies are running scared!
Michelle’s use of her husband’s tactics didn’t stop at accusations of bad faith.
She threw in some misleading information, for example:
And the stakes just couldn’t be higher on this issue. Because one in three children in this country are still overweight or obese, and one in three are on track to develop diabetes in their lifetimes. Those are real statistics.
First of all, the stakes could be higher. We’re not talking nuclear proliferation here. And secondly on track to develop diabetes? Surely you mean at risk, Mrs. Obama, unless a third of the country is going to be diabetic.
She also threw in a little megalomania and Big – really Big – Government agenda stuff.
And I know this work isn’t easy. Transforming the health of an entire generation is no small task. But we have to be willing to fight the hard fight now.
Michelle Obama, transforming the health of an entire generation. Now that’s a legacy.
And she’ll use the government to do it. And they get insulted when you call them socialists.